Agency is one of the seven agencies in FATA region of
Pakistan. FATA both historically and traditionally had
a unique administrative and political status from the
British times since 1849. However, in 1893, a demarcation
was raised with Afghanistan called Durand Line. They
controlled the area through a combination of effective
Political Agents and tribal elders, while leaving the
people with their traditions and internal independence.
Pakistan inherited this system and more or less continues
with it even today.
Khyber Agency is named after the world famous Khyber
Pass, which has served as a gateway to connect the Asian
sub-continent with the Central Asia through Afghanistan.
The location of this pass has given the agency and its
people worldwide recognition. Khyber Agency has an area
of 2,576 sq kilometers and a population of 546,730 (1998
census, GoP). It is subdivided into 3 administrative
units known as Agency Tehsils namely Bara, Jamrud and
The majority of the tribes in this agency are Afridis,
of which there are eight major sub-tribes. However,
there are important pockets of Mallagoris (Mohmand)
Shilmanis, and Shinwaries. Shinwaries live on both sides
of the Pakistan Afghan border but are predominantly
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