Buner District

Area: 1865 km2
Population:  506,048< est.1998
National Assembly Seats: 1
Provincial Assembly Seats:  3
Talluqas/ Subdivisions: 1

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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.

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 parachuters 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.

This scenic district is also known for a number of great saints. Though the majority of the district’s population is descended from the Yousufzai tribes, Buner is also home to other ethnic groups as well as religious minorities, including Sikhs and Hindus.

Agriculture provides the main source of livelihood and wheat, maize and tobacco are the main crops grown here. A significant number of the younger generation works abroad. Unlike a number of its neighbouring districts, Buner is known for its peaceful atmosphere.


National Assembly Constituencies:

NA- 28  Buner                 Buner District