Abstract

After the 1947 Partition of India, the government of Afghanistan found an opportunity to reclaim the lands lost to British India as a result of the Durand Line Agreement in 1893. These lands, known as Pashtunistan, were annexed to Pakistan. The issue of Pashtunistan’s fate became the backbone of Afghanistan’s foreign and domestic policies. This article explores the reasons for the Pashtunistan issue’s significance to Afghanistan’s royal family and how a policy of advancing Pashtun nationalism was conducted by the government, and what the issue meant for newly established political parties.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 197-209
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-15
Open Access
No
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