Pakistan: Why liberal Pashtuns are supporting the Afghan government
12 August 2021 | 6:16 am
The Afghan Taliban enjoy significant support in Pakistan's northwestern region, but progressive Pashtuns are wary of their potential return to power in Afghanistan. They are now rooting for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
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