Photos of Bannu

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 with a gun and flags - Photos 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 - Images Photos of Bannu

The Walled City of BannuBannu was a walled-city and the entry was only possible through several gates. These gates were used to be closed at night. Local residents of Bannu used to call this wall as “Kot Di Baan” in their own language. This wall is now almost removed except towards Mandan, Meryan and Hinjal sides. These gates include Lakki Gate (named after the town of Lakki Marwat), Preedy Gate (pronounced Praiti), Railway Gate (opens towards Railway Station), Katcheri Gate (opens towards District Courts), Meryan Gate (named after Maryen village), Qasaban Gate (named after butcher shops), Hinjal Gate, Phoori Gate, Huwaid Gate (named after village Huwaid), Sokarri Gate (named after village Sokarri), Mandan Gate (named after village Mandan), etc.

In 1998, a young boy was shot dead in cold blood by a policeman. The town erupted in violent protests and all the gates except two were burnt down by the protesters. A few lives were also lost. So violent was the disorder that Bannu was placed under curfew – the first ever, they say, in its long history.

Railway Gate, Bannu in 2002

Bannu Pictures Images: View of Railway Gate, Bannu - Pics Photos of Bannu

Meryan Gate, BannuPhoto by m.i.toor.

Bannu Pictures: View of Meryan Gate, Bannu - Images, Pics, Photos of Bannu

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

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


Mandan Gate, Bannu 

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

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

Pictures of Bannu - Lakki Gate Mosque in Bannu - Images, Pics, Photos 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 Pics: Bannu Fort with a gun and flags - Pictures, Images , Photos of Bannu

Signboard at the Entrance of Bannu Cantt. Photo by zkbk86.

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

A Video of Bannu

Defunct Railway Station of Bannu. Bannu city was once connected to the main railway network by the Narrow Gauge line to Mari Indus which is 130 kilometres away. That journey took nine hours, whereas the journey by road took only 3 hours. Being a loss for the railway, this section was closed in the early 1990s. It is now a defunct railway station in shambles. Photo by Salman Rashid.

Pictures of Bannu: Defunct Railway Station of Bannu - Imagse, Photos 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 Photos: Some artifacts found at the archaeological site of Akra, Bannu - Pics, Photos 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 thewaseems.

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

Mandan Park. Photo by zkbk86.

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

Bannu Sports Complex. Photo by thewaseems.

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

Photos of Bannu: Qazi Mohib Hockey Stadium, Bannu. Photo by thewaseems.

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

Photos of Bannu: Bannu Museum

Bannu Pictures: Bannu Museum - Imagse, Photos of Bannu

Photos of Bannu: Open Air Salons in Bannu. Photo by m.i.toor.

Bannu Pictures: Barbers in Open Air Salons in Bannu city - Pics, Images and Photos of Bannu

A Horse Decorated by a Tonga Owner in Bannu

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

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

Bannu Pictures, Bannu Photos : Round building of Bannu Library - Images, pics, Photos of Bannu

District Library Bannu . Photo by S. Kashif Tabibani.

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

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

Pictures of Bannu, Bannu Photos: View of Tanchi Bazar, Bannu, Water Tank visible - Pics and Photos of Bannu

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

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

General Bus Stand, Bannu. Photo by thewaseems.

Bannu Photos, Bannu Pics: General Bus Stand, Bannu - Images and Photos of Bannu

Main Gate of Bannu Woolen Mills Ltd. Photo by zkbk86.

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

Gul Nawaz Hospital, Bannu. Photo by Sufian Hashmi.

Bannu Pics, Bannu Images: Elegant building of Gul Nawaz Hospital, Bannu - Photos 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 & Technology, Bannu - Photosof 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 Photos, Pictures of Bannu: Central Library University of Science & Technology, Bannu - Imagse, Photos of Bannu

Interior View of Central Library University of Science and Technology, Bannu. Photo contributed by Lt Col (R) Ilyas Mirza.

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

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

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

Government Post Graduate College, Bannu. Photo by zkbk86.

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

Photos of Bannu: Bannu Medical College. Photo by Hussain Ahmad Faizy.

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

Photos of Bannu: Government Degree College No. 2, Bannu. Photo by thewaseems.

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

Photos of Bannu: Akram Khan Durrani College, Bannu. Photo by M.Usman Khan.

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

Photos of Bannu: Army Public School and College, Bannu

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

Photos of Bannu: Governmentt College of Technology, Bannu. Photo by ismail ktk.

