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 Waziristan

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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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δづつ...
WANA, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Feb, 2018 ):General Officers Commanding (GOC), South Waziristan, Major General Noman Zakria has said that 15 teams have been constituted to remove Improvised Explosive Device (IED) laid by militants in different areas of South Waziristan Agencyテδづつ...
Not so long ago, Barack Obama called Waziristan 'the most dangerous place in the world'. It was the losing front in the war on terror, a lawless region in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan infested with Taleban and terrorism. Today, thanks to the Pakistan army, even a risk-averse hack likeテδづつ...
TANK: Recently snowfall has caused roadblocks and crippled daily lives in many parts of the country, but has not hindered the polio campaign in South Waziristan Agency. According to the health department of South Waziristan, the polio campaign was being carried out in Kaniguram, Makeen and Shawalテδづつ...
A Pakistani security official in North Waziristan on condition of anonymity said commander Sajna was targeted at his house-cum-compound in Laman area of ... Some religious leaders and tribal elders in South Waziristan said they were hearing the news of Sajna's killing in a drone strike since Thursday butテδづつ...
Seven militants were killed in the first strike Thursday in the Pakistani border village of Gorwak in North Waziristan , once a stronghold of local and foreign militants until the military cleared them out. The apparent target of the strike was Haqqani network's local commander, Qudrat Ullah, but it was unclear ifテδづつ...
NORTH WAZIRISTAN: At least two people died, including the deputy commander of a banned-outfit, in a US drone strike on Thursday night near the Pak-Afghan border. Among those killed was Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) deputy commander Khalid Mehsud aka Khan Saeed Sajna. The TTP confirmedテδづつ...
Across South Waziristan, village after village has been left abandoned. The empty streets contradict the Pakistani ... Umar Din sits quietly in the corner of a protest camp in Tank, the closest major town to South Waziristan, about 65km east of Makin. The 15-year-old always wanted to be a doctor, he says,テδづつ...

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: A five-year-old minor was killed, while an eight-year-old sustained injuries when an improvised explosion device (IED) went off in a ... Yesterday a military vehicle was ambushed in Idak village, North Waziristan late Tuesday night leading to the martyrdom of two soldiers and injuringテδづつ...
PESHAWAR: At least two personnel of security forces were killed and three others injured in a rocket attack on a checkpost in the Noorak area of North Waziristan on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. The officials in Miranshah confirmed the attack but did not disclose further details.
Abdul Wahid, 30, is one of the founders of the Mehsud Tahaffuz Movement (Mehsud Protection Movement), back when it was just eight students at Gomal University, in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, about 300km southwest of the capital Islamabad, and adjacent to South Waziristan. The group was foundedテδづつ...
TANK: Two armed forces personnel were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency, sources informed on Wednesday. Sources said a vehicle of the Pakistan Army was targeted in a rocket attack in Mir Ali Tehsil of the agency, resulting in the deaths of two army officials. The Pakistan Armyテδづつ...
RAWALPINDI: Journalists from South Waziristan Agency visited ISPR and interacted with DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor. According to ISPR, journalists shared their feedback on security situation in Waziristan and development work under taken by Pakistan Army. DG ISPR briefed them about onテδづつ...
But an estimated half a million Mehsuds are once again threatening to abandon their towns and villages in South Waziristan if authorities fail to clear landmines and unexploded ordinance from the mountainous regions. A major Mehsud jirga or tribal council this week warned the government to eitherテδづつ...
Speaking to Geo News earlier, relatives of Naseemullah said that the deceased came to Karachi from South Waziristan one year ago and ran a clothing shop at Al-Asif Square, and was not involved in any unlawful activities. A relative of his told The News that Naseemullah disappeared from Sohrab Gothテδづつ...
KARACHI: Some called it 'Hell's Door Knocker'. Others dubbed it Pakistan's 'Wild West'. South Waziristan Agency (SWA) earned these monikers for its rugged, inhospitable terrain and its battle-hardened tribesmen. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a potpourri of terrorist groups, virtually ruled SWA untilテδづつ...
According to the TTP, Sajna was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal agency of North Waziristan on Feb. 8. The TTP statement cleared up a discrepancy from the initial reporting of his death. Pakistani officials claimed that Sajna was killed in a US strike in the Bermal district in Afghanistan's easternテδづつ...
RAWALPINDI: Journalists from South Waziristan on Sunday thanked the Pakistan Army for restoring peace in Waziristan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Director General (DG) ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor briefed the journalists aboutテδづつ...
Makin, Pakistan – The silence as you stand in the centre of Makin, the birthplace of the Pakistan Taliban, is striking. Nestled among the rocky mountains of this remote corner of northwestern Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal district, Makin was once the base of feared Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullahテδづつ...
MIRAMSHAH: The third phase of return of residents of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) from Afghanistan started on Thursday and 106 familiesテつ...
Mohammad Rahman Iyaz, the governor's spokesman, said about 8,000 families were displaced from Waziristan to Paktika during the past fewテつ...
Daraz was the main fighter of Hafiz Gul Bahadur group, who had a final say in matters during the harsh Taliban's rule in North Waziristan,テつ...
ISLAMABAD: A Taliban faction has made a comeback to Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan tribal region, imposing a ban on culturalテつ...
Khozabat Khan, a middle-aged father of six, sees no logic in being forced to leave his village in western Pakistan's South Waziristan tribalテつ...
(MENAFN - Tribal News Network) MIRANSHAH, 8 November: Five people, including two women, were injured when some people peltedテつ...
PESHAWAR: Many elders and representatives from different clans of Mehsud tribe from South Waziristan grieved over the shifting of aroundテつ...
On the upper deck of the Hamza Fort border checkpoint in Pakistan's South Waziristan, Maj. Gen. Nauman Zakaria points to a 12-foot-highテつ...
For three years, he had lived outside his home province of North Waziristan, one of the most dangerous places in the world. One night inテつ...
PESHAWAR: A minor boy was killed and two other children were injured when a landmine exploded in the Tiyazara area of South Waziristanテつ...
South Waziristan Political Agent Zafarul Islam Khattak while confirming the incident said the administration would give financial compensationテつ...
PESHAWAR: Youth from North Waziristan Agency have demanded of the government to recognise them as Pakistani citizens and give themテつ...
PESHAWAR: The political administration of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has asked all local and international NGOs to employ local peopleテつ...
Pakistani intelligence officials say a roadside bombing has resulted in martyrdom of one paramilitary soldier and wounded another in the Southテつ...
SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: A soldier was martyred and another injured in a bomb attack in South Waziristan on Monday. According to sources, a remote-controlledテつ...
One FC personnel was martyred in an explosion in Sarokai district of South Waziristan on Monday, DawnNews reported. The nature of the blastテつ...
DI KHAN: The Pakistan Motorcar Rally left Dera Ismail Khan for Gomal Zam, South Waziristan, via Tank on Wednesday morning. Hundreds ofテつ...
RAWALPINDI: The second of phase of Pakistan Motor Rally, organised by the Pakistan Army to commemorate 70th year of the country'sテつ...
PESHAWAR: The political administration of South Waziristan arrested a senior journalist under the infamous Frontier Crimes Regulationsテつ...
Four days after Lahore, a woman in North Waziristan gave birth to quintuplets on Sunday. According to Express News, Hebullah Khan, residentテつ...
In the rolling hills of the Angoor Adda village in South Waziristan, part of Pakistan's restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), threeテつ...
Pakistani soldiers (right) patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in Pakistan's North Waziristanテつ...


 

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