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Federally Administered Tribal Areas

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Travel Warning WARNING: Travel through the tribal areas is advised against by most governments including Pakistan's. Pakistan authorities have little control over these areas, and almost no ability to come to your aid in an emergency. Kidnapping can be a risk in many parts of the region, and it's widely believed to be used as a hideout for the Taliban and Al Qaeda. See "Stay safe" for more details
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Federally Administerd Tribal Areas (Urdu: قبائلی علاقہ جات) is a region in Pakistan.


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The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan are areas of Pakistan outside the four provinces, comprising a region of some 27,220 km² (10,507 mi²). Miran Shah is the tribal capital, although Parachinar is the largest city. There are seven areas known as Agencies and six areas known as Frontier Regions.

  • Bajaur Agency
  • Khyber Agency
  • Kurram Agency
  • Mohmand Agency
  • Orakzai Agency
  • North Waziristan Agency
  • South Waziristan Agency

On May 31, 2018, FATA was merged with neighbouring region, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Pashtu is the predominant language in the region, though many people also speak Urdu.

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Stay safe

The Pakistani Army is currently carrying out an offensive against TTP and other militants in this area. This activity has caused the displacement of over two million people. If you must travel here, please see war zone safety.

The tribal areas are generally not considered a tourist destination and for good reason. While there are many good people living in these areas, there are also a fair share of those willing to cause trouble to foreigners, and there's little that can be done to help you if you're in trouble – don't expect your embassy to come to your rescue either. Travellers to Landi Kotal and the Khyber Pass require an armed escort and a permit – you won't get through without these, so don't waste your time trying. Dara Adam Khel also attracts a handful of travellers to visit the gun manufacturing, but the same risks apply there: use caution.

It is also helpful if you have knowledge of small arms tactics and geographical knowledge of the surrounding terrain. If in an emergency situation seek refuge in the elevated spaces and wait for time to pass in which tensions will likely return to a prior state before you disturbed it. Hunting for food can be facilitated but understand you may be limited to small game in the higher elevations. Understand that Taliban and other militants may also utilize their knowledge of the terrain to gain advantage over you and accomplish your demise effectively. It would be advisable to bring along a GPS beacon of some kind to send an emergency distress signal to current DOD assets within the region that could alert ISAF to your precise location and buy you critical survival time

Several tips:

-Drones are characterized by the loud buzzing noise that they make, equivalent to that made by a bee or a lawnmower. You may also see the aircraft circling overhead.

-DO NOT perform the following actions; Lay down and drop something on a road (it looks like you are laying an IED), run, point at the aircraft. These actions may result in the aircraft opening fire.

-Stay away from anyone who you suspect to be a member of AQ or the Taliban. They WILL be targeted, and if you are near them you will be caught in the blast radius of the aircraft's weapons.

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