Location and Area
FR DIK is situated next to one of the southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Dera Ismail Khan, and has been named after it. The region shares its boundary on the north with South Waziristan Agency, on the east with Kulachi Tehsil, on the south with Dera Ghazi Khan District of the Punjab Province, and on the west with Zhob District of the Balochistan Province. The total area of FR DIK is 2,008 square kilometers.
It is composed of the Sulaiman mountains in the west, which are of considerable height. It has also comparatively lower hills on the entire eastern side. A number of peaks in this range are over 2,750 meters high. Takht-e-Sulaiman is the highest point of the Sulaiman Range, with a height of 3,441 meters. This range is covered by coniferous forest. Average height of the hills along the eastern border is around 700 meters. Important streams in this part are; Tangi khwar and Rangharar Khwar. They are the main tributaries of the Khora River.
The climate of FR DIK is extreme, with very hot summers and very cold winters. While December and January are the coldest months, June and July are extremely hot.
The climatic conditions are not favorable enough for agriculture. The area is poorly cultivated and about 5000 hectares in total is available for agriculture. A nominal income comes from flocks, herds and forests.