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Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Federally Administered Tribal Areas
قبائلی علاقہ جات

(Pashto: منځنۍ پښتونخوا)
Flag of FATA
Coat of arms of FATA
Location of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
Location of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
Country  Pakistan
Administrative unit Federal territory
Components 7 Agencies
6 Frontier Regions
Largest city Parachinar
 • Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Shaukatullah Khan
 • Total 27,220 km2 (10,510 sq mi)
Population (1998)[1][2]
 • Total 3,176,331
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code PK-TA

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA; Pashto: وسطي قبایلي سیمې، منځنۍ پښتونخوا‎; Urdu: وفاقی منتظم شدہ قبائیلی علاقہ جات‎) is a semi-autonomous tribal region or proposed province of Pakistan in northwestern Pakistan, bordering Pakistan's provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to the east and south, and Afghanistan's provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Khost and Paktika to the west and north. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas comprise seven tribal agencies (districts) and six frontier regions, and are directly governed by Pakistan's federal government through a special set of laws called the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR).

The territory is almost exclusively inhabited by the Pashtuns, who also live in the neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan and are largely Muslims. Main towns of the territory are Parachinar, Miranshah, Razmak, Kaniguram, Wana, Kalaya, Landi Kotal, Ghalanai and Khaar.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Democracy and parliamentary representation 4
    • Women and elections 4.1
  • Governance 5
    • Relations with the Pakistani Military 5.1
    • Relations with the Pakistani Government 5.2
  • Administrative divisions 6
    • Frontier Regions 6.1
    • Main cities and towns of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas 6.2
  • Economy 7
    • Mining 7.1
    • Industrialization 7.2
    • Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) 7.3
    • Irrigation projects 7.4
  • Health 8
  • Sports 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


By Adnan Ali Toori... "The region was won from the Sikh Empire (which had annexed it during Ranjit Singh's rule) in the 19th century during the British colonial period, and though the British never succeeded in completely calming unrest in the region,[3] it afforded them some protection from Afghanistan.[4] The British Raj attempted to control the population of the annexed tribal regions with the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), which allowed considerable power to govern to local nobles so long as these nobles were willing to meet the needs of the British.[4][5][6] Due to the unchecked discretionary power placed into the hands of the jirga put into place by these nobles and to the human rights violations that ensued, the FCR has come to be known as the "black law."[7] The annexed areas continued under the same governance after the independence of Pakistan in 1947, through the Dominion of Pakistan in 1947 and into the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1956.[8]

According to the United States Institute of Peace, the character of the region underwent a shift beginning in the 1980s with the entry into the region of the Mujahideen and CIA Operation Cyclone, against the Soviet Union prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of Soviet Union.[9]

In 2001, the Tehrik-e-Taliban militants began entering into the region.[9] In 2003, Taliban forces sheltered in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas began crossing the border into Afghanistan, attacking military and police.[10] Shkin, Afghanistan is a key location for these frequent battles. This heavily fortified military base has housed mostly American special operations forces since 2002 and is located just six kilometers from the Pakistani border. It is considered the most dangerous location in Afghanistan.[11][12] With the encouragement of the United States, 80,000 Pakistani troops entered the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in March 2004 to search for al-Qaeda operatives. They were met with fierce resistance from Pakistani Taliban.[10] It was not the elders, but the Pakistani Taliban who negotiated a truce with the army, an indication of the extent to which the Pakistani Taliban had taken control.[10] Troops entered the region, into South Waziristan and North Waziristan eight more times between 2004 and 2006 and faced further Pakistani Taliban resistance. Peace accords entered into in 2004 and 2006 set terms whereby the tribesmen in the area would stop attacking Afghanistan and the Pakistanis would halt major military actions against the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, release all prisoners, and permit tribesmen to carry small guns.[10] In 2007 the Pakistani Taliban in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas became officially known under the name Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.

On 4 June 2007, the National Security Council of Pakistan met to decide the fate of Waziristan and take up a number of political and administrative decisions to control "Talibanization" of the area. The meeting was chaired by President Pervez Musharraf and it was attended by the Chief Ministers and Governors of all four provinces. They discussed the deteriorating law and order situation and the threat posed to state security. To crush the armed militancy in the Tribal regions and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the government decided to intensify and reinforce law enforcement and military activity, take action against certain madrassahs, and jam illegal FM radio stations.[13]


The Federally Administered Tribal Areas are bordered by: Afghanistan to the north and west with the border marked by the Durand Line, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the east, and Balochistan to the south.

