In Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia, a Pathan joke is an ethnic joke that is centred typically on stereotypes concerning Pashtun people. In Urdu, the word "Pathan" is used as a variant which loosely refers to Pashtuns or people who have Pashtun ancestry. Pathan jokes are controversial and are considered racist, offensive or inappropriate by many.
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Well-educated persons still tell and enjoy Pathan jokes, drivers of inter-city buses play audio cassettes of ethnic jokes to entertain the passengers, and a major politician refers to the Urdu- speaking people as bhaiyas (a pejorative term) in his book.
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Small talk about their neighbours and the latest very broad Pathan joke filled in the intervening minutes, and then the two friends attacked the food, of which the savour had been tickling their nostrils in almost too tempting a fashion.
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