Buner District

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Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Headquarters Daggar[1]
 • District Commissioner Mushtaq[2]
 • Total 1,865 km2 (720 sq mi)
Population (1998)[3]:29
 • 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. Before becoming a district in 1991, it was a tehsil within Swat District.[3]:1 The predominant language is Pashto, which is spoken natively by 96.6% of the population.[3]:33


The grave of Pir Baba

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.[4] During the 19th century the inhabitants rose twice against the British, but submitted in 1897.[5]

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.[6] On 29 April the government responded to the Taliban by sending the army to the region and dropping parachutists by helicopter.[7] By the end of May 2009, almost all of Buner was cleared of the Taliban.[8]

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.[9]


The district has three constituencies in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[10] In 2008 elections Awami National Party won all three seats:[11]

Constituency MPA Party
PK-79 (Buner-I) Fazal Ghafoor jui
KP-78 (Buner-II) Haji Habib Ur Rahman Jamat E Islami
KP-77 (Buner-III) Sardar Husain BABAK anp

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Uncertainty rules Pakistan's Buner district", Radio Nertherlands Worldwide
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c 1998 District Census report of Buner. Census publication. 98. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000. 
  4. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Buner". Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 798. 
  5. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  6. ^ Taliban Exert Influence in Pakistan: April 21, 2009
  7. ^ Pakistani forces seize main town of Buner district from Taliban
  8. ^ 90% Buner Cleared: May 27, 2009
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20190337
  10. ^ Constituencies and MPAs - Website of the Provincial Assembly of the NWFP Archived April 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ PF-78 (Buner-II)

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Coordinates: 34°31′01″N 72°29′02″E / 34.5169°N 72.4839°E / 34.5169; 72.4839