To the anon who asked about the whole “Gul Marjan i na mani”-thing (I deleted your message because I didn’t know the answer to your question but now I found out).
Gul Marjan is a joke famous among Afghans, about a student who always fails his exams but gets promoted just because he refuses the results. Similarly, Abdullah Abdullah, the candidate opposite to Dr. Ashraf Ghani, didn’t accept the results of the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan because his rival had the most votes. Therefore, Afghans gave Abdullah Abdullah the name “Gul Marjan” and started saying “Gul Marjan i na mani” (“Gul Marjan does not accept”). There are a lot of videos of Afghans and non-Afghans saying “Gul Marja i na mani”, so it has become a very popular phrase. See for example this video, where a person asks another person “what happened about Afghan elections” and the other person answers “Gul Marjan i na mani”.
There’s even a video explaining it. The whole thing is so funny.
Here’s a tip: If you talk about drones in Pakistan and you say they kill the ‘tribal people’ (because they operate in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas/FATA) or if you talk about the Pakistani Army and how they bomb the ‘tribal people’ in FATA or the ‘northern people’ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), you should know that you sound really dumb. Why not just say Pashtuns when that’s what you really mean to say? Ask yourself: who are the ‘tribal people’? They’re Pashtun tribes who live in FATA. And who are the ‘northern people’? Pashtuns in the Pashtun province of KPK. It’s as easy as that. I know of a lot of people who would rather not make it an ‘ethnic issue’, but you should know that it is. It is an ethnic issue and the ‘tribal people’ and ‘northern people’ you speak of say that themselves. The racism and violence they face in Pakistan isn’t because they’re ‘tribal’ or because they’re from the North (for instance, a lot of other ethnic groups in Pakistan are ‘tribal’ and from the North); it’s because they’re Pashtuns. Pashtun is their ethnic identity and you should’t leave that out.
A Pakistani rocket injured a 10-year old girl in the Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan on Thursday night. And earlier this week, 61 rockets were fired into Kunar. Earlier in June, 120 rockers were fired. In May, over 1,000 rockets were fired. All of these were fired in Kunar, though the Pakistani Army shells five other provinces in eastern Afghanistan on a regular basis as well.
This is what happened: In most of June and the beginning of July, the Pakistani Army was busy bombing people in North Waziristan, so it was quiet in Kunar for a few weeks, until now. Now they have resumed their shelling of eastern Afghanistan. It’s only a matter of time until helicopters, jets and airstrikes attack eastern Afghanistan again.
A small clarification on this post.
In the original post I wrote that the Pakistani Army drones eastern Afghanistan. It has come to my attention that drones are unmanned airstrikes, meaning there is no pilot on board the aircraft. Pakistan carries out airstrikes (and shellings) in eastern Afghanistan which is almost the same as drones, except they’re manned, meaning there is a pilot on board the aircraft. The point stands still, but I thought I’d clarify. I also edited the original post long ago to “the Pakistani Army shells and carries out airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan”, which is more accurate.