North Waziristan is the northern part of Waziristan, a mountainous region of northeast Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering 11,585 square kilometres. Miranshah is capital of North Waziristan.
The region became an independent tribal territory in 1893, remaining outside of the British empire and Afghanistan.
Waziristan is divided into two “agencies”, North Waziristan and South Waziristan, with estimated populations (as of 1998) of 361,246 and 429,841 respectively. The two parts have quite distinct characteristics, though both tribes are subgroups of the Waziri tribe, after which the region is named and speak a common Waziri language. They have a formidable reputation as warriors and are known for their frequent blood feuds.
It is bounded on the north by Afghanistan, Kurram Agency and Hangu District, on the east by tribal areas adjoining the Bannu and Karak Districts, on the south by South Waziristan Agency and on the west also by Afghanistan. The total area of the agency is 4,707 square kilometres.