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This book discusses the experiences of women negotiating conflict and post-conflict situations to deliver transformative peace. Inspired by the vision and values of women of the South Asian Peace Network, this volume fills a critical gap in the global Women, Peace and Security (WPS) discourse. The chapters focus on the region's multifaceted experiences and feminist expertise on women negotiating post-war/post-conflict situations structured around interlinked themes - women, participation and peacebuilding; militarization and violent peace; and justice, impunity, and accountability.
Chapter 11: FATA “A Permanent War Zone”: Breaking the Silence
FATA “A Permanent War Zone”: Breaking the Silence
Tribal Agencies—Discriminated Deprived
In the global terrorism discourse, the Pakhtun tribal areas of northwest Pakistan straddling the Afghanistan border are projected as the “natural” epicenter of militancy and extremism. Pakistan's semi-autonomous border region, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is considered to be a highly volatile border region with geostrategic significance, as Al-Qaida and the Taliban are actively present in the area. But curiously, the perspective of the people of FATA and especially women are absent from any academic debate at the national or international levels. This is compounded by institutional regulations and cultural codes that silence the people. Tribal people are not allowed ...