The seven Tribal Areas lie in a north-to-south strip that is adjacent to the west side of the six Frontier Regions, which also lie in a north-to-south strip. The areas within each of those two regions are geographically arranged in a sequence from north to south.

The geographical arrangement of the seven Tribal Areas in order from north to south is: Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan, South Waziristan. The geographical arrangement of the six Frontier Regions in order from north to south is: Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank, Dera Ismail Khan.


The total population of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas was estimated in 2000 to be about 3,341,070 people, or roughly 2% of Pakistan's population. Only 3.1% of the population resides in established townships.[14] It is thus the most rural administrative unit in Pakistan.

Democracy and parliamentary representation

In 1996, the government of Pakistan finally granted the Federally Administered Tribal Areas the long requested "adult franchise", under which every adult would have the right to vote for their own representatives in the

Federally Administered Tribal Areas travel guide from Wikivoyage

  • Constitutional Provisions on the Tribal Areas – Chapter 3, Part XII of the Constitution of Pakistan
  • FATA Secretariat Official Website
  • FATA Guide.
  • FATA Development Authority Official Website

External links

  1. ^ "Area, Population, Density and Urban/Rural Proportion by Administrative Units". Population Census Organization, Government of Pakistan. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Population". FATA Secretariat. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ Rabasa, Angel; Steven Boraz; Peter Chalk (2007). Ungoverned territories: understanding and reducing terrorism risks. RAND. p. 49.  
  4. ^ a b Bjørgo, Tore; John Horgan (2009). Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement. Taylor & Francis. p. 227.  
  5. ^ "Analysis: Pakistan's tribal frontiers". BBC. 14 December 2001. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  6. ^ Ali, Shaheen Sardar; Javaid Rehman (2001). Indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities of Pakistan: constitutional and legal perspectives. Routledge. p. 52.  
  7. ^ Ali et al., 52–53.
  8. ^ Tierney, Stephen (2000). Accommodating national identity: new approaches in international and domestic law (21 ed.). Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. pp. 190–191.  
  9. ^ a b c d e f Fair, C. Christine; Nicholas Howenstein; J. Alenxader Thier (December 2006). "Troubles on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border". United States Institute of Peace. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  10. ^ a b c d Crews, Robert D.; Amin Tarzi (2008). The Taliban and the crisis of Afghanistan. Harvard University Press. p. 231.  
  11. ^ John Pike. "Fire Base Shkin / Fire Base Checo". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  12. ^ Blackwater: the rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army - Jeremy Scahill - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  13. ^ Khan, Ismail (2007). "Plan ready to curb militancy in Fata, settled areas". Newsweek international edition. Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ a b c Tierney, 206.
  16. ^ Talbot, Ian (1998). Pakistan, a modern history (revised ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 2–3.  
  17. ^ "Poll doors closed on a third of FATA women". Press Trust of India. 17 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  18. ^ The Truth About Talibanistan – TIME
  19. ^ "Public Opinion in Pakistan’s Tribal Regions". 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  20. ^ Bakhtawar Mian (2012-05-09). "Tribal lawmakers oppose move to merge Fata with KP". Dawn.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  21. ^ "Qabailistan province proposed". Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  22. ^ 'Election Commission of Pakistan'
  23. ^ a b c d [2]
  24. ^ Markey, Daniel S. (2008). Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt. Council on Foreign Relations. p. 5.  
  25. ^ a b c d [3] Perlez, Jane, "Aid to Pakistan in Tribal Areas Raises Concerns", 16 July 2007, accessed 9 November 2007
  26. ^
  27. ^ a b c d e
  28. ^ "Literacy Ratio". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  29. ^ /articles/images/thumb/3/37/Pakistan_Smart_Book_v1.pdf
  30. ^ FATA [ Federally Administered Tribal Area ]


See also

FATA has produced world class cricketer like Shahid Afridi from Khyber Agency and squash player Maria Toorpakay Wazir from South Waziristan who won the national women’s squash championship in 2010. FATA is home to cricket team FATA Cheetas.


In June 2007, a Pakistani doctor was blown up in his car "after trying to counter the anti-vaccine propaganda of an imam in Bajaur", Pakistani officials told the New York Times.[25]

There is one hospital bed for every 2,179 people in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, compared to one in 1,341 in Pakistan as a whole. There is one doctor for every 7,670[29] people compared to one doctor per 1,226 people in Pakistan as a whole. 43% of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas' citizens have access to clean drinking water.[30] Much of the population is suspicious about modern medicine, and some militant groups are openly hostile to vaccinations.


