Buner District is a spectacular district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan. Before becoming a district in the year of 1991, it was a tehsil within Swat District. The predominant language is Pashto, which is spoken natively by 96.6 percent of the population.
History of Buner District
The Buner Valley lies on the Peshawar valley border of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). It is a small mountain valley, dotted with villages and categorized into 4 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 nineteenth century the inhabitants rose twice against the British, but submitted in the year of 1897.
In the month of April 2009, the Taliban seized control of Buner, after a brief battle with regional residents. Strict rules were reportedly being enforced, involving the elimination of video stores, bans on cutting beards, and the prevention of females from appearing in several public places. On the day of 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 the day of November 2, 2012, a bomb attack killed local anti-Taliban politician Fateh Khan, an ex-leader of the secular Awami National Party and 3 of his guards as his car left a petrol station. Various people were also wounded. 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 Buner district has 3 constituencies in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the year of 2008 elections, Awami National Party won all 3 seats.