Christians Massacred in Peshawar After Sunday Service
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  • USNK2

    When ViaMeadia starts noting which Pashtun tribe is doing what, then maybe these horror attacks will have context.
    After all, Peshawar was historically part of Afghanistan until the 1830’s.

    • People love to talk about redrawing lines on maps as if by merely doing so we’d rid ourselves of the legacies of Mortimer Durand, Mark Sykes and their like. It’s generally not that easy.

      But anyway, leaving its merits aside, your point is quite outside the scope of a short blog post noting a beastly atrocity and its implications for Sharif’s stillborn Taliban outreach initiative.

      • USNK2

        Damir: the Kingdom of Afghanistan lost their winter capital of Peshawar in the 1830’s to Ranjit Singh’s short-lived Sikh Kingdom of the Punjab.
        Many local wars later, the Durand Line was drawn in 1893.
        I was not suggesting redrawing colonial boundaries here.

        I was inquiring if the Mehsud Pashtuns of Waziristan bombed Peshawar’s All Saints Church, perhaps as a barbaric attempt to erase the British legacy of missionaries in Peshawar.

        And, do not see this as any barrier to Sharif’s outreach to Pakistan’s Taliban, which is led by the Mehsuds.

        Just because westerners are more comfortable labelling “Taliban” does not mean the Afghan and Pakistani governments do the same. They know the intricacies of the Pashtun tribal histories.

        Took me ten years to figure out the Afghan Taliban are mostly Ghilzais (and what that means to the Popalzai Durranis), and the Pakistan Taliban mostly Mehsuds, who still have a blood feud with the Yousefzais of Swat, adding a new dimension to the barbaric Taliban shooting of Malala Yousefzai.

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