For more than a century, British colonial writings have been the main source of Western information about Pashtuns, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and the second biggest in Pakistan. A new book, The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan, by a Pashtun scholar, Abubakar Siddique, offers a fresh perspective and serves as a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly and journalistic works on the region. It also arrives at a critical juncture, when the United States and NATO are drawing down in Afghanistan.
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Hamid Hussain is an analyst who has written extensively on South Asians security affairs.