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

Photos 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, 1938 - Old Photos of Bannu

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

Bannu old Pics: Army vehicle passing on a small bridge between Bannu and Miran Shah, 1938 - Rare Photos of Bannu

Army Convoy Between Bannu and Kohat, May 1938 

Bannu Photos, Bannu Pics: Army Convoy at the road between Bannu and Kohat, 1938 - Photos of Bannu

Convoy at the Road Between Bannu and Kohat, May 1938 

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

Army Convoy on Bannu-Miran Shah Road, May 1938 

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

Photos of Bannu: Cattle Market, Outside the City Wall of Bannu

Bannu Rare Pics: Cattle Market, outside the city wall of Bannu - Old Images Photos of Bannu

Hawkers Selling Chittai, Matting, in Bannu Market 

Old Pictures of Bannu: Hawkers selling Matting in Bannu - Rare Photos of Bannu

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

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

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

Rare Pictures of Bannu : March Past by soldiers at Bannu Parade Ground, 1914 - Old Photos of Bannu

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.

Rare Images of Bannu: Hindu Sadhus sitting in the sun with fires round them, Bannu, 1913 - Old Photos of Bannu

Photos of Bannu: An Old Photo of Bannu Railway Station, 1913

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

 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

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.

Rare Bannu Pictures: Bannu Town in 1913 - Images, Photos of Bannu

Photos of Bannu: A Train at Bannu Railway Station

Rare Bannu Photos, Images, Pics - A Train at Bannu Railway Station - Old hotos of Bannu

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  1. Yar Muhammad Khan Niazi says:

    Wow, wow, wow!!!
    I live in Bannu outside Miryan Gate. I love to learn about my Bannu Gul.

    I’ve never seen such comments of love for any city in the world. It’s only for Bannu Gul. I’ve read all the comments from top to bottom and believe me I’m amazed of such affection from those whose forefathers were living here in Bannu & also from those who are still living in Bannu Gul. I once tried to collect information about my Bannu Gul to reproduce it in a book shape but unfortunately life is very busy. At the end I’m paying salute to all of you for your love with Bannu Gul.

  2. Satinder Mullick says:

    My father worked in MES from 1926 to 1939 in NWFP in Bannu from where he travelled to build roads . In those years, everyone knew him. My father’s name was Captain Ram N.Mullick–engineer degree from Banaras Engineering college in 1926. He was born in 1906 and died in 1956 in Delhi.
    In 1939, he joined Royal Engineers and was sent to Iraq. In 1941, he spent a year in Bannu and then was transferred to Lahore. But our ancestral home was in Bannu and my grandmother, aunts, uncles lived there in a big Haveli in New City called Nai Shehr, also named Sant Pura after my grandfather. My father built Santa Da Gurudwara, 5 minute walk from our house. A water Tank could be seen from main Road Tonchi or near Laki Gate. I used to see many pathans praying near an open ground towards Bannu Bazar.
    My father’s Pathan brother from MES took care of my extended family. He used to call my father-Bhrata. He helped my grandmother move to India in late November or December 1947.
    Can anyone find out from MES or from map if this gurudwara or house is still there?

    • Satinder Mullick says:

      Can someone help me?
      There was a new residential area where big Haveli’s were built around 1935-39. It was called Nai Shehr (New City), but it bordered Bannu. We also called it Santpura. What is the NEW NAME for this neighborhood?
      I am sure that someone in MES (Military Engineering Services) office in Bannu Cantonment would know it as their top officer‘s extended family lived there from 1938-47, although British Royal Engineers transferred him to Lahore in 1942.
      My father had an adopted younger brother, a pathan, who worked in MES. He took care of our house after 1947 after our family moved to India. This pathan was Number 2 senior in MES. I don’t remember his name. He was close to my father’s age (born 1906). His children must be knowing their father’s friend brother.
      Hope someone will forward it to MES, Bannu.
      By the way, the photos on this website are great. These roads and the bridges between Kohat and Peshawar were built by MES. MES also took care of Bannu Brigade housings needs. Bannu Brigade produced top leaders.
      Satinder Mullick, USA

      • Satinder Mullick says:

        This Nai Shehr was towards Lakki on one end and Bannu city on the other side. A large Water tank was visible, it supplied water to most.
        MES played a major role in connecting Bannu to other cities by road.
        Also Bannu Brigade produced top generals after British left.
        I think Gen Ayub Khan served in Bannu as Gen Cariappa also served there. Young officers were sent to Bannu Brigade who later served in 2nd World War.
        Please let me know the current name for this new neighborhood of 1940’s.

  3. Muhammad Azan Khan says:

    Love you Bannu . Meez de bani gul yeee

    • .
      Can someone help me?
      There was a new residential area where big Haveli’s were built around 1935-39. It was called Nai Shehr-New City/town,but it bordered Bannu.
      We also called it Santpura.
      What is the NEW NAME for this neighborhood?