Agency Literacy rate 2007[27]
Male Female Total
Khyber 57.2% 10.1% 34.2%
Kurram 37.9% 14.4% 26.5%
South Waziristan 32.3% 4.3% 20%
Orakzai 29.5% 3.4% 17%
Mohmand 28.5% 3.5% 16.6%
Bajaur Agency 27.9% 3.1% 16.5%
North Waziristan (1998)[28] 26.77% 1.47% 15.88%

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas' literacy rate is 22%,[27] which is well below the nation-wide rate of 56%.[23] 35.8%[27] of men, and only 7.5%[27] of women receive education, compared to a nation-wide 44%[23] of women.

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas do not have a university, but seats are reserved for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas' students in Pakistani universities. There is no concrete plan to establish a full-fledged university within FATA.

Literacy Map Tribal Areas, Source:[27]

Water is scarce in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. When the British forces occupied Malakand they started work on the Amandara headworks to divert the Swat River through a tunnel to irrigate the plains of Mardan and Charsadda. The aim was not to get more wheat or sugarcane, but to ‘tame the wild tribes’.

Irrigation projects

The concept of setting up ROZs in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Afghanistan is an element in the United States Government's counter-terrorism and regional economic integration strategies. [26]

Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs)

Industrialization of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas is another route or remedy proposed for rapidly breaking up tribal barriers and promoting integration. The process of industrialization through a policy of public/private partnership would not only provide employment opportunities and economic benefits but also assist in bringing the youth of the tribal area on par with those of developed cities in the rest of the country.


The Federally Administered Tribal Areas contain proved commercially viable reserves of marble, copper, limestone and coal. However, in the current socio-political conditions, there is no chance of their exploitation in a profitable manner.


Foreign aid to the region is a difficult proposition, according to Craig Cohen, an analyst at the Save the Children was distributing funding anonymously in the region as of July 2007.[25]

Due to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas' tribal organization, the economy is chiefly pastoral, with some agriculture practiced in the region's few fertile valleys. Its total irrigated land is roughly 1,000 square kilometres. The country does not have a system of banks.[25] The region is a major center for opium trafficking, as well the smuggling of other contraband.[25]

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas are the most impoverished part of the nation. Despite being home to 2.4% of Pakistan's population, it makes up only 1.5% of Pakistan's economy.[23] With a per capita income of only $663 in 2010[23] only 34% of households managed to rise above the poverty level.[24]

District map of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.


Frontier Regions:

South Waziristan Agency:

North Waziristan Agency:

Kurram Agency:

Orakzai Agency:

Khyber Agency:

Lagharai Mohmand Agency:

Bajaur Agency:

Main cities and towns of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

The Frontier Regions are named after their adjacent settled Districts. The administration of the FR is carried out by the DCO / DC of the neighbouring named district. The overall administration of the frontier regions is carried out by the FATA Secretariat, based in Peshawar and reporting to the Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The six regions are:

Emblem of FATA

Frontier Regions

Agency / FR Subdivision Tehsil
Bajaur Agency Khar Khar
Utman Khel
Nawagai Nawagai
Mohmand Agency Lower Mohmand Yekka Ghund
Praang Ghaar
Upper Mohmand Safi / Lakaro
Khwezai / Baezai
Khyber Agency Jamrud Jamrud
Mulla Gori
Landi Kotal Landi Kotal
Bara Bara
Orakzai Agency Lower Orakzai Lower Orakzai
Central Orakzai
Upper Orakzai Ismailzai
Upper Orakzai
Kurram Agency Lower Kurram Lower Kurram / Baggan
Central Kurram Central Kurram/ Sadda
Upper Kurram Upper Kurram / Parachinar
North Waziristan Agency Mir Ali Mir Ali
Speen Wam
Miranshah Miranshah
Datta Khel
Ghulam Khan
Razmak Razmak
South Waziristan Agency Ladha Ladha
Sarwakai Sarwakai
Wana Wana
Toi Khulla
FR Peshawar FR Peshawar FR Peshawar
FR Kohat FR Kohat FR Kohat
FR Bannu - Mir Ali FR Bannu - Mir Ali FR Bannu - Mir Ali
FR Lakki Marwat FR Lakki Marwat FR Lakki Marwat
FR Tank - Jandola FR Tank - Jandola FR Tank - Jandola
FR Dera Ismail Khan FR Dera Ismail Khan FR Dera Ismail Khan

