Prof. Yaseen Iqbal Yousafzai
Punjab constituting about 55% of the total Pakistani population, is the most populous province of the country while KP (13%) is about a quarter of it. Area-wise, Balochistan is the largest province constituting about 39% of the total area and KP is the smallest with about 8.5%. For the last few decades, KP has been the direct victim of the Afghan war which started in 1979 and ended in early 90s. In addition to indiscriminate explosions which not only killed many including women and children but destroyed educational and socioeconomic infrastructure as well. The major influx of refugees was also into KP and this province accommodated millions of Afghans who left their country due to the decades long war. This land was constantly used as a frontline or base-camp for war against USSR.