Plan B in Afghanistan: Why a De Facto Partition Is the Least Bad Option

Summary: There are no easy or cost-free ways to escape the current quagmire in Afghanistan. Although it has problems, a de facto partition of Afghanistan, in which Washington pursues nation building in the north and counterterrorism in the south, offers an acceptable fallback.

Current U.S. policy toward Afghanistan Continue reading

Return To NAVAYI!

The celebration of 570th birth anniversary of the biggest Turkic Uzbek Poet, Politician and human rights Defender Nizamuddin Amir Ali Sher NAWAYE .

From : Afghanistan Students Located in Istanbul –TURKEY

Date: 28th February 2011 Continue reading

Afghanistan Parliament Elects House Speaker

Afghan lawmakers Sunday made it to elect head of the Afghan House of Representatives.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, (Uzbek Turks ethnic group) a fellow candidate from South Turkistan (northern Afghanistan)  Kunduz province, swept majority of votes in the parliament and won house speaker seat after more than a month Continue reading

The Afghans

Review

“Vogelsang … has produced a valuable overview of Afghan history and archaeology…[his] book reminds readers that Afghanistan’s rich history and culture warrant far more attention than merely as a refuge for ‘evil-doers,’ and that its people deserve the interest and support Continue reading

Aimaq people of South Turkistan-North Afghanistan

From ancient times, Afghanistan has been the crossroads of Asia, inviting both trade and invasion. The region has been tramped by armies of infamous conquerors – Alexander the Great, Genghis Kahn, Tamerlane – as well as recent ones vying for British, Russian and Iranian interests. Continue reading

Afshar Massacre will never ever forgot

Afshar Massacred by Ahmad shah Masoud and Sayaf in 1993

According to The Guardian, November 16, 2001: “On February 11, 1993, Massoud and Sayyaf’s forces entered the Hazara suburb of Afshar, killing – by local accounts – “up to 1,000 civilians”, beheading old men, Continue reading

95 Taliban Join Peace and Reintegration Process in Jawzjan

Shibirghan (22 Jan) – 95 members of Taliban operating in Kosh Tepah and Derzab districts of Jawzjan Province have surrendered their weapons and joined the peace and reintegration process on 22 January. According to the Provincial Government sources, Continue reading

Massacre of Hazara Turks in Bamyan

Mass Killing during the Military Operation of Taliban:

The Taliban first time entered Bamyan city 13th September, 1998 after short fighting on Aghrubut pass. On 15-17 September the Taliban launched search in Bamyan villages to find out suspect people. Continue reading

A Muslim Shaman of Afghan Turkestan

A Muslim Shaman of Afghan Turkestan (South Turkistan)

During field work in 1968 in the town of K in northern Afghanistan (South Turkistan) (cf.Centlivres I971) the authors attended a therapeutic seance performed bya baxsi2 or shaman with the aid of a qobuz or horsehair fiddle. Both thebaxJi as a healer and his qobuz have long been observed among the Kazakh and Kirghiz, but their presence in Afghanistan was, to the best of our knowledge, first reported by Slobin (i969). Continue reading

Pushing partition in Afghanistan

Is retreating from the south a solution to the stalemate?

Robert Blackwill, a former foreign policy advisor to both presidents Bush, came to London today to deliver his arguments for a de facto partition ofAfghanistan. He made his case in Washington and in the Financial Timesearlier in the summer, and appeared in London Continue reading

Messes of Karzai in Afghanistan

Via his decisions the president of Afghanistan clearly gives this message:

“I can do whatever I wish to do. I do not have any other care or concern; I don’t care about international law, International Court of Justice, Untied Nations, local values or the opinions and rights of the local people… Continue reading

A de facto partition for Afghanistan

The Obama administration’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan seems headed for failure. Given the alternatives, de facto partition of Afghanistan is the best policy option available to the United States and its allies.

After the administration’s December Continue reading

Hazara “Ger” in Bamyan

Below is a video from American tourists who visited Bamyan in 1970s.

This historic footage shows Mongol-like “Gers” in Bamyan, the cultural and historical capital of Hazarajat, the Hazaraland in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Don’t Call That Warlord a Warlord

In Afghanistan, the term is no longer useful — though it should be.

Afghanistan has been at war for much of the past 32 years — hence the proliferation of warlords. Everyone from international pundits to local governors uses the term to discredit certain political factions or insult the “bad guys. Continue reading

Grassroots Radio In South Turkistan

Grassroots Radio In South Turkistan, Northern Afghanistan.

