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Crime and Insurgency in FATA: A Public Perception Survey of Khyber Agency

Intikhab Alam, Niaz Muhammad, Shakeel Ahmed, Summiya Ahmad & Kifayat Ullah

Abstract
The present study was conducted to explore the public perception about the cause and effects
of crime and insurgency in FATA which has badly affected socio-economic condition of
people. Moreover, the prevalence of insurgence has weakened writ of the state in
maintaining law and order in FATA. It was found that post 1979 and 9/11 incidents, fighting
against invaders, poor socio- economic conditions of the local people, abundance of war
arms, religious extremism emerged in view of external attacks and vested interest groups are
the major causes of crime and insurgency in the area. Furthermore, warlords (insurgent
leaders) set their own judicial and administration in FATA. Warlords’ decision is binding
from all respect in terms of implementation. The situation can be controlled by
multidimensional strategy of dialogues with peace lovers and aggression against the
miscreants.

Keywords: Insurgency, Social Deprivation, Incapable Judicial System, Writ of the State, Challenges, Problems.