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North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, on the Afghanistan border. An extremely arid and mountainous region, it is divided into N Waziristan, inhabited by farming Wazir tribes, and S Waziristan, populated by seminomad Mahsuds. The two tribes, both of Pathan descent, have constant blood feuds and supplement their meager incomes by brigandage. They live in fortresslike mountain villages. A major source of income derives from the smuggling and processing of illicit drugs. Fertile valleys in parts of N Waziristan support wheat, corn, barley, and millet; livestock are also raised. In S Waziristan the hills are used for grazing, and forests on the higher slopes provide timber.



Waziristan (Pashto: "land of the Wazir") is a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering some 11,585 kmイ (4,473 miイ). It is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, considered to be outside the country's four provinces.


Waziristan comprises the area west and southwest of Peshawar between the Tochi River to the north and the Gomal River to the south. The North-West Frontier Province lies immediately to the east. The region was an independent tribal territory until 1893, remaining outside British-ruled empire and Afghanistan. Tribal raiding into British-ruled territory was a constant problem for the British,[1] eliciting frequent punitive expeditions between 1860 and 1945. The region became part of Pakistan in 1947.


For administrative purposes, Waziristan is divided into two "agencies", North Waziristan and South Waziristan, with estimated populations (as of 1998) of 361,246 and 429,841 respectively. The two parts have quite distinct characteristics, though both tribes are subgroups of the Wazir Tribe and speak a common Wazirwola language. They have a formidable reputation as warriors and are known for their frequent blood feuds.


The Wazir tribes are divided into sub-tribes governed by male village elders who meet in a tribal jirga. Socially and religiously, Waziristan is an extremely conservative area. Women are carefully guarded, and every household must be headed by a male figure. Tribal cohesiveness is also kept strong by means of the so-called Collective Responsibility Acts in the Frontier Crimes Regulation.


Taliban presence in the area has been an issue of international concern in the War on Terrorism particularly since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.



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North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, on the Afghanistan border. An extremely arid and mountainous region, it is divided into N Waziristan, inhabited by farming Wazir tribes, and S Waziristan, populated by seminomad Mahsuds. The two tribes, both of Pathan descent, have constant blood feuds and supplement their meager incomes by brigandage. They live in fortresslike mountain villages. A major source of income derives from the smuggling and processing of illicit drugs. Fertile valleys in parts of N Waziristan support wheat, corn, barley, and millet; livestock are also raised. In S Waziristan the hills are used for grazing, and forests on the higher slopes provide timber.

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MIRANSHAH: Activists of PTI on Saturday took out a peace rally in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The participants were carrying the party flags and banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of peace. The participants were riding bikes, three-wheelers and other vehicles. The rally started fromテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Mar, 2018 ):For the very first time in history of FATA, the Pak Army has opened women Public Call Office (PCO) in Makeen area of South Waziristan Agency. Security sources told that a woman telephone operator would be appointed to work inテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
PESHAWAR: At least three people were killed and 11 others injured when armed tribesmen opened indiscriminate firing on participants of a reconciliatory traditional jirga at Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan Agency on Friday. A leading tribal elder was amongst the killed whereas Naib Politicalテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
Pictures of the dead circulated on social media and were broadcast on Pakistani television networks. Family members watching television news recognized one of the dead: Naqeebullah Mehsud, 27, from Waziristan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas on the border with Afghanistan. He had beenテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
PESHAWAR: A young woman was critically injured on Sunday after a bomb, brought home by children mistaken it for toy, went off in the North Waziristan Agency. According to sources, children found the bomb lying in the field near Zakir Khel area of District Mir Ali and brought it to their home assuming it toテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
RAWALPINDI: Under the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, security forces conducted raids in several areas of South Waziristan, said the Inter-Services Public Relations on Sunday. According to the ISPR, a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered in the raids conducted. The ISPR said thatテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
I know this because North Waziristan is my home. I grew up in Darpakhel, a village north of Miran Shah, and our February 15 meeting with military officials was aimed at finding a solution to some very basic problems that North Waziristan residents face. While security, the rule of law, and access to basicテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
After living in constant fear under Taliban rule for years, a handful of young men are now leading a cultural revolution in conservative South Waziristan, by making music with a social conscience. Maqsood Rehman, a 22-year-old talented youngster from Sarwakai village, sings a combination of traditionalテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
“Our teachers bought floor mats from their own income for us to sit on,” he tells Geo.tv. Habibullah, the area education officer in North Waziristan, denies that the education system is in tatters. There are a total of 971 educational institutes in North Waziristan. The majority, he says, are fully equipped and functional. Howeverテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...
PESHAWAR: FATA Political Alliance South Waziristan chief Arif Wazir was arrested Saturday by the political administration on the charges of staging an anti-state rally on the eve of Pakistan National Day at Wana. According to details, Arif Wazir was picked up by a group of security personnel from his homeテδε「ツツ堙δづつ...


 

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