From this article we can see:
1. 32 Lakh Pathans in India most near Bangladesh i.e. West Bengal and Assam (both of which border Bangladesh) and Bihar.
32 lakh =3.2 million, however other figures show far higher numbers of Pathans in India ("Pathan" = person of Pashtun ancestry).
2. Kolkata capital of West Bengal and former capital of the whole of Bengal had the highest number of Pakhtuns in the 1930s according to Jan Khan, nephew of Badshah Khan (rahmatullahi alaih).
Assam in blue.
3.500 Pathans in Bengal,(Kolkata, West Bengal) as part of the All India Pakhtoon Jirga e Hind."There are about 500 members of the All India Pakhtoon Jirga-e-Hind in Kolkata now,"
However in Bangladesh there are far more, because there are more Muslims and the Bangladeshi population is far bigger.
There is no Pashtun association in Bangladesh unfortunately, nor is there any centre. I hope that in the future we can have some sort of Afghan/Pashun cultural centre in Dhaka or a Bacha Khan centre with:
- Prayer facilities with Qurans.
- Library including books on Pashtun culture and history including translations of the works of Baba Ajmal Khattak and others, biographies of the great Pashtun rulers such as Isa Khan (rahmatullahi alaih).
- Courses for learning Bengali and Pashto.
- A Pashtun-Bengali chamber of commerce to help our brothers in Pekhawar, Mardan, Kohat and elsewhere.
- Course in Pashtun history and Bengali history including the Pashtun rulers of Bengal, Badshah Khan, Wali Khan and so forth.
There is a Turkish-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, www.tbcci.net