Agencies are further divided into Subdivisions, and Tehsils. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas consist of the following divisions:[22]

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas consist of two types of areas i.e. Agencies (Tribal Districts) and FRs (Frontier Regions). In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, there are seven Tribal Agencies and six FRs. These are (from North to South):

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Administrative divisions

Parliamentarians from tribal areas have taken strong exception to a resolution adopted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly asking for merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with their province. The Awami National Party have also made similar demands that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These proposals have been opposed by tribal parliamentarians in Islamabad.[20] Should the Federally Administered Tribal Areas become a province of Pakistan, the name Qabailistan has been proposed.[21]

Relations with the Pakistani Government

In 2001 the Pakistani military entered the Federally Administered Tribal Areas for the first time in history. In 2010, The New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow conducted the first comprehensive public opinion survey in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The results showed that when it came to fighting militancy in the region, the people of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas overwhelmingly support the Pakistani military. Nearly 70 percent back the Pakistani military pursuing Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the Tribal Areas. Indeed, when asked how the Federally Administered Tribal Areas should be governed, 79 percent say it should be governed by the Pakistani military.[19]

Relations with the Pakistani Military

The militancy situation has, however, improved after successive military operations carried out by Pakistan Army in Bajaur, Swat, Waziristan, Orakzai and Mohmand.

Each Tribal Agency has roughly 2–3,000 Khasadars and levies force of irregulars and up to three to nine wings of the para-military Frontier Corps for maintenance of law and order in the Agency and borders security. The Frontier Corps Force is headed by Pakistan's regular army officers and its soldiers are recruited mostly from the Pashtun tribes.

The FRs differ from the agencies only in the chain of command so that each FR is headed by the DC/DCO of the adjacent settled district (DC/DCO Peshawar heads FR Peshawar and so on). Under his supervision there is one Assistant Political Agent and a number of Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars and support staff.

Each Tribal Agency, depending on its size, has about two to three Assistant Political Agents, about three to ten Tehsildars and a number of Naib Tehsildars with the requisite supporting staff.

The administrative head of each tribal agency is the Political Agent who represents the President of Pakistan and the appointed Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Tribal political candidates do have party affiliations but can only contest elections as independents, because the Political Parties Act of Pakistan has not been extended to the FATA. However, tribesmen were given the right to vote in the 1997 general elections despite the absence of the Political Parties Act. The Political Parties Act was implemented by the previous government, and political parties took active part in the general elections of 11 May 2013. Previously only the Tribal Elders or Maliks (called Lungi-holders) were allowed to vote in the elections, since British times.

People of FATA are represented in the Parliament of Pakistan by their elected representatives both in National Assembly of Pakistan and the Senate of Pakistan. FATA has 12 members in the National Assembly and 8 members in the Senate. FATA has no representation in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The mainly Pashtun tribes that inhabit the areas are semi-autonomous and until the fall of the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan, the tribes had cordial relations with Pakistan's government.[18]

The Constitution of Pakistan governs the FATA through the same rules which were framed by the British in 1901 as Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). The Jurisdiction of Supreme Court and High Court of Pakistan does not extend to FATA and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), according to Article 247 and Article 248, of existing 1973 Constitution of Pakistan. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly has no power in FATA, and can only exercise its powers in PATA that are part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The region is controlled by the Federal government of Pakistan and on behalf of the President, the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP) exercises the federal authority in the context of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.


All of the FATA's adults were legally allowed to vote in the Majlis-e-Shoora of Pakistan under the "adult franchise" granted in 1996.[9] Stephen Tierney, in Accommodating National Identity, reported that women came out to do so in the thousands for the 1997 office, possibly motivated by competition for voter numbers among the tribes.[15] However, Ian Talbot in Pakistan, a Modern History states that elders and religious leaders attempted to prevent female participation by threatening punishment against tribesmen whose women registered, leading to under-registration in the female population.[16] In 2008, the Taliban ordered women in the FATA regions of Bajaur, Kurram and Mohmand not to vote under threat of "serious punishment," while Mangal Bagh, chief of the Lashkar-e-Islam, forbade women to vote in the Jamrud and Bara subdivisions of the Khyber Agency.[17]

Women and elections

[9].Maliks This was a departure from prior tribal politics, where power was focused in the hands of secular authorities, [9] were elected to represent the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in the National Assembly in 1997 and 2002.mullahs, as a result of which madrassahs and mosques candidates were able to campaign through Islamist [15]

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