      I am sure that someone in MES-Military Engineering Services office in Bannu in Bannu Cantonment would know it as their top officer ‘s extended family lived there from 1938-47 ,although British Royal Engineers transferred him to Lahore in 1942.
      My father had a adopted younger brother-a pathan-who worked in MES-he took care of our house after 1947 after extended family moved to India .
      So this pathan was #2 in MES. I don’t remember his name.He was close to my father’s age-born 1906— But his children must know their father’s friend brother.
      Hope someone will forward it to MES,Bannu.

      By the way,the photos on this website are great. Some show roads,bridges to Kohat and Peshawar built by MES. MES took care of Bannu Brigade housings needs.. Bannu Brigade produced top leaders.
      Satinder Mullick,USA

      • This Nai Shehr was towards Laki on one end and Bannu city on the other side. A large Water tank was visible-it supplied water to most. Your description is great.
        MES played a major role in connecting Bannu to other cities by road.
        Also Bannu Brigade produced top generals after British left.
        I think Ayub Khan served in Bannu as Cariappa. Young officers were sent to Bannu Brigade who later served in 2nd world war.

        Please let me know the current name for this new neighborhood of 1940’s ?

  4. Waleed Khan says:

    I am basically from Bannu, but brought up in Punjab. I am a student of Architecture and I was looking for some facts about the ‘Walled city of Bannu’ for research purposes. I hit this page and got carried away by the content and specially the people. Great job, guys.

    The walled city of Bannu is a cultural heritage site and must be conserved. I need to know if the Bannu’s walled city is documented by any Heritage Conservation NGO like AUQAF or UNESCO or any government organization. Help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Walked Khan: go to my blog to read some information about Bannu. Just yesterday I posted a story about a young student of Bannu, the Bannu culture, the walled city and activities of the peaople.
      This blog is secular and liberal in nature free from politics and religion. There are articles about spiritual and mental development such as prayer therapy and research studies on prayer but everything has been discussed from a scientific and secular perspective.
      I’m sure you would like the blog. I would appreciate your comments and feedback.

  5. Tarun Banga says:

    Hello all,
    I live in Faridabad, India. I was born in Faridabad but my father was born in Bannu in 1939 and we still speak the same language and follow the culture at home. Infact, Faridabad is known as Bannu of India because lot of people who migrated in 1947 are in Faridabad. My Father’s name is Sant Ram Banga s/o Late Sh Kishan Chand Banga.
    Long time back my father shared his wish that he wanted to visit his birth place before he dies and I want to take him to Bannu. He only remembers Moveshi Bazaar, Miriyan Gate, Bannu College (before 1947) were near to his home. Can anyone please suggest based on this information which part of Bannu I should stay so that I can search his home and he can see his birth place?
    Tarun Banga

    • Dear Tarun Banga,
      It is nice hearing from a Bannuwal with such affection which is quite normal from a loving people. It is ingrained in the blood of all those who ever remained here. And sure enough we the present generation honour our elders and the erstwhile loving neighbours. Our parents too have had pleasant memories of those times.
      I was born in 1948 and used to live in Mohalla Bhagat Singh inside Phoori Gate. Now my brother lives inside Hinjal Gate which is close to Miryan Gate. Moveshi Mandi is also not far since Bannu is a small city. You are most welcome to bring your family and visit your ancestors places. Bannu has great traditions of hospitality and it will be a pleasure receiving our old Bannuwals. Please convey my best regards to your father and the entire family.
      Muhammad Anwar Khan

      • Tarun Banga says:

        Muhammad Anwar Khan Sahab,
        Thank you very much for the detailed information. Truly said about Banuwals. Definitely I will plan a trip.
        Tarun Banga

        • Muhammad Azan Khan says:

          You should also come to Ghoriwala. ….we welcome you..
          Your are our bannuwal friend . …
          Love Bani gul.

      • Dear Mohammed Anwar Khan: go to my blog to read some information about Bannu. Just yesterday I posted a story about a young student of Bannu, the Bannu culture, the walled city and activities of the peaople.
        This blog is secular and liberal in nature free from politics and religion. There are articles about spiritual and mental development such as prayer therapy and research studies on prayer but everything has been discussed from a scientific and secular perspective.
        I’m sure you would like the blog. I would appreciate your comments and feedback.

  6. Ihsan ullah Khan says:

    Very great job done.

  7. Rafi Ullah Jaan says:

    I love you too much, Bannu Gull!

  8. I love Bannu because this land gave me opportunities to love humankind, get advanced education and respect every religious belief. Bannu is a true loving place for practicing true ISLAM.

  9. Aurang Zeb Khan says:

    Special thanks to Mr. Anwar Khan for uncovering the reach and rare traditions of Banni gul and carrying close all Bannu gul lovers on this site.

