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“Khairey” is the Pashto equivalent of the English term “curses” or “evil wishes.” But what distinguishes khairey from the English curses is that khairey are common in the Pashtun culture and are usually called upon by close family members and people we love most, such as our mothers. Those who issue khairey are almost always women—and interestingly, especially mothers, which is witness to the fact that they are not meant to be taken seriously and are rather harmless.

Pashto Curses, Abuses, Insults (Khairey)

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