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FATA “A Permanent War Zone”: Breaking the Silence
Fata “a permanent war zone”: Breaking the silence
Noreen Naseer
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 ...

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