Pakhtuns are divided through a conspiracy, Iftikhar


Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Culture and Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has stated that there was no difference whatsoever between the Pakhtuns of both settled and tribal areas and that they had been separated from each other under a conspiracy.

Addressing as chief guest at the Youth Cultural Festival, he said that the youth both from the settled and tribal areas have proved the fact that they are one and the same people.

Youth from all seven tribal agencies of FATA, all the settled districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and even Afghanistan had established stalls defecting the cultural values of the Pakhtuns at the festival.

The Minister evinced keen interest in the stalls and lauded the efforts of the youth to bring the people closed to each other. He pointed out that the Pakhtuns had a rich history and strong culture spreading over five thousand years.

He pointed out that culture should not be limited to music but it extends to each and ever point in time of a nation, making the basis for the identity and strength of a nation that is why the Pakhtuns enemies targeted their culture at the 1st instance.

However, he vowed to protect the Pakhtuns culture at all costs and foil the designs of anti-Pakhtuns elements. He stressed upon the youth to concentrate upon their studies as only education could guarantee their future. He said that once educated a nation knows the importance of their cultural values and feel proud of it.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain pointed out that Bacha Khan inculcated the spirit of struggle for their rights among the Pakhtuns and that also through non-violent means.

Non-violence, the Minister pointed out, is not cowardness but the gist of bravery and perseverance. The ongoing terrorism imposed upon the Pakhtuns, he said, is the worst of its kind which had been strictly prohibited by the Holy Qur’an.

Thus, the terrorists are not only the enemies of humanity but that of Islam, Prophet SAW and Allah Almighty. He vowed to fight against those playing with the lives of the innocent till their total elimination.

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