People both in and out of Pakistan perceive Peshawar and people from there in a negative way. The negative image of Pukhtoon/Pashtuns has especially acquired newer and more derogatory nuances in the wake of the post-9/11 activities in Pakistan. People think of Pukhtoons as a barbaric people who know nothing about Gender issues or Human Rights. As such the lighter, creative and aesthetic aspects of Pukhtoons remain not only concealed but absolutely unacknowledged.
Anoosh W. Khan. (2009) Contextualizing Literature: Gender and Human Rights in Contemporary Peshawar, The Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Volume-17, Issue-1.