Pashtun Blogs

If you or someone you know who blogs and are not listed below, please share your/their link(s) with us in the comments section or via email (orbala1@gmail.com). Thank you!
These blogs were found on a completely random basis. No preference has been, or will be, given to the Pashtun bloggers from either side of the Durand Line – Pakistan or Afghanistan. The only requirement for them to be included in this list is for them to consider themselves Pashtuns or be Pashtun (from either maternal or paternal side). I realize that almost all of the bloggers below are based in the west, except for a couple, but this is all I have been able to find within the last several months. So if you know any others, please don’t hesitate to share their blog links with me. Many, many thanks!
Also, in some time, I’ll also give a brief overview of what each blog is about.

Female Pashtun Bloggers
Mariam  / Mariam A [two separate blogs by the same person]
Sobia / Sobia (World Affairs and Beyond) [separate blogs by one person]
Male Pashtun bloggers:
Khurram Yusufzai and LivePak (separate blogs by one person)
Qissa Khwani [an edited blog run by Takhalus]
Ranizai
Sorposh – پښتو ن غږ
Voice of the Afghan Youth [various authors]

2 Responses to Pashtun Blogs

  1. orbala says:

    You speak like you have any say at all in how others should identify. I find that quite idiotic and wonder when such idiocy will perish.

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    • orbala says:

      Okay, let me explain to you how that works. Firstly, though, the nation you have citizenship in or the nation that issues you a passport doesn’t necessarily get to define who you are. Lots of people have an American passport and American citizenship and do not identify as American; they prefer to be identified more with the countries in which they were born/raised or where their roots lie.

      Second: Did you know that Pashtuns’ passports actually identify them as Afghan? Because “Pashtun” is synonymous with “Afghan.” Now that we’ve got this basic statement out of the way:
      1. “Afghan” is an ethnic identity as well as a national identity. A person can be an Afghan by ethnicity (as are Pashtuns) but belong to another country nationally — e.g., India, Pakistan, America, and so on.
      2. Since “Afghan” is a national identity, a person can identify as “Afghan” without being Afghan ethnically–as do the many ethnic groups inside Afghanistan, such as the Hazaras, the Tajiks, the Uzbeks, and others. These groups are all ethnic Hazaras/Tajiks/etc. but national Afghans).

      So, no, you’re wrong by claiming that “CLEARLY they are wrong” – because they’re not wrong. They know what they’re doing.

      One last thing, though: Many Pakistani Pashtuns who know their history well, especially the history of their origins in Afghanistan (did you know all Pukhtuns basically originated in Afghanistan? That’s actually our homeland, modern-day borders and nationhood aside). During the partition of Pakistan and India, Pashtuns, led by Ghaffar Khan (God be pleased with him), wanted to get Pashtuns their separate nation where their culture, language, identity could thrive. Sadly, that didn’t work out, and Pashtuns were forced to join either India or Pakistan. We opted for Pakistan because Pakistan happened to be Muslim, as are we. We were not given the choice to join Afghanistan (a choice we’d have been happy with) or be independent (something we preferred). Gradually, the more independent states of Pashtuns (e.g., Swat) were compelled/pressured to join Pakistan as well.

      So, no, you don’t get to tell us what we can identify as and what we can’t. You don’t get to say we have no right to identify as Afghans when we know what we’re doing, when we actually are Afghans, when our history goes beyond that of Pakistan, when our identity is deeper than that of “Pakistani.” We share a language and a history and an actual culture with Afghanistan. Afghans aren’t just our brothers and sisters; they are us, and we are them.

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