Location of North and South Waziristan (green) inside Pakistan.

Waziristan (Pashto and Urdu: وزیرستان‎, "land of the Wazir") is a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering about 11,585 km2 (4,473 sq mi). It is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which is not part of any of the country's four provinces.

Legal status

Though declared by the rebels as a "state" or "emirate", there are questions whether the region being should be called such. Those who support that the region is a state point to the facts that the federal government has little to no power in the region and that the area is ruled mostly by tribal elders.[1] The Taliban are reported to control most of the region with its own style of Sharia rule, which the Pakistan government has been unable to stop.[2][3] Such bold show of autonomy has led one writer in the Wall Street Journal to remark that Waziristan was a "state within a state."[4]

Other Languages
العربية: وزيرستان
azərbaycanca: Vəziristan
башҡортса: Вазирстан
беларуская: Вазірыстан
български: Вазиристан
català: Waziristan
čeština: Vazíristán
Cymraeg: Wasiristan
dansk: Waziristan
Deutsch: Wasiristan
English: Waziristan
español: Waziristán
Esperanto: Vaziristano
euskara: Waziristan
فارسی: وزیرستان
français: Waziristan
galego: Waziristán
한국어: 와지리스탄
հայերեն: Վազիրիստան
Bahasa Indonesia: Waziristan
italiano: Waziristan
עברית: וזיריסטן
ქართული: ვაზირისტანი
қазақша: Уәзірстан
latviešu: Vaziristāna
მარგალური: ვაზირისტანი
Nederlands: Waziristan
нохчийн: Вазиристан
norsk: Waziristan
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Vaziriston
پنجابی: وزیرستان
polski: Waziristan
português: Waziristão
русский: Вазиристан
Scots: Waziristan
suomi: Waziristan
svenska: Waziristan
Tagalog: Waziristan
татарча/tatarça: Вәзиристан
Türkçe: Veziristan
українська: Вазиристан
Zazaki: Wezirıstan