"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.”