LAHORE: A warning to the Government of Afghanistan to refrain from interfering in the affairs of the North-West Frontier of India is sounded by Khan Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a member of the All-India Muslim League Council.

In a statement to the Press today [July 28], Khan Ghulam Mohammad Khan said that when despite all his efforts Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan failed to hold back the Frontier Province from joi­ning Pakistan he started the stunt of Pathanistan. Later on, the Afghan Government joining hands with him demanded the annexation of the Frontier Province. But after receiving a rebuff she too went the way of supporting self-determination for the North-West Frontier Province.

“It is quite obvious,” Khan Ghulam Moham­mad said, “that this small Province with a total population of a little over three million cannot afford to become an independent State and must of necessity align itself either with Pakistan or Afghanistan. As Muslims we the Pathans of the Frontier Province believe ourselves akin to the Muslims of the Punjab and our interests demand an alignment with Pakistan rather than with Afghanistan, which is an autocratic and backward country.

Published in Dawn, July 30th, 2022

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