They Finally Did It

by Joshua Foust on 5/27/2008 · 1 comment

The Awami National Party can pat itself on the back: the Northwest Frontier Province is being renamed Pukhtunkhwa. The proposal, supported by Zardari’s PPP, will end, in their words, a “colonial anachronism.” This of course it to tie the province to the majority ethnicity, as is the case in Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan.

I wonder if other colonial anachronisms, such as the FATA (which is by all rights also a land of the Pashtuns), the Frontier Crimes Regulation, and so on, will be “modernized” as well? Of course not. Naturally, the Chitrali, Hazara, and Kohistanis are not thrilled, and I’m sure Afghanistan and Balochistan are wondering if this is just step one toward establishing an independent Pashtunistan.

I eagerly await the hyperventilating and ignorant op-eds in the papers this week denouncing the “capitulation” and “terrorist succor” this will bring.


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David May 27, 2008 at 8:54 pm

It’s going to be fun to hear westerners mangle that name given the grief that ‘kh’ causes them.

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