Photos of Bannu

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Bannu dating back to 1913 are in the last portion of this page.

Bannu Pictures: Bannu Fort located in Bannu Cantonment area with a gun and flags - Photos, Images of BannuBrief History: Bannu city is the Headquarters of Bannu District, located in the valley of the Kurram river in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  Province (Formerly NWFP). It is located at a distance of 190 Km south of Peshawar. Bannu is a very old city, founded in ancient times; however, the present location of the downtown Bannu was founded by Lieutenant (later Sir) Herbert Edwardes in 1848 as a military base. The city was named as Dalipnagar (1848) and then Edwardesabad in 1869. The city’s name was changed to Bannu in 1903. (Encyclopedia Britannica).

Bannu city had two main parts; the walled city and the Cantonment area. You will find the details of both parts in the subsequent paragraphs. Bannu Division was created in 1990 but was abolished by the administrative reforms of 2000. The inhabitants of Bannu are known as  Bannuchi. They have their origins traced back to Arabia, coming from the Khost and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan.

The history of the district is quite old. The earliest known village settlement in the Bannu region is the archaeological site of Sheri Khan Tarakai. There were many historical relics found at Akra mounds dating back to about 300  BC. Some of the relics depict  the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. There are also relics left behind by Central Asian invaders en route to the sub-continent. After the annexation of the Punjab (then it also  included the NWFP, now KPK) by the British, the valley was administered by Herbert Edwardes. When NWFP Province was created in 1901, Bannu became an important District of the Province.

The population of Bannu is mostly ethnic Pashtun. The Bannuchi tribe dominates the city. The main tribes are: Bannuchi, Wazir, Mehsud, Dawar, Marwat and some of Bangash. Pashto is the main language spoken in Bannu, specifically Khattak dialect, but significant number of people speaks Punjabi Language (Saraiki, Hindko and Majhi dialects). Urdu being National language is also spoken and understood.

Map of Bannu

Bannu Pictures: Map of Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

A Video of Bannu

The Walled City of Bannu.  Bannu was a walled city and entry to the city was possible through several gates which were closed at night. The names of the gates are; Lakki Gate, Paredi Gate, Railway Gate, Kachari Gate, Meryan Gate, Qasaban Gate, Hinjal Gate, Pori Gate, Haved Gate, Sokari Gate, and Mandan Gate, etc. Locals called this wall as “Kot Di Baan”. Now this wall has vanished except some portions which still survive towards Mandan Gate, Meryan Gate and Hinjal Gate.

Railway Gate, Bannu in 2002

Bannu Pictures: A general view of Railway Gate, Bannu in 2002 - Photos, Images of Bannu

Meryan Gate, BannuPhoto by .

Bannu Pictures: A general view of Meryan Gate, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

A Closer Look of Meryan Gate, Bannu Showing the Plaque. Photo by Omer Wazir.

Bannu Pictures: Plaque at Meryan Gate, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Mandan Gate, Bannu 

Bannu Pictures: A truck Passing through the narrow Mandan Gate, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Lakki Gate Mosque at Bannu. Photo by M. Imran Khan, Fatma Khel.

Bannu Pictures: Beautiful Lakki Gate Mosque in Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Bannu Cantonment Area. A large Fort is situated in Bannu Cantonment area. It is called “Edwardes Fort” (Formerly known as “Duleep Singh Fort”).

Bannu Pictures: Bannu Fort located in Bannu Cantonment area with a gun and flags - Photos, Images of Bannu

Signboard at the Entrance of Bannu Cantt. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Signboard at the entrance of Bannu Cantonment - Photos, Images of Bannu

Akra: The Lost Civilization. Ruins of “Akra” are located near Bharat village, about 9 Km away from Bannu. This 2500 years old (Estimated from the human bones found from the site) ancient city was once very vibrant had its own civilization. Sufficient historical information is not available as to when the city was destroyed. ‘Akra’ is a Greek word which means a high place. The ruins are situated on a number of earthen mounds (Spread over 133 acres) , the largest is 250 feet high, while the surrounding area is plain. Probably it got the name because of its high location.

Some epitaphs in Greek language, Greek coins, a great quantity of baked bricks and other antiques are found from the ruins sporadically.These have been preserved in Lahore, Peshawar and London Museum. The study of these antiques and coins shows that probably some of the governors of Alexander had conquered the city. Besides these, some coins containing the names of Hindu Rajas in Sanskrit language and with distinct Hindu marks, and some idols were also found here. Some kiln-baked small earthen heads of Buddha were also found.

 It can thus be concluded that Akra was basically a Greek city which was later inhibited by some Hindus and Buddhists as well. The city had a combination of mixed Greek, Hindu and Buddhist cultures and was destroyed by some ancient invader.

The history buffs can read a complete book on Akra here: Akra: The Ancient Capital of Bannu

See a video of Archiaologist site of Akra.

