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    Posted: 01-Jul-2008 at 05:35
Which one is the correct form for Afghans (specially Pashtuns)

Afghan
Aghan
Aughan
Aughoul
Auvghan

I have heard this name many different types.



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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jul-2008 at 06:03
There is no proper term for citizens of Afghanistan. Afghan means Pashtun, it is synonomous with it. Locally, when you want to say a "citizen of Afghanistan" you say "Afghani" or "Aghanistani".
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jul-2008 at 06:04
Also many Pashtuns esp in rural areas tend to define themselves in terms of their tribe. So say, Afridi, or Yousafzai, or Khattak. This is esp true in Pakistan.
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  Quote Suren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jul-2008 at 06:23
Originally posted by Sparten

There is no proper term for citizens of Afghanistan. Afghan means Pashtun, it is synonomous with it. Locally, when you want to say a "citizen of Afghanistan" you say "Afghani" or "Aghanistani".


We used to call Afghanistan Citizens as Afghani, too. 
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jul-2008 at 07:26
Many non-Pashtun Afghani want to change the name back to Khorsan.
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  Quote Suren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jul-2008 at 01:37
Originally posted by Sparten

Many non-Pashtun Afghani want to change the name back to Khorsan.

They want to change Afghanistan name not the ethnicity one. I think this sentence is irrelevant to the topic.
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jul-2008 at 06:59
Actually it is. Non Pashtun Afghanis get very hot under the collar when you call them Afghan. Afghanistan's name is what they want to change, since they are not Khorsan.
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