historical background of FATA ceasefires

Joshua Foust, at Registan, has a long and informative article about the historical background of negotiations between the central government and FATA tribal leaders. The article also makes an interesting point about the similarities between the proposals for collective punishment in the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, 2008 and the 1903 Frontier Crimes Regulation passed by the British:

In 1903, the British passed the Frontier Crimes Regulation. Its text isn’t online or even accessible outside a few university libraries, but reports of its effects are widespread. Recent stories about the expansion of Shari’a courts in Swat, Dir, Kohistan, and Chitral all note the similarities of a collective punishment regime to the FCR. The provision is seen as a “throwback” to the old British system of governance, in which an entire community could be held accountable for the actions of individual members.

Foust, Joshua. (May 6, 2008). Why the Taliban Ceasefire Won’t Matter. Registan.net.


2 responses to “historical background of FATA ceasefires

  1. Ali Eteraz

    Hi Rabia:

    You didn’t link to the article in question. Can you please email me the link or leave it at my blog?


  2. Jon


    I believe you are our first non-spam commenter! Thanks!

    A quick search suggests this is the blog post Rabia was referencing. I’ll go ahead and add it to the post as well.

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