An Afghan orphan stands at the gate of the UNHCR refugee camp in Chaman, Pakistan. The Afghan border is mere steps away. Here she'll sleep in an eight- foot by ten- foot tarpaulin tent, and be treated for malnutrition. 2001

 

As part of the 1947 diplomacy, referred to as Partition, that decided many of the current central Asian borders, the British allowed the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan to remain part of Pakistan though ethnically Afghani. As a condition, the tribal territories would be free from Pakistan’s central government. The strip of land that runs along nearly all of the border between the two countries is home to many different central Asian tribes. The area is often referred to as lawless, but is actually ruled by an internal tribal order that holds true to many elements of Sharia law, including eye-for-an-eye justice.

 

Afghan refugees entering into Pakistan are sure to carry gold jewelry they can sell, a rug to cover the dirt floor, and a large copper pot for fresh water. 2002

 

As part of the 1947 diplomacy, referred to as Partition, that decided many of the current central Asian borders, the British allowed the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan to remain part of Pakistan though ethnically Afghani. As a condition, the tribal territories would be free from Pakistan’s central government. The strip of land that runs along nearly all of the border between the two countries is home to many different central Asian tribes. The area is often referred to as lawless, but is actually ruled by an internal tribal order that holds true to many elements of Sharia law, including eye-for-an-eye justice.

 
These Balouch tribe siblings live in the tribal area between Pakistan and Afghanistan where only traditional Sharia law is followed. Porous and vast, the area stretches along the entire length of the border. 2001
 

As part of the 1947 diplomacy, referred to as Partition, that decided many of the current central Asian borders, the British allowed the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan to remain part of Pakistan though ethnically Afghani. As a condition, the tribal territories would be free from Pakistan’s central government. The strip of land that runs along nearly all of the border between the two countries is home to many different central Asian tribes. The area is often referred to as lawless, but is actually ruled by an internal tribal order that holds true to many elements of Sharia law, including eye-for-an-eye justice.

 
Two children stand on a hill in the Balouchistan tribal area along the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Governed by neither country, this area follows its own set of rules which are highly influenced by Sharia law. 2001
 

As part of the 1947 diplomacy, referred to as Partition, that decided many of the current central Asian borders, the British allowed the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan to remain part of Pakistan though ethnically Afghani. As a condition, the tribal territories would be free from Pakistan’s central government. The strip of land that runs along nearly all of the border between the two countries is home to many different central Asian tribes. The area is often referred to as lawless, but is actually ruled by an internal tribal order that holds true to many elements of Sharia law, including eye-for-an-eye justice.