Formerly associated with the Hazaras of the central highlands of Afghanistan, the hat gained widespread popularity among the Pashtuns in 2018 during the rise to prominence of Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, the leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (Pashtun Protection Movement), who usually wears it. The hat became the most iconic symbol of the Pashtun Protection Movement and Pashtun nationalism.
- Shah, Sadia Qasim (7 April 2018). "Mazari red cap orders increase ahead of PTM meet". Dawn. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- Alikozai, Hasib Danish (6 April 2018). "Hats Proliferate as Symbol of Pashtun Protest Movement". Voice of America. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
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