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  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 07:56 PM

Pathans in Kashmir Preserve Identity

Nafeesa Syeed / The Wall Street Journal
They forbade intermarriage with outsiders and were adamant about speaking Pashto. Villagers have texts written in Pashto from their forefathers and still teach their children how to read and write the script. Mr. Khan and others claim that their Pashto is “unadulterated,” unlike the Pashto spoken in Peshawar or Afghanistan, which they say has mixed with other languages.

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