Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Composed of distinct peoples who have lived in separate enclaves for centuries, including Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, and Balochis, Pakistan is striving hard, though unsuccessfully, to forge a new national identity. However, inter-ethnic dissensions linger. Few Punjabis would ever marry Sindhis, Pashtuns, or Balochis, and vice versa. Each ethnic group is proud of its history and traditions. The Pashtuns celebrate themselves as indomitable warriors. The Balochis find roots with Iranians and Arabs. The Sindhis are the first Muslims in the subcontinent. The Punjabis, constituting the majority of the population, profess intellectual superiority over others and dominate federal bureaucracy, politics, and the armed forces.