    • Dear Aurang Zeb Khan,
      It is nice reading your kind words of love for the unique Banigul. Interestingly this page is managed by a great anthropologist and historian Rashid Zia Cheema sahib who happens to be a close friend. We the Bannu people from the past, present and the future are highly indebted to Rashid sahib for reuniting us in time and space to our most loving roots.
      Warm regards.

  10. Dear Bannu Zais,
    Nice to see the valuable comments of various Bannu Zai scholars.
    I think we should appreciate the efforts of the web generator who provide us such a beautiful platform to interact with each other.
    I am also from Sokari and living near Muhallah Bhatia.
    The only home in original condition is the home of Kishnan Bhatia who was the elder/ chief of Bhatia family.
    I have latest photos of Bhatia house.
    If any one requires those photos, let me know via my e-mail

  11. AR Khalil says:

    Nice photos. My grandfather was also from Bannu, Dr. Islam Khan S/O Molana Abdul Latif PhD in law from Germany in 1950.

  12. I can’t say even a few words after reading the comments of Bannuains, Bannuzais, and Bannuiosi’s. I pray to all for their better and peaceful life.
    Further Bannu Gull is still Bannu Gull after decades, here traditions and hospitality still dance with the moisture of nature and creatures.

  13. Shakil Rehman Khan says:

    Bannu jahan hamaray bachpan ki yadain hain.

  14. Johar Khalil says:

    Very beautiful and useful pics collection.

  15. Ghulam Farid (Drilling Superviser) says:

    Vary well done work. Akra is near my home and I Have told all about this in my office.

  16. Bilal Habib says:

    We lived in Bannu from 1982 to 1992. My father was a Resident Engineer at Kurram Garhi Power Station. We had schooling in the Army Public school and then F.G. Public School. I remember in 1986 to 1990 when I was in Army Public School, the school was in an old Army barrack. There were 8 rooms and one big hall. The wife of Brigadier would come for prize distribution ceremony.
    We used to visit Baran Dam and No. 2 Power House quite often. It was a great time then. I still remember ‘shishpai’, a tradition where people would dance around a huge pile of fire especially on the Eid night. Aerial firing was normal.

  17. Lalit Mohan Kumar says:

    My Greetings to the residents of Bannu,
    This is the land of birth of my parents and grandparents. Proud to be a Bannuwal. We still retain our cultural heritage and speak the authentic dialect of this land. My father Dr. Puran Chand Kumar was a doctor at Bannu city. He had his schooling from Dayal Singh College Lahore and studied his medicine from Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana. My Paternal grandfather Chadhary Nihal Chand Kumar was a wealthy trader who did business of Chalgozas and Fabrics. My Maternal grandfather Rai Bhadhur Chaudhary Sunder Lal Chawla son of Rai Bhadhur Chaudhary Kishen Das Chawla was a wealthy landlord. Was always fascinated to hear the stories of riches . The stories narrated by them are still fresh in my memories. We feel a part and parcel of our origin. We could feel that Bannu could not be separated from their lives so much so that the present generation is deeply and strongly connected to this land.
    It’s great to know that each of us shares the same sentiments. My humble submission to all Bannuwals that let us keep our traditions and culture alive. Must maintain our honest, simple and straightforward nature. Let us be proud of being Sher-e- Bannuwal.

    • Dr. M. Rahman MBE says:

      Lalit Saheb,
      Thanks for your narrative. Would you like to give me your address in Bannu in case I can get you some pictures of your old house?

      • Deepak Dudeja says:

        My forefather also came from Bannu District. Our village is Paharkhel, Tehsil Lucky Marwat, Dist. Bannu. Could you send me some pics of Paharkhel Village? Thanks Rahman Sab. Ya, we maintain our honest, simple and straightforward nature.

  18. Rajinder Mendiratta, New Delhi, India says:

    I am proud to be a Bannuwal (Bannuwal is a term, used in India for the migrants from Bannu city/ district in Pakistan). I was born here in India, at Agra, in 1963, but, whenever asked, where I belong from, straight comes the reply, “We are from Bannu”.
    I have heard so much about the city from my father, Roshan Lal Mendiratta, now 85, he was born in Bannu in 1931. He studied at Bannu and still proudly shows me a family tree of my 6 generations from Bannu.
    I have been told, we were one of the few very affluent & influential families of Bannu. There was a Chowk named in Bannu, “Choudhary Das Shah Chowk” in the name of my great grandfather Choudhary Das Shah Mendiratta, during pre Partition Bannu. My grandfather Choudhary Ganpat Ram Mendiratta, imported and owned first two chevrolet cars in Bannu.
    To conclude, I can just say, I love Bannu, Long live Bannu and God bless and blessed are the people who are still living there.
    Ever given a chance, I would love to come, bow my head and kiss the land of Bannu, the land of my forefathers, a land where my roots belongs to.

