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Ladha is located in Pakistan
Location in Pakistan
Coordinates: 32°34′04″N 69°49′44″E / 32.5677985°N 69.8288830°E / 32.5677985; 69.8288830
Country Pakistan
ProvinceKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
DistrictSouth Waziristan
SubdivisionLadha Subdivision
5,659 ft (1,725 m)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)

Ladha (Pashto: لده; Urdu: لدها) or Lada is a town in South Waziristan, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (formerly in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, now merged with province). Just 10 km north of Ladha is the city of Makeen, while 10 km south of Ladha is the village of Kaniguram, the historical homeland of the 16th-century revolutionary leader Bayazid Pir Roshan.


British Raj[edit]

During the early part of World War II, the Queen's Royal Regiment was stationed there.

War on terror[edit]

In November 2009, the Pakistani army launched an attack on Ladha, which killed 30 militants and wounded eight soldiers.[1] Another attack by the Pakistani army killed 37 militants and 5 soldiers.[2] A mine blast on a road in Ladha killed two and injured nine.[3][4] A drone attack by the United States targeting the base of a Taliban leader killed 27 people in Ladha.[5] In November 2009, Ladha was one of the targets of Operation Rah-e-Nijat by the Pakistan Army against Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, during which the Pakistani military entered and cleared a large part of the area.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zahid Hussain (5 November 2009). "Pakistan's South Waziristan offensive reaches crucial stage in Ladha". The Times. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. ^ Mark Tran (22 January 2008). "Pakistan border attack claims 42 lives". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Blast kills two in Pakistan's tribal region". The Hindu. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Bomb hits minibus, kills 2 in NW Pakistan". Arab News. Apr 30, 2011. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  5. ^ "'US drone' in fatal Pakistan raid". Al Jazeera. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Key Pakistan Taliban town 'falls'". BBC News. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2011.