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Wa•zir•i•stanwəˌzɪər əˈstɑn, -ˈstæn(n.)

  1. a mountainous region in NW Pakistan, on the Afghanistan border.

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  1. Waziristan(ProperNoun)

    A mountainous region of northern Pakistan

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  1. Waziristan

    Waziristan is a mountainous region in the northwest of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering some 11,585 km². The area is entirely populated by ethnic Pashtuns. The language spoken in the valley is Pashto. It is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, considered to be separate from the country's four core provinces. Waziristan comprises the area west and southwest of Peshawar between the Tochi River to the north and the Gomal River to the south. Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lies immediately to the east. The region was an independent tribal territory until 1893, remaining outside the British Empire. Tribal raiding into British-ruled territory was a constant problem for the British, eliciting frequent punitive expeditions between 1860 and 1945. The region became part of Pakistan in 1947. For administrative purposes, Waziristan is divided into two "agencies", North Waziristan and South Waziristan, with estimated populations of 361,246 and 429,841 respectively. The two parts have quite distinct characteristics, though both tribes are subgroups of the Wazir Tribe and speak a common Wazirwola language. They have a reputation as formidable warriors, and are known for their frequent blood feuds.

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