    • Welcome Rajinder Mendiratta, you may come here we will arrange a visit to your home (Bannu).

      • Rajinder Mendiratta, New Delhi, India says:

        Thanks Saleem Bhai, I checked it late but your invitation was immediate, that’s love between us. The boundaries can’t keep us apart. I will come definitely, my email is:
        Please let me know youremail address and we will be in touch.

    • DR M Rahman MBE says:

      Rajinder bhai. If you would like to give me the address of your house in Bannu, I will send you some pictures of it.

    • M. Awais Khan says:

      Welcome Rajinder Mendiratta, you may come here we will arrange a visit to your home.

    • Munir Ali Shah says:

      Rajinder Mendiratta,
      Greetings and respect from Bannu.
      Yes, there is still a chowk in Bannu, but it is now called “Das ChowK”.
      The contribution of your forefathers is still evident is Bannu…Salute

    • Dear Rajinder: please go to my blog to read some information about Bannu. Just yesterday I posted a story about a young student of Bannu, the Bannu culture, the walled city and activities of the peaople.
      This blog is secular and liberal in nature free from politics and religion. There are articles about spiritual and mental development such as prayer therapy and research studies on prayer but everything has been discussed from a scientific and secular perspective.
      I’m sure you would like the blog. I would appreciate your comments and feedback.

  19. Arfat ullah says:

    I love Banni Gul.

  20. Pradeep Gandhi says:

    Thank you very much.I am Pradeep Gandhi from Alwar, Rajasthan , India.My grandfather was inhabitant of village Nangerkhel Tehsil LakkiMarwat District Bannu.If there’s were no divoration I play in the streets of that village.We ate happy here but remember our never seen village. I always search on the net for Bannu.One of my grandfather’s brother tells us about our house. My grandfather was a soldier in border force there. We pray to the almighty God for your prosperity , peace and progress. I am very happy to see the pictures of progress of our city.I want to say that besides different nationalities we ateconnected through a common history, culture and idealogy. God bless you.We are the brothers. No boundaries can break our brotherhood.Please write me . My email address Is

  21. Jahangir Khan says:

    For fun sake, let me ask you some questions, if you all know answers to some of these.

    What was the first historic name of Bannu?
    Why is Akra known as Akra?
    When was Akra burnt to ashes and then never rebuilt?
    Who was the first Muslim invader at Bannu?
    Which exact year the Bannuzais captured Bannu?
    Why Babar Massacred Bannuchis in 1505 AD?
    When did Bannu separate from Afghanistan and annexed to Punjab?
    Why did Malik Dilasa Khan of Daud Shah turn against the Sikhs?
    H.B. Edwardes was scared of whom that he strongly believed to attack his contingents at Bannu (and that is why he erected the Fort)?
    What name was given to the walled city of Bannu, by H.B. Edwardes?
    Who was the first Deputy Commissioner of Bannu?
    When was D I Khan separated from Bannu?
    When was Bannu rail-line initiated and completed?
    Who was the first elected person among Bannuchis who accessed to the provincial parliament in 1932 and earned distinction?
    Was Islam Bibi previously a Sikh or a Hindu?
    Who got the Pakistan Movement Medal in Bannu? Mention names of a few of them.

  22. Tariq Khan says:

    I love Bannu! My father Noor Ali Khan was a police officer and was also well known hockey player.

  23. Hello Freinds,
    I was born and raised in Bannu till the age of 13, it’s nice to see my city through these old historic pictures. I moved to USA in 1990. It’s been 26 years since I left the country but I always wanted to visi,t just never got the chance. I now live in Germany and have dual citizenship in both countries USA and Germany.
    I hope to visit Bannugull my village Bada Mir Abbas Khan is where my mom’s uncles are from, and Bazar Ahmed Khan is where my father’s family originated from.
    I really appreciate you sharing these memories through pictures. Thanks for giving us some nice memories back regarding our homeland Bannu gul!!!

  24. I was born and raised in Bannu, and it’s wonderful to see my city through these pictures. I hope some one would post more of them. Do they still play Aenda (a unique Bannuchi sport) in Bannu? Hope some one can answer this.

    • M. Javed Khan says:

      Dear Dave shah,
      Where you have settled now? Aenda is not popular sport in Bannu any more. The trend of the people has now shifted to cricket. Young generation is more interested in cricket rather than other traditional sport. Kabadi is another which is still played and popular in Bannu. Please sign into sons of Bannu page in Facebook, you will get more information regarding Bannu.

