Pashtunistan (Pashto: پښتونستان‎, Pax̌tūnistān or Pukhtunistan,[1][2][3] meaning the "land of Pashtuns"[4]) means the region where the indigenous Pashtun people of modern-day Afghanistan and Pakistan lived.[5][6][7]


  1. Students' Britannica India. Vol. 1–5. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-06-07. Ghaffar Khan, who opposed the partition, chose to live in Pakistan, where he continued to fight for the rights of the Pashtun minority and for an autonomous Pakhtunistan (or Pathanistan) within Pakistan.
  2. The Modern Review, Volume 86. Prabasi Press Private. Retrieved 2009-06-07. The Afghan Government is actively sympathetic towards their demand for a Pathanistan. It has been declared by the Afghan Parliament that Afghanistan does not recognise the Durand line...
  3. The Spectator, Volume 184. F.C. Westley. Retrieved 2009-06-07. Instead it adopted the programme of an independent " Pathanistan " — a programme calculated to strike at the very roots of the new Dominion. More recently the Pathanistan idea has been taken up by Afghanistan.
  4. Various spellings result from different pronunciation in various Pashto dialects. See Pashto language: Dialects for further information.
  5. Nath, Samir (2002). Dictionary of Vedanta. Sarup & Sons. p. 273. ISBN 81-7890-056-4. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  6. "The History of Herodotus Chapter 7". Translated by George Rawlinson. The History Files. 440 BC. Archived from the original on 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2007-01-10. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |year= (help)
  7. Houtsma, Martijn Theodoor (1987). E.J. Brill's first encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936. Vol. 2. BRILL. p. 150. ISBN 90-04-08265-4. Retrieved 2010-09-24.