The Federally Administered Tribal Areas is a semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, consisting of seven tribal agencies (districts) and six frontier regions, and are directly governed by Pakistan's federal government through a special set of laws called the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). It borders Pakistan's provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to the east and south, and Afghanistan's provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Khost and Paktika to the west and north.
The territory is almost exclusively inhabited by the Pashtun, who also live in the neighboring provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Northern Balochistan; they are largely Muslims. The main towns of the territory are Parachinar, Miramshah, Razmak, Wanna, Jamrud, and Landi Kotal. On March 2, 2017, the federal government approved the recommendations of the FATA reforms committee, which included the merger of the tribal areas with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and repeal of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). The process is expected to take five years to complete, concluding by 2022.