      • Dave Shah, Canada says:

        Wonderful Javed Khan: I am in Toronto, Canada. Good to hear from you. I visited Bannu in 2001. My stay over there was for only a few hours. I went around the bazaar, did some shopping, had my lunch with the vice principal of Pennell School, and left for Peshawar to reach Pindi. I regret so much now that why I didn’t stay there at least for one day. I could have seen my old buddies, most of them have moved to different towns.

        • Dearest Javed Khan & Dave Shah,
          It is so heart warming seeing Bannu sons sharing Bannu’s memories, joys and beauty. Bannu, the second oldest district of Pakistan, remains unique in its culture and traditions. De Baani mazdigar, delina, de gulone manny, de Marake Wresha, Chowk Bazor and all the happy people, Wah, der der salomina.
          Anwar Khan

          • Thank you Anwar Khan for running a good site.

          • Is Mareke Waresha still there? And what about Zar Wali’s Bannu Masala, the ice cream shop of Gulapi at Chowk Bazar, Mithu’s fried fish? I still remember two very old Ice factories outside Paretee Tamba. There were two cinemas: Regal and Saleem Theatre.
            Please do,post pictures of all the old places of Bannu.

          • Dr. Kash Prakash says:

            Dear People of Bannu,
            I was born in India and now live in USA. I am amazed at the love and affection of people in Bannu. Given a chance I will visit Bannu and meet its people.
            In spite of all politics and hierarchy, we all realize that we are brothers and sisters of Humanity. We are all One and we are all in this world together, come what may. Salam!!

  25. Saeed Ghani Shah says:

    Please, Share and get information regarding Bannu with us in the given below group

  26. Amir Zad Khan says:
  27. Patricia Sephton says:

    Some years ago I bought a tantalus as a present for my husband, beside other items it contains a small silver cup on which is engraved “Bannu Hot Weather Tournament 1914”.
    I had assumed it was an award for Polo as I had little idea of where Bannu is.
    I am amazed and pleased to have found this site with so much information and photos of the Army, 1914 and Hockey match which gives us more connection to this place in Pakistan. Thank you

  28. Muhammad Afzal says:

    Simply marvelous collection of facts & photos about my birthplace Bannu. We in local language call it Banigul.
    Let me inform you, the part of Bannu Fort photographed in this Post was a place from where Quaid-e-Azam addressed the people of area.

  29. Javed Khan says:

    My name is Engineer Javed Khan. Presently I am settled in Scotland. I was born in Bannu in early 1960s in Tehsil street Bannu. My family is originally from Mandan tribe. I have spent my early life in Bannu and later on my family moved to Karachi and then to Peshawar.
    Bannu which I remember was a small beautiful, planned and clean city. But it is really unfortunate to say that we have not preserved our old architect and rich cultural values. Today the total map of Bannu city is changed. The residential area is converting into commercial area without any planning. The traffic management of the city is in a very bad shape. There is no proper system for sewerage and storm water. The old system is either blocked or not working at all.
    The most unfortunate thing which happened with Bannu is brain drain. All well to do families have migrated to Peshawar and DI Khan.
    Bannu city was a multi-cultural society and the people had great regard for each other. But today all moral, ethical and cultural values have gone.

    • Agreed, Mr. Javed Khan! I am also from Mandan but still live there and a CSS officer. Of course an unplanned course of developments is very painful to me also.

      • Javed Khan says:

        The real problem of Bannu is unplanned development. The demand of urban space for commercial development due to unprecedented population growth has surpassed the planned supply delivered by planning agencies in 1900 era. As a corollary to that, conversion of residential land use into various types of commercial activities has sprung up particularly along major planned residential areas and arterial roads of Bannu city area. These conversions have proceeded, both with and without official consent, largely in a haphazard manner without following a coherent strategy. This has resulted in acute parking problems, reduction in traffic capacity of roads and resultant increase in congestion, energy use, air and noise pollution, and burden on utility services. Permitting conversion of residential land use in a haphazard manner seems not only a departure from planning principles but also jeopardizing the spatial structure of cities causing serious environmental repercussions.

    • Shah Khalid Shah (from Mamash Khel) says:

      Mr. Javed Khan,
      I am proud of you because you are living in Scotland and haven’t forgetten Bannugull.

  30. Abdullah Khan says:

    Well, Banni Gull!!

  31. Ahmed khan says:

    Can someone please take a picture of Ashiana Hotel Parady Gate Bannu and upload it here? It’s such a marvelous unique one of its kind ROMAN STYLE ARCHITECTURE IN BANNU.

