Governance and Militancy in Pakistan’s Chitral District
November 30, 2011
Chitral, the northernmost district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province, lies at the extreme northwest of Pakistan. It shares a border with Afghanistan’s Badakhshan, Nuristan, and Kunar Provinces to the north and west, with Gilgit-Baltistan region to the east, and with the Kohistan, Swat, and Dir Districts to the south.
Geography is at the root of many of Chitral’s unique characteristics. Indeed, its geography and location play an important role in shaping its culture. The district consists of a series of valleys that vary in accessibility, but generally Chitral is not easily traveled. While this research was under way, every single road into Chitral was being disrupted by flooding, as were many of the roads linking the various valleys. And this event was not entirely unusual. This paper is part of a series on subnational governance and militancy in Pakistan.