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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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In the rolling hills of the Angoor Adda village in South Waziristan, part of Pakistan's restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), threeテδづつ...
Pakistani soldiers (right) patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in Pakistan's North Waziristanテδづつ...
Development projects in North Waziristan to facilitate TDPs ... said various development projects have been started in North Waziristan Agencyテδづつ...
Radd-ul-Fasaad: Weapons and ammunition seized in Balochistan, North Waziristan IBOs. FC Balochistan nabs 14 illegal Afghan nationals.
South Waziristan: An army aviation plane crashed near South Waziristan's Wana stadium on Friday, resulting in injuries to three officers.
Peshawar: Three soldiers were martyred and seven others injured in an attack on a vehicle of the Frontier Corps in Razmak sub-division ofテδづつ...
Civil administration officials at Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, confirmed the attack and said that the deceased includedテδづつ...
An exemplary peace has been restored in the once volatile South Waziristan Agency (SWA) after successive military offensives; however, theテδづつ...
In 2017 I returned to my homeland, South Waziristan exactly 10 years after I left it as it ... I saw major changes on my return to South Waziristan.
A few years ago people visiting a stadium in North Waziristan would have been more likely to see a beheading rather than a game of cricket.
"peace has won in North Waziristan," General Bajwa said, according to ISPR. The army chief thanked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Peshawarテδづつ...
North Waziristan Agency (Dunya News) - Cricket is definitely back in Pakistan as a match will be held between Pakistan XI and UKテδづつ...
Peshawar: The barricade has been lifted for trucks of pine nuts in South Waziristan Agency to be supplied across the country after two weeksテδづつ...
FILE PHOTO: Pakistan's newly appointed army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa is seen during the handover ceremony in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, November 29, 2016.
The success of military operation Zarb-e-Azb allowed rehabilitation and reconstruction in North Waziristan, South Waziristan, and Orakzai. This was a minimum requirement; these areas had to be ready for reforms. It was only after this that Prime ...
The US strike that killed him took place on March 19 in Paktika Province, an area where many of Pakistani Taliban operatives have operated after slipping across the border in advance of the Pakistani Army's offensive in North Waziristan in 2014. The ...
North Waziristan was once home to the notorious Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and many foreign fighters but militants fled the area after an operation was carried out.
Dera Ismail Khan: Elders of the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe of South Waziristan Agency have demanded that the government open the Angoor Adda border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan to facilitate the movement of common people in the area.
Wana: Despite the announcement made by the prime minister to reopen the border with Afghanistan, the Pak-Afghan border at Angoor Adda in South Waziristan Agency remained closed on Wednesday. The sources said elders in Paktika Province ofテδづつ...
The most prominent operations were the one in Swat, Rah-e-Nijat of South Waziristan, Zarb-e-Azb of North Waziristan, and Khyber I and II respectively against different Pakistani and foreign militants.
Peshawar: After the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the tribal people in North Waziristan also celebrated Pakistan Day along with the Pak army with great national fervor and zeal.
As the Operation Raddul Fasaad was progressing four men in uniform including a major of the Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom in clashes with the insurgents in volatile Orakzai and South Waziristan agencies Wednesday morning. The retaliatory fire byテδづつ...
As per the FATA Secretariat, they have given 19,052 forms to the political administration of South Waziristan, 7,016 to North Waziristan, 6,153 Khyber Agency, 5,600 to Orakzai Agency while 3,000 to Kurram Agency. Out of the count, the political ...
The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed that the US killed a senior commander from Pakistan's tribal agency of North Waziristan in a drone strike near the "Pak-Afghan border" on March 18. Commander Yusuf Wazir, the slain Taliban leader,テδづつ...
Wana: Despite the announcement by the prime minister to reopen the border with Afghanistan, the Pak-Afghan border at Angoor Ada in North Waziristan Agency remained closed on Tuesday. The sources said that elders in the Paktika Province ofテδづつ...
The district borders Pakistan's tribal agency of South Waziristan, which is home to numerous jihadist groups, including the Mehsud faction of the Pakistani Taliban.
soldiers patrol at an empty bazaar during a military operation against Taliban militants in the main town of Miramshah in North Waziristan on July 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP. February 17, 2017: Within hours of the Sehwan attack, terrorist hideouts are ...