Some Artifacts Found at the Archaeological Site of Akra, Bannu. Only a few artifacts, found from the ruins of Akra, have been shown in the following photo. Most of the artifacts were taken away by the British rulers and kept in British Museum, London.

Bannu Pictures: Some artifacts in British Museum London, found at the archaeological site of Akra, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

The Remains of the Main Mound at Akra, Bannu in 1994

Bannu Pictures: The remains of the main Mound at Akra, Bannu, at the left bank of Lohra Nullah in 1994 - Photos of Bannu

The Earliest Sketch of Akra, Bannu, 1848-49

Bannu Pictures: The earliest known sketch of Akra, Bannu in 1848-49 - Photos of Bannu

Herbert Benjamin EdwardesWhy the Bannu City was Called Edwardesabad? Major General Sir Herbert Benjamin Edwardes (1819–1868) was an English administrator, soldier, and statesman, who in February 1847, aged 28, was detailed on special duty as Political Agent to Bannu region, to improve the district’s tax-revenue yield to Lahore (The area was under Punjab. NWFP Province was created much later in 1901), much lessened by evasion and non-payment by locals. Backed by a small force of Sikh troops, he completely reformed the administration, settled local feuds, built roads and canals and encouraged agriculture. He established the town of Bannu in 1848 and named it as Dalipnagar. It was named after his death in his honour as Edwardesabad in 1869. The name was finally changed to Bannu in 1903. (Encyclopedia Britannica.)

An Artistic Sculpture at Durrani Children Park. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: A white-colour Artistic Sculpture at Durrani Children Park in Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Mandan Park. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Name of Mandan Park appears on green grass in Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Bannu Sports Complex. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: A view of Bannu Sports Complex - Photos, Images of Bannu

Qazi Mohib Hockey Stadium, Bannu. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: A view of Qazi Mohib Hockey Stadium, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Open Air Salons in Bannu. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Barbers are beautifying Bannuchis in Open Air Salons in Bannu city - Photos, Images of Bannu

A Horse Decorated by a Tonga Owner in Bannu

Bannu Pictures: A Horse in Bannu decorated by red artificial flowers - Photos, Images of Bannu

Bannu Library, Located in the Centre of Bannu City. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures:  Round building of Bannu Library, located in the centre of Bannu city - Photos, Images of Bannu

District Library Bannu . Photo by S. Kashif Tabibani.

Bannu Pictures: New building of District Library Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

A View of Tanchi Bazar, Bannu. The round water tank is also visible, probably the bazar derived its name from it.

Bannu Pictures: A general view of Tanchi Bazar, Bannu, Water Tank also visible - Photos, Images of Bannu

Sculpture with Allah’s Name at Bazar Ahmed Khan Chowk. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Sculpture showing Allah's name at Bazar Ahmed Khan Chowk in Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

General Bus Stand, Bannu. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: General Bus Stand, Bannu crowded with buses - Photos, Images of Bannu

Main Gate of Bannu Woolen Mills Ltd. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Main Gate of Bannu Woolen Mills Ltd - Photos, Images of Bannu

The Newly Constructed Church of the Holy Name at  Bannu. Photo by Shiraz Hassan.

Bannu Pictures: The newly built Church of the Holy Name at Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Gul Nawaz Hospital, Bannu. Photo by Sufian Hashmi.

Bannu Pictures: Elegant building of Gul Nawaz Hospital, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Administration Block of University of Science &Technology, Bannu. University started functioning in 2005. For more details see the official website of the university: University of Science &Technology, Bannu.

Bannu Pictures: Administration Block of University of Science and Technology, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Central Library at University of Science & Technology, Bannu.This library has been constructed recently with the efforts of Lt Col (R) Ilyas Mirza (1st SSC, Engrs/Avn), a native of Bannu, with donations (mostly from USA). It is on 20,000 sq ft, having a female section, an Auditorium, main Reading Hall, librarian office, Conference Room, store, Reproduction Section, wash rooms and a place for namaz.
It is fully furnished with some computers but has shortage of books. It is appealed to the visitors of this website and the residents of Bannu to donate some books. Please send the books to :-
1. Mr. Inamullah Khan
The Deputy Registrar (Academics)
University of Science & Technology, Bannu,
Main Campus, Township,
Bannu, KPK.
Phone: 0092-928-633825
2. Lt Col (R) Ilyas Mirza, Rawalpindi
Mobile # awaited ??????????????????/

Bannu Pictures: Central Library University of Science & Technology, Bannu - Imagse, Photos of Bannu

Bannu Campus of NWFP University of Engineering & Technology. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Building of Bannu Campus of NWFP University of Engineering &Technology - Photos, Images of Bannu

Government Post Graduate College, Bannu. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Building of Government Post Graduate College, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Bannu Medical College. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: 3 storey Building of Bannu Medical College - Photos, Images of Bannu

Government Degree College No. 2, Bannu. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Blue Gate of Government Degree College No. 2, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Akram Khan Durrani College, Bannu. Photo by .

