South Waziristan

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South Waziristan
State : Pakistan Pakistan
Province : Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Seat : Wana
Coordinates : 32 ° 14 '  N , 69 ° 36'  E Coordinates: 32 ° 14 '18 "  N , 69 ° 35' 34"  E
Area : 6th 619  km²
Residents : 674,065 (2017)
Population density : 102 inhabitants per km²
Time zone : PST ( UTC + 5 )
Map of Pakistan, position of South Waziristan highlighted

South Waziristan is an administrative district in Pakistan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province . The district administration is seated in the Wana settlement . The district forms the southern part of the Waziristan region .

The district has an area of ​​6619 km² and according to the 2017 census, 674,065 inhabitants. The population density is 102 inhabitants / km².


The district is located in the southwest of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, which is in the north of Pakistan. The area consists mainly of rugged and complex hills and ridges.


The British invaded Waziristan in 1894, which until then had been part of the Durrani Empire . After British military operations from 1894 to 1895, Waziristan was divided into two agencies, North Waziristan and South Waziristan. After Pakistan's independence in 1947, the area became a federally administered tribal district . As part of the conflict in northwestern Pakistan , the area became a stronghold of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and several military operations took place here. In 2018 the tribal areas were dissolved and South Waziristan became part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province as a district.


Between 1998 and 2017, the population grew at an annual rate of 2.53%. The population lives 100% in rural areas and there are no larger cities. The gender ratio is 111.4 men per 100 women and thus results in a frequent male surplus for Pakistan. The Pashto language is predominantly spoken in the district. The population belongs to the Pashtun people who speak the Waziristani dialect. They have a reputation for formidable warriors and are known for their frequent blood feuds. The tribes are divided into sub-tribes, ruled by male village elders who meet in a tribal jirga. Waziristan is an extremely conservative area socially and religiously.

year population
1972 307.514
1981 309.454
1998 429.841
2017 674.065


South Waziristan is one of the poorest and most remote regions in Pakistan. The livelihood for the majority of the population is agriculture, which is operated on a subsistence level.


Individual evidence

  1. a b DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017. August 29, 2017, accessed May 30, 2019 .
  2. Pakistani Districts wise Population Census 2017. Accessed May 30, 2019 .
  3. Dawn com | Amir Wasim: National Assembly green-lights Fata-KP merger by passing 'historic' bill. May 24, 2018, accessed May 15, 2020 .