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The Bannuchi (Pashto: بنوڅي‎), also Banutsi, Banusi or Banisi, or Bannuzai are a Pashtun tribe inhabiting the Bannu District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and North Waziristan of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, with some members settled in Afghanistan.[1][2]

The Bannuchi trace their descent to the Shitak superclan of the larger Karlan tribe.


The Bannnuchis originally lived in the Shawal area, which lies partly in the present-day North Waziristan tribal agency of Pakistan and partly in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan. The Bannuchi, as well as their cousin tribe the Dawars descend from the Shitak supertribe who were settled in Shawal. In the 14th century, the Wazir tribe of pashtuns, who were living in Birmal in the west, migrated eastwards to the Shawal area and fell into dispute with the Shitaks (Bannuchis and Dawars), and succeeded to oust the Shitaks northeastwards towards the land between the Tochi and Kurram rivers. Eventually, the Bannuchi Shitaks migrated to the Bannu District, where the Pashtun tribes of the Mangal and the Honai, as well as the Khattak were already settled. The Bannuchis first defeated and drove away the Mangals and the Honais, then gradually pushed the Khattaks northwards to Kohat and Karak, and eventually captured and settled in Bannu District.[3]

Notable people[edit]

  • Ghulam Ishaq Khan Nuclear scientist and Later elected as the President of Pakistan in 1988.He's also the founder of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology The university ranking puts GIKI among one of the top institutions by the HEC, and also has a long standing competition with the Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
  • Akram Khan Durrani was elected as the 23rd Chief Minister of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on 29 September 2002.He also was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in the 11 May 2013 general elections.Akram Khan Durrani is the voice of ordinary people of Bannu and the surrounding districts and is champion of their rights. He is highly respected in all the districts of Southern Pashtunkhwa, from Kohat to Dera Ismail Khan.


  1. ^ Bellew, Henry Walter. An Inquiry into the Ethnography of Afghanistan. Woking: The Oriental University Institute, 1891. 110-112.
  2. ^ Thorbum, Septimus Smet. Bannú: or Our Afghan frontier. London: Trübner & Co., 1876. 16-17.
  3. ^ Excerpts from Gazetteer of the Bannu District, 1887. Khyber.ORG. History and Settlement of Bannu: The Bannuchis