The Basics of Pashtunwali

Code of the Pashtun.

  • Melmastia (hospitality and protection to every guest)

  • Nanawati (the right of a fugitive to seek refuge and acceptance of his bona fide offer of peace)

  • Badal (the right of blood feuds or revenge)

  • Tureh (bravery)

  • Sabat (steadfastness)

  • Imandari (righteousness)

  • Isteqamat (persistence)

  • Ghayrat (defense of property and honor)

  • Namus (defense of one’s women)
I miss my country

Sometimes I get so homesick for my country. At these times I just want to feel what bothers me the most when I’m there, slipping through my fingers: the sand. The sand from my country. What bothers me the most because it makes everything dirty suddenly turns precious to me when I get homesick.

"Let us not judge their customs, traditions, and culture by universal human rights standards because the ancient yet socially infantile Pakhtun community, comprising of a complex mosaic of tribal identities, is still reeling under an inward-looking xenophobic patriarchy. The highest virtue – higher than life itself – is the concept of honour among Pakhtun men, which is epitomized in the modesty and virtuosity of their women. A Pakhtun woman is the custodian of the family honour. She needs to remain in seclusion or be wrapped up in burqa in public. Her movements and gestures, even the tone of her voice can bring shame and paighor to the whole family.

Let’s be polite to the sensibilities of the educated Pakhtun and refrain from considering Pakhtun woman as a commodity as she, in addition to the household chores, can produce children, rear cattle, and engage in agricultural activities in the fields but her labour remains un-paid. In some instances, working women face delayed marriages to retain the income in the parents’ homes, and in case of marriage, husbands get hold of their spouses’ earnings. Even very successful women face problems in acquiring property in their own names.”

anonymous said:

Are the differences between Pashto/ Pakhto, Peshawar/ Pekhawar, Nowshera/ Nokhar, Pashtun/ Pakhtun due to the different Pashto dialects present? Or is the word 'Pashto' an English term and the actual pronunciation is 'Pakhto'? Thanks in advance.

It’s a difference in the dialects. The Southern dialects pronounce the letter ښ as “sh” and the Eastern dialects pronounce it as “kh.”

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PTI wins KP by-survey

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf hopeful Ehtisham Javed Akbar won the by-decision held for Khyber Pakhtun¬khwa Assemb¬ly’s PK-68, Dera Ismail Khan-V, and electorate on Monday.

As per informal results from all the 108 surveying stations, Mr Akbar packed away 37,178 votes against 32,640 surveyed by Syed Murid Kazim Shah. Mr Shah challenged the survey as an autonomous hopeful however he reveled in the sponsorship of PPP, Awami National Party and JUI-Fazl.

The voter turnout was around 60 for every penny. The body electorate has 127,617 enrolled voters (69,003 men and 58,614 ladies) and 27 surveying stations were set up for men and 27 for ladies. Fifty-four surveying stations were such where both men and ladies were permitted to cast their votes.

Taking all things together, 13 hopefuls were in the run.

The seat had fallen empty after Javed Akbar, who had won as a free hopeful, was precluded by a decision tribunal in a fake degree case. Mr Ehtisham, Javed Akbar’s child, challenged the by-survey on a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ticket.