Buner District

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Buner
District
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Headquarters Daggar[1]
Government
 • District Commissioner Mushtaq[2]
Area
 • Total 1,865 km2 (720 sq mi)
Population (2017)[3]
 • Total 897,319
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of tehsils 6
Number of Union Councils 27[4]

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.[5]:1 The predominant language is Pashto, which is spoken natively by 96.6% of the population.[5]:33

History[edit]

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.[6] During the 19th century the inhabitants rose twice against the British, but submitted in 1897.[7]

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.[8] On 29 April the government responded to the Taliban by sending the army to the region and dropping parachutists by helicopter.[9] By the end of May 2009, almost all of Buner was cleared of the Taliban.[10]

Administration[edit]

National assembly[edit]

This district is represented by one elected MNA (Member of National Assembly) in Pakistan National Assembly. Its constituency is NA-28.[11]

Election Member Party
2002 Sher Akbar Khan PPP (S)
2008 Istiqbal Khan ANP
2013 Sher Akbar Khan JI

Provincial assembly[edit]

The district has three constituencies in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[12]and one in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Constituency MPA Party
PK-77 (Buner-I) Sardar Hussain Babak ANP
PK-78 (Buner-II) Haji Habib Ur Rahman Jamaat-e-Islami
PK-79 (Buner-III) Mufti Fazal Ghafoor JUI

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uncertainty rules Pakistan's Buner district", Radio Nertherlands Worldwide
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. 
  4. ^ "Village/Neighbourhood Council". lgkp.gov.pk. 
  5. ^ a b 1998 District Census report of Buner. Census publication. 98. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000. 
  6. ^  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. 
  7. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  8. ^ Taliban Exert Influence in Pakistan: April 21, 2009
  9. ^ Pakistani forces seize main town of Buner district from Taliban
  10. ^ 90% Buner Cleared: May 27, 2009
  11. ^ http://ecp.gov.pk/GE.aspx
  12. ^ Constituencies and MPAs – Website of the Provincial Assembly of the NWFP Archived April 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

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