Sadruddin Nazar, a young businessman, has founded a start-up radio station in a remote village in South Turkistan Northern Afghanistan, using only the resources and equipment on hand. Continue reading

To Rebuild Navoi’s Tomb for 6000 USD is an insult

The latest announcement by the Afghan Government to rebuild the tomb of Amir Alisher Navoiy, an Uzbek politician, mystic, linguist and poet, who was born and lived in Herat western Afghanistan, has angered many inside and outside the country.

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The Timuries As Builders

Timur was not only a great conqueror; he was also a great builder. Whenever he laid waste to a city that stood in the path of his army, he would bring back the artisans to build his royal city of Samarqand. “There were sculptors, stone-masons and stucco-workers from Azerbaijan, Isfahan and Delhi; Mosaic-workers from Shiraz; weavers, glass-blowers and potters from Damascus – in such numbers that ‘the city was not big enough to hold them. Continue reading

Qarluq / Karluk Hazaras

Qarluq Hazaras, also pronounced as “Qalugh”, live mainly in Baghlan and a large number of them once lived in Uruzgan province of Central Afghanistan (Hazaristan). In Baghlan, they are an independent Hazara tribe, whereas in Uruzgan, they were a sub-tribe of one of the Hazara tribes that lived in that province, possibly Dai Khitai or Polada (1). There were three main Hazara tribes in Uruzgan, Dai Chuban, Dai Khitai, Polada and also a number of smaller Hazara clans.
This was before Amir Abdur Rahman’s invasion attempts to try to eliminate local Hazaras living in Uruzgan and instead repopulate the region with his followers. His army faced fierce resistance from the local Hazara tribes in Uruzgan. His army was defeated in many of his first attempts, however, since local Hazaras were surrounded from all around, they were eventually defeated and most of their population were either massacred or forced to flee their homeland.

Amir Abdur Rahman’s invasion not only fulfilled his goal which was to massacre an ethnic group and force them to flee their homeland but through this, he was also able to unite many other tribes to follow him in this act. They were told that Hazaras are “infidels”, so he was going to a “holy war” against them.

Among the Uruzgani Hazaras, there are no Polada and Dai Khitai Hazaras left today. From Dai Chuban tribe, Maska, which is a sub-tribe, were also affected and lower Maska region was entirely invaded. Qalandar, a sub-tribe of Dai Chuban faced a similar situation to Polada and Dai Khitai Hazaras. This is surely the greatest loss to a nation to have three of their tribes being massacred at once. Nowadays we do not hear much of Qarlurq sub-tribe among the Hazaras in Uruzgan, which shows that they either faced similar situation as the Polada and Dai Khitai Hazaras or they fled to somewhere else that we are unaware of. Many Hazaras fled to Quetta in Pakistan and also Mashhad in Iran. There is no trace of them in Quetta, which leaves Mashhad the only hope. There has not been any proper search done among the Irani Hazaras in Mashhad yet. We also hear that some Hazaras (possibly Maska Hazaras) left Mashhad for Turkmenistan.

P.S. It would be a great help if anyone with any news/info could either leave a comment or contact me regarding Uruzgani Qarluq Hazaras and Maska Hazaras who fled to Iran and Turkmenistan.

Hamed Batur

Sources:

(1) This was one of the findings of Sir Alexander Burnes, an English explorer who passed Hazara villages in Uruzgan in early 1800’s on his way to Kabul. This piece of info was taken by an Author named Elizabeth E. Bacon, from one of his journals in London.


Karlugh Turk

A brief post about Hazaras of Baghlan and Samangan

Bağlan is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is of great significance to Hazara history and unity. It has shown capabilities in unifying local Hazaras regardless of whether they are Sunni or Shia in good and bad times. There are also Hazaras in Qundoz (e.g. Khaan Abaad Hazaras), Balkh, Badakhshan and Takhar, but this post is mainly about Hazaras in Baghlan and Samangan. Continue reading

Stage 1 – Hazara ancestors before 12th century (Ak Huns)

The Huns

‘Turan’ is an ancient Dari word which means Central and part of North Asia. To be more specific it refers to the regions that are today known as Mongolia and some countries surrounding it. Around 400 BC, present day Mongolia was home to many nomadic tribes. Continue reading

U.S. official resigns over Afghanistan war

Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting.

When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Eight years of ISAF operations in Afghanistan. Who are the winners?

The Enduring Freedom operation was launched in the night of October 7, 2001. International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), operating under NATO, have been present in Afghanistan for already 8 years. ISAF are represented by 39 countries, both inside and outside NATO.

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Qizilbash people of Afghanistan

The Qizilbash are Turkic-speaking Azerbaijani background, united in their belief in Twelver Shia Islam.

Kizilbash are Azeri Turks tribes mainly from Anatolia and Azerbaijan. The main different of Qizilbash Oghuz tribes with other Turkic people is that they are Shia Turkic people. Therefore the name Qizilbash is usually applied to them only. Continue reading