Afghan or Afghani. What is the correct term?

There is a misconception among foreigners who refer to the people of Afghanistan as “Afghanis” instead of “Afghans”. This is wrong and i will explain as to why it is wrong.

Here are definitions for both terms from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Afghan - : a person born, raised, or living in Afghanistan

Afghani the basic monetary unit of Afghanistan

An Afghan is any person who was born, raised or has been living in Afghanistan which is very different from the term “Afghani” which is the currency of Afghanistan. Therefore, when someone says “That man is an Afghani” is wrong and it is pretty much the same as saying “That man is a dollar” which is the currency of America.

Further examples.

1. I have 20 Afghani.

2. I’m Afghan.


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New Building For Vocational High School constructed

Saturday, June 01, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Education head of Badghis reported from starting of new building construction work for agriculture vocational high school in center of Baghis province.
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Ninety percent of the agreement had been finalised, the Times of India quoted unnamed sources as saying. The Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium (AIFSCO) sought soft financing from New Delhi, it added. Read More »

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Pakistanis believe Pakistan is no longer sovereign

Sunday, March 10, 2013 – The creation of Pakistan on the Holy Day of Juma-tul-Wida and the 27th of Ramadan, 1947, was not an accident; it was the divine will and the result of the sacrifices of the Muslims for centuries. Its freedom and independence should have been valued more than anything else ensuring its dignity and sovereignty. Our rulers who are mental slaves of aliens and following external policies could not make the country and the nation truly independent. NRO-infected rulers have surrendered Pakistan’s sovereignty in absolute terms. We are now hostage to whatever America demands. The rulers who were tasked to solve problems of the masses, instead of delivering them anything, have become obedient servants of external forces. Read More »

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