(), is the capital city of Tank District
. The city's location near Waziristan
It is located at 32º13' N. and 70º32' E and is situated to the north-west of the Indus River
and close to the Takht-i-Sulaiman
Range. Tank is hot and humid in summer. It's a minor yet thriving city at the west bank of the Indus river.
To the far western side of the city lies the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
abbreviated to FATA
making Tank the gateway to the no-mans land
as the FATA is commonly perceived. The mainly Pashtun
tribes that inhabit the area are fiercely independent, but until recently the tribes had very friendly relations with Pakistan.
In the book Tank: Crossroads to the Frontier Tribes
by Molly Pont, an English Missionary surgeon who came to Tank in 1983 the town was described as follows:
In 1972, 14,306 inhabitants; 1981, 25,003; 1998, 33,930.
The city was situated inside a fort, a trench was dug around it and filled with water. When the British came they called it Tank.The town was founded by Katal Khan
, the first Nawab
of Tank, the Imperial Gazetteer of India (written in the early 20th century) describes the town as follows:
"It stands on the left batik of a ravine which issues fromthe Tank Larn pass, 40 miles north-west of Dera Ismail Khan
town.A mud wall surrounds the town, 12 feet in height and 7 feet thick,... Read More