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Inevitable Union: Confederation of Afghanistan & Pakistan


By: Rupee News

Pakistan Afghanistan union map: The merger of Afghanistan and Pakistan is inevitablePakistan Afghanistan union map: The merger of Afghanistan and Pakistan is inevitable

While Pakistan continues to develop from a young nation to a mature one, after passing through a tumultuous history having fought & survived 3 wars with a determined enemy to its east, poverty, a changing world politically/economically, soviet intervention and hostility from neighboring Afghanistan and more recently Nuclear brinkmanship from India and the war on terror. Pakistan has proven itself to be resilient, determined and very much at the front-line of world affairs, a place which invokes passionate resolve despite the multitude of problems facing it, neighboring countries and the region as a whole.

Many Political analysts, Afghans and Pakistani’s have discussed the possibility of forming a confederation btw the two nations of Afghanistan & Pakistan.

Initially, the two nations would function under considerable autonomy, sharing only security, monetary and trade relations(already existent) and later on, as relations solidify and improve, there can be greater cohesion by unifying the political structure of these two nations. There will no doubt be many hurdles on the way from pressure groups in both Pakistan & Afghanistan, but the idea of Afghanistan and Pakistan as united countries is not so far fetched and is a natural sequel of the region vis-a-vis current patterns of orientation, trade links, population movement, historical/cultural/linguistic spheres and public sentiment. If one reads through history, you’ll find that the modern lands of Pakistan where in fact ‘Afghanistan’ just a few hundred years ago prior to British occupation. In fact, the modern nation state of Afghanistan created by Shah Abdali consisted of all of modern day Afghanistan, and all of modern day Pakistan(including every province in it:Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, Kashmir). Coincidentally, the current Pakistan India border used to be the ancient border with Afghanistan. I refer you to the following link from an Afghan site which shows a map during the time of Abdali—> Afghan-web.com/history.empire.html

While Pakistan has surplus foods and is an established rising economic/regional power it suffers from a lack of natural resources and dominance of certain ethnic groups(mainly Punjabi who make up 46% of population, with the pushtuns in 2nd place at 18%) and a minority of Muslim refugees known as muhajir who came from India at the time of independence and were disproportionately represented in the countries services despite being less than 6% of the population. In Afghanistan, the country suffers from severe food shortages, is landlocked, yet does contain many natural resources. Afghanistan also suffers bitter ethnic rivalry between the Pushtuns (about 40% of the population) and Tajiks(@ 27%) an urbanized, educated and elite group with both showing varying antagonism towards other smaller groups such as the Hazaras, Turkomen etc…. Union/Confederation of Pakistan and Afghanistan would help these two former ‘Afghan Domains’ compliment each other, help create a healthy & equitable balance between ethnic groups in both countries and return these two countries to their original culture/linguistic borders. Many of the inherent difficulties the two nations currently suffer would in part be shared by the other half so to speak. Also, such a confederation would be a country of enormous potential, resources and strength in the region bringing along with it, stability, growth and prosperity to the entire region. It would also be by default a nuclear power and have considerable resources at its disposal. Political analyst have always stated that such a state is and most likely will be inevitable in the near future but the issue is not of if& how this will happen but rather of when it will happen! http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/68-3640.aspx

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  1. February 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

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