February 24, 2010


The FATA has been the epicenter of Pakistan's war against the Pakistani Taliban and has hosted the presence of the Afghan Taliban since they were driven from Afghanistan in 2001. North Waziristan in particular supports a large Afghan Taliban presence in the form of the Haqqani network. The region is administered separately to the rest of the country and is ruled directly by the Pakistani presidency. The Governor of the NWFP, appointed by the President, selects a Political Agent to represent his authority in each agency. Neither the country's National Assembly nor the NWFP's provincial assembly exercise any jurisdiction over the FATA.