The US counterattack on Afghanistan in October 2001 changed in the
overall security structure of the region. The Taliban and Al Qaeda
fighters escaped the US bombing of the Tora Bora in Afghanistan and crossed into the
FATA region of Pakistan. Pakistan’s military operations against these militants in the
FATA provided a boost to the latter’s cause and almost
the entire FATA experienced a sort of Talibanization.
The US war in Afghanistan had its spillover effect in
FATA. Terrorist activities unleashed in the entire
Pakistan and turmoil in Afghanistan added fuel to this
situation. FATA’s special constitutional status was
adding to the woes of Pakistan and subsequently FATA
was merged with the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
(KP). This paper analyzes the impact of the US war in
Afghanistan on the FATA region of Pakistan.
1-Fazal Wahid Visiting Faculty,Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.
FATA, Governance, Mujahideen, Al Qaeda, Taliban, TTP, PTM