Location in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
|• District Commissioner||Mushtaq|
|• Total||1,865 km2 (720 sq mi)|
|• Density||271/km2 (700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Number of tehsils||6|
Pashto is main language spoken in Buner which until 1969 was part of Swat, a moderate number of people speak Hindko, Gujri and Majhi. Kohistani is also spoken by a few. The national language, Urdu, is also spoken and understood.
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 four 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 MARDAN valley, and the Duma range from the Puran Valley. During the 19th century the inhabitants rose twice against the British, but submitted in 1897. Until the year 2000 it was a part of Malakand Division - until this division was abolished.
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. On 29 April the government responded to the Taliban by sending the army to the region and dropping parachutists by helicopter. By the end of May 2009, almost all of Buner was cleared of the Taliban.
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.
The district have many high and higher secondary 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. In past the education ratio was not so good, but nowadays the people are moving toward the education. Most of the students goes toward the Major cities within the country and abroad as well for higher education.
The district is divided into five tehsils:
The weather of District Buner is moderate. It remains very hot in June, July and August, while remains very cold from Winter Season. The people mostly like the winter season.
|KP-77 (Buner-I)||Sardar Hussain||Awami National Party|
|KP-78 (Buner-II)||Haji Habib Ur Rahman||JI|
|KP-79 (Buner-III)||FAZALI GHAFOOR||JUF|
- "Uncertainty rules Pakistan's Buner district", Radio Nertherlands Worldwide
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Buner". Encyclopædia Britannica 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Chisholm 1911.
- Taliban Exert Influence in Pakistan: April 21, 2009
- Pakistani forces seize main town of Buner district from Taliban
- 90% Buner Cleared: May 27, 2009
- "NRB: Local Government Elections". nrb.gov.pk. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- Constituencies and MPAs - Website of the Provincial Assembly of the NWFP
- PF-78 (Buner-II)