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South Wazīristān Agency


Map of agencies and frontier regions in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan * – South Waziristan * – FATA * – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa   latd = 32.1836792

South Waziristan (Pashto: جنوبی وزیرستان‎) is the southern part of Waziristan, a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, that covers some 11,585 km² (4,473 mi²). Waziristan comprises the area west and southwest of Peshawar between the Tochi River to the north and the Gomal River to the south, forming part of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa lies immediately to the east. The region was an independent tribal territory from 1893, remaining outside of British-ruled empire and Afghanistan. Tribal raiding into British-ruled territory was a constant problem for the British, requiring frequent punitive expeditions between 1860 and 1945. Troops of the British Raj coined a name for this region "Hell's Door Knocker" in recognition of the fearsome reputation of the local fighters and inhospitable terrain. The region became part of Pakistan in 1947.

Waziristan is divided into two "agencies", North Waziristan and South Waziristan, with estimated populations in 1998 of 361,246 and 429,841 respectively. The two parts have quite distinct characteristics, though both tribes are subgroups of the Waziri tribe, after whom the region is named, and speak a common Waziri language. They have a reputation as warriors and are known for their frequent blood feuds. Traditionally, feuding local Waziri religious leaders have enlisted outsiders in the Pakistani government, and more recently U.S. forces hunting al-Qaeda fugitives—in attempts at score-settling. The 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 strong through so-called Collective Responsibility Acts in the Frontier Crimes Regulation.

In terms of area South Waziristan is the largest agency in FATA, being 6,619 km². It has two headquarters: Tank is the winter headquarters of the Agency while Wana is its summer headquarters. It has been functioning since 1895. It is bound to the north by the North Waziristan Agency, to the north-east by Bannu and Lakki Marwat Districts, to the east by tribal areas adjoining the Tank and Dera Ismail Khan Districts, to the south by Zhob District of Balochistan Province and tribal areas adjoining Dera Ismail Khan District, and to the west by Afghanistan.


Smaller towns nearby

Wana    (10 km)

Other locations nearby

Kundsarai    (5 km)

Miān Daka Kas    (5 km)

Michan Bāba Kili    (5 km)

Ghware Mela    (6 km)

Hindi Kas    (6 km)

Jarmonai    (6 km)

Torwani    (6 km)

Ghuzhe Pezha    (7 km)

Karāb Kot    (7 km)

Kot Jzhamalkhan    (7 km)

Pogha Kot    (7 km)

Bazi Khel    (8 km)

Sarkarai    (8 km)

Si Kasa    (8 km)

Gaura    (9 km)

Ghalja    (9 km)

Khaisana Raghzai Kili    (9 km)

Khar Ghoze Khula    (9 km)

Kuhdīwām    (9 km)

Maizara    (9 km)

Mughal Khel    (9 km)

Poya    (9 km)

Talar Kas    (9 km)

Tiārza Narai    (9 km)

Imar Khān Khel Kili    (10 km)

Kabali Kili    (10 km)

Landai Kili    (10 km)

Michi Khel Star Kili    (10 km)

Mīr Dād Kot    (10 km)

Najim Kot    (10 km)

Shahwula    (10 km)

Tahsīl    (10 km)

Abdullah Bagh Kili    (11 km)

Dhani Khel Kili    (11 km)

Gulet Kili    (11 km)

Karīm Khān    (11 km)

Kikarai Star Kili    (11 km)

Manzai Urmar Khel    (11 km)

Pīr Makān    (11 km)

Tanai    (11 km)

Tangi Tsal Khel    (11 km)

Tāran    (11 km)

Wara    (11 km)

Wospas Kili    (11 km)

Abbās Khel Raghzai    (12 km)

Danda Faqirano Kili    (12 km)

Dargai Oba Post    (12 km)

Kajikai    (12 km)

Kaskai    (12 km)

Palgai    (12 km)

Pungai Pare Khel    (12 km)

Sherana    (12 km)

Tangi Dureshan    (12 km)

Tsappar    (12 km)

Warza    (12 km)

Dab Kili    (13 km)

Karai    (13 km)

Torwām Shabi Khel    (13 km)

Baixale Kamar    (14 km)

Boki Kasa    (14 km)

Dotāni Kot    (14 km)

Gurgurai Khullah    (14 km)

Khojal Khel    (14 km)

Pora    (14 km)

Shankandai Mela    (14 km)

Sperki Wāla    (14 km)

Tsappara    (14 km)

Changai    (15 km)

Dawe Jandra    (15 km)

Gardaki Raghzai    (15 km)

Ghwāya Kho    (15 km)

Gurgura Dhahi Khel    (15 km)

Inām Khān Kili    (15 km)

Kurezai    (15 km)

Tatai    (15 km)

Wargharo    (15 km)

Ādam Burj    (16 km)

Giga Khel    (16 km)

Jindai    (16 km)

Kundi Kasa    (16 km)

Kuti Kili    (16 km)

Mamīt Khel    (16 km)

Nazhur Raghzai    (16 km)

Ospana Rāghzai    (16 km)

Shīn Warsak Sat    (16 km)

Wucha Kasa    (16 km)

Wucha Spinkai    (16 km)

Gurgurai Zafar    (17 km)

Nānu    (17 km)

Toji Khel    (17 km)

Chalweshti    (18 km)

Darkai    (18 km)

Gangi Khel    (18 km)

Gudaiwala    (18 km)

Kāka Khel    (18 km)

Karīm Khel    (18 km)

Khine Punga    (18 km)

Paltoke    (18 km)

Sanga    (18 km)

Shāmkai    (18 km)

Wunboyi    (18 km)

Chaga Mela    (19 km)

Ghani Khel    (19 km)

Kar Taugi    (19 km)

Mohmit Khān Kot    (19 km)

Mukhai Faqīr    (19 km)

Pakai    (19 km)

Pīr Gul Kot    (19 km)

Ziābai    (19 km)

Dotanni    (20 km)

Inus    (20 km)

Karīmai Manrai    (20 km)

Khāra Chīna    (20 km)

Yār Gul Khel    (20 km)

Landmarks nearby

Michan Bāba Ziārat    (5 km)

Barak Ziārat    (8 km)

Sher Shankai    (14 km)

Marwat Ziārat    (16 km)

Khamton Kāka Khel Ziārat    (19 km)