NWFP officially renamed as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
The 15th April 2010 marks the historic day when the 18th amendment was passed and hence first step was taken towards the recognistion of Pashtuns as the second major nation [ethnic group] living in Pakistan.
The renaming of NWFP will have positive effects on Pashtun nation.If more provinces are made as result of Hazara's objection to renaming the province then Pakhtuns and othr nationalities in Pakistan will see two positive steps in the future:
1) The creation of another division in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province carved out of present Hazara division due to the concensus of the MP's from Battagram,Shangla and Kohistan Distt of Hazara division as these distt are predominantly Pakhtun.
2) Punjab will be divided into three provinces Potohar,Seraikistan and Punjab which will help break the monopoly and hegemony of Punjab over the resources of other provinces by reducing its votes in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
The Pakhtuns of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will now own the province and the land as they had never accepted the existence of Pakistan consciously due to the flawed referendum after the creation of Pakistan in which they were just asked to become either a part of India or Pakistan ,not giving them the third option to become a part of their historic motherland Afghanistan.
The renaming will hopefully lead to the renaming of the Pashtun Belt of Balochistan as Bolan or South Pakhtunkhwa,in addition to the merger of Attock and Mianwali into the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the future.
FATA will also be considered to be an option for becoming a province ,though the Durand line issue still exists between Afghanistan and Pakistan.The names to be considered for FATA are Central Pakhtunkhwa from the Pakhtun Nationalists while Qabailistan from the Pakistani establishment.I think Qabaili Pakhtunkhwa will be a good compromise and an acceptible name too for FATA.
News Excerpt from Pakistani Newspaper: [DAWN NEWS:Thursday, 15 Apr, 2010 ]
"Pakistan Senate approves 18th Amendment bill Senate approves 18th Amendment bill ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's North West Frontier Province was officially renamed as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday".