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Pashtuns, known historically as ethnic Afghans and in the Indian subcontinent as Pathans, form an ethnic group of approximately 49 million people[1] who mainly live in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Pashtuns (some pronounce it as Pakhtoons) speak their native Pashto language but many of them are also fluent in Persian, Urdu and Hindi.[2] Racially, they are white people.[3]

Notable people who relate to the Pashtun ethnicity[edit]

Random images of Pashtuns from Afghanistan[edit]

Random images of Pashtuns from Pakistan[edit]


  1. Lewis, Paul M.. Pashto, Northern. SIL International. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. "Ethnic population: 49,529,000 possibly total Pashto in all countries."
  2. Pashtun | people (in en). Encyclopedia Britannica.
  3. Matter of K-, 2 I&N 253, 257 (BIA 1945; A.G. 1945) ("Physically, we believe that in the eyes of the common man an [ethnic] Afghan looks like a white person. Further, his historical origins lie in the continent of Europe. He is not associated with those races in Asia, like the Japanese, the Chinese and the Indian, which have been found not to be white.").