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Book Discussion | The Pashtuns: A Contested History

The Pashtuns are perhaps the largest ethnic group in the world without a country of their own. They inhabit a continuous stretch of land from the Hindu Kush to the Indus, across Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan used the Pashtun-dominated areas in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as a launching pad against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and later during the US-led War on Terror. In the process, FATA was kept in a constitutional and informational black hole. The discontent finally burst in 2018 when the extra-judicial killing of a Pashtun youth led to widespread protests.

This book fills a gap in the geopolitical understanding of South Asia, given the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the shifting power equations in the region.

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Tilak Devasher

Author; Member, National Security Advisory Board

Shalini Chawla

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies

Smruti S Pattanaik

Research Fellow, MP-IDSA

TCA Raghavan

Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan


Kabir Taneja

Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

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    Title: Book Discussion | The Pashtuns: A Contested History
    ID: 113075
    date publish: 2022-11-09 10:17:33
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