Bannu Pictures: Stylish building of Akram Khan Durrani College, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Army Public School and College, Bannu

Bannu Pictures: Building of Army Public School and College, Bannu - Photos, Images of Bannu

Govt College of Technology, Bannu. Photo by .

Bannu Photos - Government College of Technology, Bannu - Pictures of Bannu

A Convoy of Army Vehicles at Rest in Bannu, 11 August 1938 

Bannu Rare Pictures: A convoy of Army vehicles resting at Bannu, 11 August 1938 - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

A Small Bridge Between Bannu and Miran Shah, 11 August 1938

Bannu Rare Pictures: An Army vehicle passing on a small bridge between Bannu and Miran Shah, 11 August 1938  - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

 

Army Convoy Between Bannu and Kohat, May 1938 

Bannu Pictures: Army Convoy at the road between Bannu and Kohat, May 1938  - Photos, Images of Bannu

Convoy at the Road Between Bannu and Kohat, May 1938 

Bannu Pictures: Army Convoy between Bannu and Kohat, May 1938 - Photos, Images of Bannu

Army Convoy on Bannu-Miran Shah Road, May 1938 

Bannu Rare Pictures: Army Convoy on the road between Bannu and Miran Shah, May 1938 - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

Cattle Market, Outside the City Wall of Bannu

Bannu Rare Pictures: Market Day; Cattle Market, outside the city wall of Bannu - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

Hawkers Selling Chittai, Matting, in Bannu Market 

Bannu Rare Pictures: Hawkers selling Chittai (Matting) in Bannu Market - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

Overflow of Cattle by One of the City Gates, Bannu, 1914 

Bannu Rare Pictures: Cattle entering a gate of Bannu City in 1914 - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

March Past by Soldiers at Bannu Parade Ground on New Year’s Day, 1914 

Bannu Rare Pictures: March Past by soldiers at Bannu Parade Ground on New Year's Day, 1914 - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

Hindu Sadhus Sitting in the Mid-day Sun in Bannu, 1913. In this photo two Hindu Sadhus are sitting in the mid-day sun with fires round them.

Bannu Rare Pictures: Two Hindu Sadhus sitting in the mid day sun with fires round them, Bannu, 1913 - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

An Old Photo of Bannu Railway Station, 1913

Bannu Rare Pictures: A rare photo of Bannu Railway Station, 1913, soldiers are lined up - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

 A Hockey Match in Bannu in 1913 

Bannu Rare Pictures: Army soldiersplaying hockey match in Bannu in 1913 - Extremely Old Photos of Bannu

Bannu Town in 1913. This photo was taken from outside the town. The wall around the city is clearly visible in the pic.

Bannu Pictures: Photo of Bannu Town taken in 1913 from outside the town - Photos, Images of Bannu

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  1. Lt Col (R) Ilyas Ahmad Mirza, Avn says:

    This is tremendous.
    I didn’t know you guys knew so much about my home town,”The Bani Gul”.

  2. Shahrukh Khan says:

    I love my hometown Bannu. Allah iss ki hamesha hifazat karay, Aamin. Zinda dil logon ki jagha apna Bni gul.

  3. A good effort which needs to be commended. The rich history of Bannu, with diverse cultures is an asset to be proud of. The Bannu people, of all dialects of Pushto, Hindus, Christians and Punjabis or Urdu Speaking, present a beautiful specimen of diverse cultures living in complete harmony.

    The Bannu evenings are a treat to watch and enjoy. Before dusk, dancing parties with Dhols and Shehnais throng to arrive at the city center where the young happy participants of weddings buy scents, perfumed cottons, flower garlands and sweets, etc. They colour up the atmosphere for a while before proceeding to their respective villages where traditional Painda and Wresha (Halwa) awaits them. This unique culture is viewed in Bannu only and can be a tremendous tourist attraction.

  4. Aheen Laibaa says:

    I like Bannu!!

  5. Engineer Naseem Afzal Baz says:

    Amazing!! Simply amazing!!
    I haven’t seen so much detail together on the web about Bannu.
    Thank you for putting it together. Very well done. I am impressed by the efforts put in to this post.

  6. Irfan Ali Shah says:

    Such like historical pieces are needed to be shared because most of us don’t know about Bannu.
    It is a good attempt.

  7. Dr Wajed Ahmed Qureshi says:

    Nice work regarding Bannu, I really appreciate this work. Thanks for giving us some nice memories regarding our homeland Bannu gul!!!

  8. Adil Rahim Wazir says:

    Long live Bannu!!!

  9. Riyan Rasheed says:

    I love Bannu.