  32. Dr. M. Rahman MBE of Sokari says:

    When I was a young boy reading is Islamia High School Bannu which later became Govt High School No. 2, we were a group of dear friends and school mates comprising ZIA UDDIN, SALAHUDDIN, TAREQI and myself. At the time, the pride of Pakistan was our national hockey hero HAMEEDI (brother of Salhuddin, Tareqi and Rasheed). We were all devoted fans of Hameed Lala and we all loved him. I have been trying to find any pictures of Hameed Lala or to get in touch with him. I understand that after his retirement from the Army, he now spends most of his time in Bannu. Is there any one- may be one of his cousins like TUTANI, FAROOQI, KHALEDI or indeed someone else who could let me have Hameed Lala’s pictures. I just want to keep some of his things as mementos which I shall cherish.

  33. It’s a great pleasure and I feel lucky that I saw this Post. 🙂 Bannu, actually a treasure of good and ancient civilization, and the people of this land are very hospitable. I also belong to Mandan, Distt Bannu. I have spent a few years of my childhood in Mandan which was a memorable and joyful time. My memories are renewed and I am feeling proud to be a part of this place.
    I love Banni Gul.

    • Thank you for loving the most beautiful Banigul, the city of the most loving people, having the sweetest dialect of Pashte ever. Proud of our hospitality, Painda aoe wresha. Wo de Baani kkshula mazdigar, wo Chok Bazor wo Gullone money. What a unique city and people in the world. The most happy people.

      • Sayed Tasadduq Hussain Gilani says:

        Dear Anwar khan Sahib,
        As you mentioned in your statement if I am not wrong you are from Pak Army and also served in Nadra. I have some briefing in respect of you by one of my friend Mr. Ashiq Saleem Butt living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
        I was also born in Bannu and belong to a GILANI family. My grandfather was also a doctor in Tehsil Bazaar and was called Pangzeen Doctor. If I am not wrong Afzal Khan former officer in Election Commission is your brother. I know him very well, he used to come to the residence of my grandmother in People Gali when he was associated with Dr. Aslam Sahib.
        Any way, thanks for recalling my memories.
        Sayed Tasadduq Hussain Gilani
        00966 502255420.

        • Dear Tasadduq Hussain Gilani Sahib,
          Assalam o Alaikum.
          It is nice hearing from Bannu people, the most lively and loving. Also nice hearing about Ashiq Salim Butt sahib, a great friend. I too know Peepal Galli and used to take my buffaloes for bathing in Wadi Wial where we used to swim along with our buffaloes. What beautiful times!!
          Afzal Khan is fine, Alhamdolillah and has become quite popular and an instant celebrity in Pakistan recently.
          You remaining close to Makkah, please do pray for us too whenever you happen to visit BaitAllah Sharif.
          Warm regards.

        • M Javed Khan says:

          Dear Tasaddduq Hussain Gillani,
          I do remember your father and grandfather who were practising medicine in Tehsil Street, Bannu. Your grandfather was like a angel who recited holy verses most of the time. He was very kind-hearted and has very nominal fees. I also remember your father Hadi bai and uncle Maqbol bai. Both were very noble persons. I used to sit on a bench of your shop and read newspaper. One of your brother Maqsud was my class fellow in Comprehensive School. I think you also studied in the same school and were member of hockey team who won inter school tournament at that time.
          Anyway, nice to see you on this forum and recalling my golden memories regarding Bannu and specially Tehsil Street.
          Engineer Javed Khan

  34. Om Prakash Lonial says:

    I was born in Bannu and still have nice memories about Chandni Chowk, Chowk Bazar, Sukadi Darwaza, New Kachei Darwaza, Old Kacheri Darwaza, Qasaba Darwaza, Paradi Darwaza, Cantt, Tanchi Bazar, et/c My memories have been renewed.

    • Dear Om Prakash Lonial,
      It is nice having read comments of a fellow Bannuchi, who belonged here. I was born in 1947/48. Used to live in Mohallah Bhagat Singh, inside Phoori Gate. Later moved to Mohallah Kewal Ram near Tanchi Bazar. In my childhood used to play in Garstan Park which used to be full of flowers. Sometimes we would also go to Chandni Chowk also known as Char Batti. The old Gates are no more there and much of the wall has vanished, however the remains are still there to see.
      I wonder if you remember Dr. Partool Chand. My father Dr. Aslam had purchased his shop when he departed. My father always remembered him with good words.
      Do you remember which place you lived in Bannu so that I can find it and send you the pictures of your house.
      Can you still speak Pushto or have forgotten?
      You are cordially invited to visit Bannu, we have the same old hospitality traditions and are proud of it.
      My warm regards.

