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A member of an ethnic group of Afghanistan and parts of western Pakistan.

[Pashto Pəštūn; see Pathan.]


or Push•tun


n., pl. -tuns, (esp. collectively) -tun.
a member of a people of S Asia, living mainly in E and S Afghanistan and adjacent parts of Pakistan, esp. the Northwest Frontier Province.
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Noun1.Pashtun - a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of AfghanistanPashtun - a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of Afghanistan; "Pathans are the predominant ethnic group in Afghanistan"
Afghanistani, Afghan - a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan
2.Pashtun - an ethnic minority speaking Pashto and living in northwestern Pakistan and southeastern Afghanistan
ethnic minority - a group that has different national or cultural traditions from the majority of the population


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The JUI-F leader said the PTI had disappointed people of the province during its term and it had been badly failed to deliver according to its pledges made with Pukhtun before the 2013 elections.
Deputy Director of Directorate of Culture, Ajmal Khan said purpose of these contests was to highlight the hidden talent of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and provide them an opportunity to further polish their skills in playing Rabab which is particularly related to this Pukhtun region.
He recommends that the US should concentrate on strengthening Punjabis and the Pakistan Army rather than the illiterate Pukhtun or the wild and numerically inconsequential Baloch.
Those who met Mian Iftikhar Hussain in the middle of his psychological trauma found him to be a stoic and brave Pukhtun nationalist.
They opposed and closed a shelter for women survivors of violence in Peshawar, Mera Ghar, with Siraj-ul-Haq stating that those who want to focus on violence against women want to destroy Islamic and Pukhtun culture.
Ahmed, Pukhtun Economy and Society: Traditional Structure and Economic Development in a Tribal Society (Boston: Routledge & Keegan Paul, 1980), 63; and Sana Haroon, Frontier of Faith: Islam in the Indo-Afghan Borderland (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), 15-17, 36-37, 67-68.
57% of 1,710 Pukhtun respondents residing in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province agreed that "adults having sex with boys" was considered "a matter of pride," although they generally condemned the practice, while another 14 percent stated it was seen as a "symbol of status.
Pukhtun Student Federation Central Chairman Imtiaz Wazir also participated in sit-in and demanded of the government to take steps to reduce the problems being faced by IDPs.
It would thus be necessary to have these ethnic groups on board to prevent Indian, Russian or Iranian presence among these groups, or a Pukhtun versus the rest civil war.
With the industrial boom of 1960s the Pukhtun population of Sindh started to increase and today the population of Pukhtuns in Sindh, like the Baloch, is the largest outside their own province.
TIMERGARA -- The Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Fazl Chief and chairman Pakistan's Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rehman on Monday said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was being run by western non-governmental organization and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was working to change the Islamic and Pukhtun culture and civilization.
Babak said elements who do not want to see the Pukhtun leadership in politics stole the mandate of ANP so that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf could come into power.