Pukhtoon democratic culture(This article is for promotion of Jolene Campbell's campaign against stereotypes)

The stereotypes regarding Pukhtoon extremism have lost their basis when young Chief Minister of KPK Amir Haider Khan Hoti along with Opposition Leader Akram Khan Durrani had jointly announced name of new care taker Chief Minister for Khyber Puktoon Khwa province on Friday evening. Khyber Pukhtoon Khwa province dwellers of both settled and tribal areas are appeared tall and leading like the rocky and lofty mountains among which they are grown up at the end of five years term of elected government.

Beauty of Khyber Puktoon Khwa province attracts the world towards it, can be seen in its people and in its lofty mountains and serene plains too, most often by opponents were defamed as land of extremists, actually both its tribal and settled areas were fallen victim to their long standing tradition of hospitality which has become source of complacent arrival of extremists here from all around the world soon after Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

In Dara Adam Khel tribal area before 1979, European and American Tourists used to come frequently, and in Peshawar capital of Khyber Pukhtoon Khwa mostly visible young people were of European origin in its Sadar bazaar, and in Qisa Khwani bazaar areas.

Pukhtoon bravery and resilience have no match, during past half a decade after each bomb explosion in its cities and in its tribal areas scores of citizens were martyred every time but life remain was normal here, even in Dara Adam Khel business remains normal during the early hours of day but after the afternoon shops are shuttered down due to security reasons.

The culture of Puktoon Khwa province is democratic in nature, with the spread of education here now democracy along with Puktoon high moral values is flourishing here, interestingly in Puktoon political culture fake cases against opponents, breaking up of marital relations due to political differences between families are very rare here, KPK politicians remain out of blame game against each other.

Announcement of the name of care taker Chief Minister by young elected Chief Minister of KPK province by creating consensus reflects the skill of educated youth in politics, and such a congenial political environment in this province will help breaking the stereotypes created to distort its image around the world.

Written by

Abdur Raziq
M.phil US Study (International Relation-History)
 of Dara Adam Khel Bazaar