Buner District

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District
Location of Buner District (highlighted in red) within the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province.
Location of Buner District (highlighted in red) within the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province.
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Capital Daggar[1]
Government
 • District Commissioner Mushtaq[2]
Area
 • Total 1,865 km2 (720 sq mi)
Population (1998)
 • Total 506,048
 • Density 271/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of tehsils 6

Buner District (Pashto: د بونیر ولسوالی‎) is a district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Languages[edit]

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Pashto is main language spoken in Buner which until 1969 was part of Swat, a moderate number of people speak Punjabi languages (Hindko, Gujri and Majhi dialects). Kohistani is also spoken by few. The national language, Urdu, is also spoken and understood.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Buner Valley lies on the Peshawar valley border of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is a small mountain valley, dotted with villages and divided into seven sub-divisions. The Mora Hills and the Ilam range divide it from the Swat Valley, the Sinawar range from Yusafzai, the Guru mountains from the Chamla valley, and the Duma range from the Puran Valley. Until the year 2000 it was a part of Malakand Division - until this division was abolished.[citation needed]

In April 2009, the Taliban seized control of Buner, after a brief battle with local residents. Strict rules were reportedly being enforced, including the elimination of video stores, bans on cutting beards, and the prevention of women from appearing in many public places.[3] On 29 April the government responded to the Taliban by sending the army to the region and dropping parachutists by helicopter.[4] By the end of May 2009, almost all of Buner was cleared of the Taliban.[5]

On November 2, 2012, a bomb attack killed local anti-Taliban politician Fateh Khan, an ex-leader of the secular Awami National Party and three of his guards as his car left a petrol station. Several people were also injured. According to Pakistan's Express Tribune, Mr Khan was a former ANP leader who had recently joined the Qaumi Watan Party. Mr Khan was also the head of a local tribal anti-Taliban force.[6]

Education[edit]

The district have many high and intermediate schools. Four degree colleges for male students and two intermediate schools and a degree college for female students. Few private sector schools and colleges are also there.

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into four tehsils:[7]

  • Daggar.[1] (District headquarters)
  • Gagra
  • Khadokhel
  • Mandan

Constituencies[edit]

The district has three constituencies in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[8] In 2008 elections Awami National Party won all three seats:[9]

Constituency MPA Party
KP-77 (Buner-I) Sardar Hussain Awami National Party
KP-78 (Buner-II) Habibur Rahman JI
KP-79 (Buner-III) FAZALI GHAFOOR JUF

References[edit]

Coordinates: 34°30′41″N 72°29′02″E / 34.5114°N 72.4839°E / 34.5114; 72.4839