Authorities have not opened the border in North Waziristan's Ghulam Khan area and South Waziristan's Angor Adda, sources told Geo News.
Peshawar: The Fata disaster Management Authority (FDMA) has claimed that 90 per cent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have safely returned to their homes, and only 10 per cent of people from North and South Waziristan agencies are living inテδづつ...
Whereas the second phase of the eight-day injectable/inactivated polio vaccination (IPV) campaign will be carried out from March 20 to March 27 in North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Khyber Agency, FR Tank, FR Lakki, FR D I Khan and FR Bannu, whereinテδづつ...
According to their official website report the population of the South Waziristan is about 1.4 million while according to the Fata reforms report it is 0.6 million - there is a huge difference.
Sources said on Saturday that a US drone targeted the car in the Narr area close to the border, killing local Taliban 'commanders' Haroon Shuikhel Wazir and Azmat Mahsud.
On Monday, a tribesman from Waziristan told the Senate Standing Committee his father's CNIC was blocked since 2012 because he belonged to one of the 18 tribes that live on both sides of the border.
The Pashtun populated FATA namely Bajor, Mehmend, Kurram, Orakzai, Khaiber, North Wazisitan and South Waziristan agencies border with troublesome provinces of Afghanistan like Kunar, Khost, Paktika, etc.
Like Orakzai Agency, the house listing in five other tribal agencies including Kurram, Khyber, North Waziristan and South Waziristan will be a bit difficult for enumerators as a large number of houses were demolished in the military operations and the ...
Pakistani security posts from across Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the areas of Mohmand, Khyber, Bajaur and South Waziristan were attacked by the terrorists from Afghanistan on February 18, February 26, March 5 and March 17. All these attempts wereテδづつ...
Ms Toorpakai, now 26, credits much of her success to her unconventional father, Shamsul Qayyum Wazir, who unlike most men in Waziristan, made no distinction between his sons and daughters. Her sister, Ayesha Gulalai, is a politician and member of theテδづつ...
... such as Yemen, Somalia and Libya. Although Mr Obama authorised extensive use of drones to kill terrorists, particularly al-Qaeda groups in Pakistan's North Waziristan, he became uncomfortable about the ease with which America could kill its enemies ...
Peshawar: The fourth phase of the repatriation of the temporarily displaced persons in South Waziristan Agency began on Wednesday and will continue till April 8, 2017.
Peshawar: Tribal elders from Dandi Darpakhel area of North Waziristan Agency have expressed serious concern over the delay in rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and warned to march on Islamabad if they are not allowed to return ...
The FDMA, which oversees the repatriation of IDPs, has deregistered 25,832 families in North Waziristan Agency. According to the details, 4,490 families have declined to return to South Waziristan Agency, 4,646 to Khyber Agency, 16,977 to Orakzai ...
Talking to VOA, Assistant Political Agent of South Waziristan Muhammad Shoaib said, 'We ensured repatriation of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from South Waziristan in different phases since 2010. In these phases, more than 108,000 families haveテδづつ...
Peshawar: The first phase of the census is beginning in 13 districts in Khyber Pakhtun-khwa and Orakzai Agency today and the first three days would beテδづつ...
In her petition, Samreen Wazir of South Waziristan Agency states that there is little possibility of rehabilitation of all TDPs to their homes during the two-month-long headcount exercise.
If the U.S. stays soft on Pakistan, the risks of nuclear proliferation will only increase.
Samreena Khan, a social activist, from South Waziristan, submitted the writ petition under article 199 of the Constitution on Tuesday.
Talking to the Voice of America, South Waziristan Assistant Political Agent Muhammad Shoaib said, "We have ensured the repatriation of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) from South Waziristan in different phases since 2010. In these phases, more thanテδづつ...
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Waziristan and adjacent areas of Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat, and Bannu are responsible for introducing and popularising this delicious cuisine in Peshawar and other areas.
Calgary: Pakistani female squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir was destined for national fame and acclaim. The only problem was, she was a female who hailed from Pakistan's dangerous north-western Waziristan area which was once a stronghold of theテδづつ...


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