The Battle for Pakistan: Dir
Spread over 2,040 square miles in Pakistan???s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), Dir is fertile and picturesque, producing wheat, barley, and fruits and covered in fir, pine, and walnut trees. However, the terrain is craggy and inhospitable, and most of the population lives in the remote valleys and mountains that dot the district. Like neighboring Swat, Dir was a ???princely state??? until 1969, when the district was formally merged into the NWFP. Formerly a single district within the NWFP, Dir was divided into two districts -- Upper and Lower Dir -- in 1996.
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Posted October 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM