FATA is a collection seven semi-autonomous agencies or administrative units -Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, Kurram, Orakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan. Additionally, this includes ‘frontier regions’ that adjoin the districts of Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan. This tangled mass constitutes an area of 27224 sq kilometres and is located along Pakistan’s north-western Hamalaya zone and south-western Sulaiman Mountains and runs as a narrow tract along the river Indus with the parallel lines almost north to south.
History of FATA
FATA has a long history of extensive war especially during British invasion of sub continent.
It was the battle ground of the Great Game between Britain and Russia. The history dates back to the history of medieval Afghanistan. The 2500 KM long Durand Line, which was drawn in 1893 by the British colonial rulers of India, geographically divides the Pushtun tribes in the region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Culture & People
FATA is inhabited by around 3.17 million people belonging to different Pukhtoon or Pushtun tribes.
These tribes have an overwhelming culture close to the traditions of Paktoons in KPK. The people are generous, kind and welcome guests.