July 28, 2009

THERE IS NO PAKISTAN:

Call for Pashtun nation is not far away (Mohan Guruswamy, 7/28/09, Rediff)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his infinite wisdom has put Balochistan on the Indo-Pak agenda. But why stop at Balochistan? Just as Balochistan was annexed by Pakistan in 1948, the Pashtun homelands that now make up the North West Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies were annexed by the British just 70 years before they departed from the subcontinent.

It is a pity that few people in India know what really Pakistan is all about. Even today, they dare not refer to the NWFP and FATA as Pashtunistan or Pathanistan or anything that would confer upon them a sub-nationality within Pakistan, as in the case of Punjab, Sind and Balochistan. [...]

In the recent times, Afghan and Pakistani forces now in the Tribal Agencies ostensibly in pursuit of Al Qaeda, have clashed at various points along the Durand Line. It is now only a question of time before the demand for the reunification of all their people becomes a rallying call for the Pashtun nation. Even the internal dynamics within Afghanistan now demand it. There is much unfinished business here. If the Pakistanis now insist on putting self-determination for Kashmir on the agenda, let's also put self-determination for Balochistan and Pashtunistan on the same agenda.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2009 7:08 AM
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