(1) There are reports that in newly formed units the Tajiks outnumber other ethnicities, including the Pashtuns, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan.(2) Male-female relations among the Kyrgyz are less formal and less rigid than among their neighbors, the Uzbeks or Tajiks .(3) However, other ethnic communities do not call themselves by such a designation but identify themselves by their respective ethnic name such as Tajik , Hazara, Baluch, etc.(4) Once in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, a $50 taxi ride to the Afghan border on the Amu Darya River is now $500.(5) I quite fancy the life of a goatherd in the Tajik hills, playing music on a bucket with spoons and wearing those cool trousers while dancing round a campfire toasting small woodland creatures.(6) Paul Bergne, a former Ambassador to Uzbekistan who speaks fluent Tajik , was briefed earlier this week.(7) Our young Afghan translator, a Tajik who had studied English for one year in high school in Pakistan, improved his command of English daily, too.(8) Since the tenth century, the Tajiks have been ruled by others, mostly Turks and Russians.(9) We have Hazaras, we have Pashtuns, we have Tajiks , we have Uzbeks, we have Pashai, Nooristani, and people coming from the very remote areas of Afghanistan.(10) I'd been to that part of the world five times before, and in the process I'd picked up a lot of useful information: how to tell an Uzbek from a Tajik , why Herat is the coolest city in Afghanistan and how much it costs to hitch a ride.(11) Because there was no bridge to cross the river, people from the Hazara village, located above Kakrag, were forced to cross the Tajik villagers' farmland with their carts.(12) Our committee is working for the promotion of cricket throughout Afghanistan, and we don't care if people are Uzbek, Tajik , Afghan or Persian.(13) We could be stopped by Tajik guards and sent back, forced to retrace our journey in reverse.(14) The people of the area are mostly Tajiks , a Muslim ethnic minority who speak an Iranian language.(15) The majority are Turkic peoples; exceptions include the Uighurs and Kazakhs in Chinese Xinjiang and the Tajiks , who are ethnically and linguistically Indo-Iranian.(16) None of the languages of the Shughni-Rushani group has achieved the status of a written language, although recently attempts have been made to design a suitable script for Shughni; Tajik or Persian is generally used for writing.