Should Achakzai’s Afghanistan outburst be allowed to go un-noticed?
Should it happen? Can or Should the outburst from the Pakistan Milli Awami Party chief, Mahmood Khan Achakzai during visit to Afghanistan be allowed to go un-noticed? The question has been agitating the people at almost every level, but the official silence on such a sensitive subject is intriguing.
On his return to Pakistan, the elderly politician from the Pushtoon belt of Balochistan laid the entire blame on the Kabul newspaper that splashed his interview on its front page and that too in screaming headlines. His clarification that he was quoted out of context, or the interview was presented in distorted form, is a mere excuse, and unacceptable till such time it is proven right. He claimed that he had merely stated that Khyber Pukhotonkhwa was once part of Afghanistan, cannot be dismissed lightly. It is a mere afterthought, a crude attempt to escape from the aftermath.
History has been replete with examples of geographical changes in the world for thousands of years. Austria’s links with Germany, or Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Great Roman and the Prussian Empires all bear testimony to that. Afghanistan’s history too dates back to 500 Years BCE, but changes kept coming whether it was Arians who left their footprints of Pushto language in Afghanistan, or whether Afghanistan shrunk in territory is a debate on that will be of mere academic nature now.
Hitler, burning with revenge, tried to conquer neighouring States, met its waterloo in Leningrad, like Napoleans did in Belgium. Whether the KP, which until recently, was known as the North-West Frontier Province, was part of Afghanistan, is futile to discuss.
Afghans do have claim on KP, rejecting the British-created Durand Line, but it is also a fact that KP, after historical referendum in the 40s, chose be part of Pakistan. This is something that is indisputable, and irrefutable reality, which cannot be undone by such illogical statements as that of Mahmood Khan Achakzai. Like Mir Hasil Biznejo, Achakzai, too, is son of a celebrity. Both Samad Khan Achakzai, and Mir Ghous Bux Bijenzo, were tremendous leaders. Their sons, however, have abandoned the golden principles, their illustrious fathers had cherished and devoted their lives for.
Both of them have now fallen prey to lust and greed. The two identify themselves as warriors for the rights of Balochistan, but both prefer to be in the cosy comfort of Islamabad instead of being with their people in the backward south-western province.
Although a minister in the federal cabinet, Hasil’s bargain for benefits still allows him space for self-defence, but same cannot be said about his compatriot. The fact that he went for offices and benefits for his family, is now a matter of official record. Even cursory glance will prove that point irrevocably.
Mahmood Khan’s brother is governor Balochistan, second brother is MPA, sister in law of Achakzai’s wife is MPA, and sister of wife is MNA, brother-inlaw is manager, Quetta airport, second brother in law (wife’s brother) is DIG, Motorway, the nephew of wife is lecturer, and second brother is registrar.
The entire family is now in the government. And now Mahmood Khan declares KP as part of Afghanistan—treacherous statement, and ought to be taken notice for trial of impeachment.
A vital question is as to why Mahmood Khan not deny the contents of that interview while being in Kabul. Why did he speak up after he was taken on for that on his return to Pakistan. The interview, must, surely be a taped one. Let that English newspaper of Kabul replay that tape, and reproduce the exact words of what Achakzai had said. Everything will be crystal clear.
Pushtoons do have historical links with Afghanistan, but they are now a separate entity, just like Urdu speaking migrants from India, are now pure Pakistanis. They cannot look back at their origins. Migrants or those performing Hijra are categorized as valued clan or category of people. Pushtoon history too is replete with courage and valour, but now that KP is part of Pakistan, linking it back to historical perspective is bound to create doubts. And it can be ripples in the pond.