      • Dr. M. Rahman MBE of Sokari says:

        Om saheb,
        Glad to learn that you are from Bannu originally. I am a pukka Banochi and would love to hear from you. It is probably appropriate here to tell you about an interesting event that happened to me. Some years ago on a visit to India, I was walking along the main Bazaar in Jaipur along with my family looking for some sun glasses for my son. We went into a large shop and asked the gentleman to show us some glasses. I think he got interested in my Urdu accent and asked where we came from. I told him that we are visiting from Pakistan. He got very excited and told me that he originally came from Pakistan too. I asked him from which town.
        He said, “Oh you wouldn’t know it because it is an unimportant place in Subah Sarhad”.
        I asked him to tell me any way; upon which he said that he came from Bannu. I pretended that I knew a little about the place and said, “Yes, I have heard of this place”.
        I then asked him if he lived any where near the big Tanchi, or near one of the many gates along the wall. I asked him if he remembered the Chawni, the fort, Polo Ground or Garsten Park and disclosed to him that I came from Bannu too.
        That poor gentleman got very emotional and started crying. He decided to close his shop well before his usual time and insisted that we were his guests and that we must send our driver away and that he was taking us to his house because his family members will kill him if he did not take us to meet them. We went with him to a very large and nice house where he arranged music, sang Pushto songs and we had a wonderful dinner.
        Isn’t this a small world Om saheb?

        • Dear Om Sahib and M. Rehmat Sahib: I would like to invite you to go to my blog to read some information about Bannu. Just yesterday I posted a story about a young student of Bannu, the Bannu culture, the walled city and activities of the peaople.

          This blog is secular and liberal in nature free from politics and religion. There are articles about spiritual and mental development such as prayer therapy and research studies on prayer but everything has been discussed from a scientific and secular perspective.
          I’m sure you would like the blog. I would appreciate your comments and feedback.

  35. SALAM to all my BANNA brothers. We say the name Bannu which is incorrect as I did research on it. Its correct name is BANNA. Some says it is derived from a woman named Bannu that’s all incorrect.

    Since the name BANNA also appears in the research done by one Japanese who also wrote its name as BANNA & also by one Muslim researcher long time ago. When Wazirs and Khattaks came, they spoke words ending with ‘i’ or ‘o’ therefore it was called Banni or Bannu but its real correct name is BANNA.

    Some people use incorrect history, I request them to study or ask their elders to find the correct great history of BANNA and most importantly about the brave, hospitable and ethnocentric people of this place.

    I am Proud to be Bannusi.


    • Dear Meiraj Muhammad Khan,
      Thanks for updating on Bannu’s correct name, BANNA. It is nice learning that Baanu people are well read and take due interest in research. It is all a great pleasure. Being from Bannu and also proud of Bannu, I feel happy on its progress.
      Warm regards.

    • Dr. M. Rahman of Sokari Karim Khan says:

      I absolutely agree. I think it is very important for one to display accuracy and to go to great lengths to assure authenticity so that those, who wish to study and know about a place or event, do not get mislead.
      Personally I come from Sokari. The name Sokari came from Sankrit spoken by Hindus and Budhists who lived there a long time before the Wazirs came. The real name was ShubhGarh – which means a happy or a blessed place. Like many other words in Banchi language, this also got distorted with use by the illiterate.
      There are a number of other words which we use that also came from Sanskrit. Examples are, OOSH meaning zahar. This is from Sanskrit VEESH, which also means poison. Grang (Nasal secretion) is GRING in Sanskrit and means DIRT. Something that becomes DAND on you- meaning that when you end up having to accept an unwanted commitment, it is from DHAND in Sanskrit which means hardship and punishment.
      A number of our Banochi Pushto words came from the days of the Raj which were mispronounced by the illiterate and later accepted into common use. If you travel by foot to Surani and reach the edge of river Kurrum, you will be at a place called KANJA WOOS. During the time of the English, any horse that got badly injured, was taken to this place and was shot with a pistol to its temple. Kanja Woos is a distorted version of – INJURED HORSE. The dish PUTEEN is from pudding. When someone has a very back abdominal pain, it is said that he has got LEEK. This is from the English word Colic.
      When you beat up someone badly, you make him GHARBEY JAN. this is from QALB-O=JAN.
      I have a number of other examples but for now this will do. Just to make my point.

      • My dearest Dr. M Rahman Sahib,
        Assalam o Alaikum.
        What a pleasure reading such knowledgeable information. Banigul, the most loving place in this part of the world is indeed unique in its character and beauty. The elders are most graceful and honoured while the youngsters jovial and talented. It sure will be great pleasure getting together sometime and sharing the feelings.
        Warm regards.

        • Dr. M Rahman MBE of Sokari says:

          Dear Anwar Khana.
          Salam Alaikum.
          A very great pleasure to learn that someone has actually read what I wrote.
          From my mother side, I am related to the village SURANI. The original name of this was actually- SHIV RANI named after the Hindu god SHIVA. In that area, there are other remnants of old Sanskrit name like Sadhu Zayee. We seem to be steeped in ancient history but I think we have just begun to merely scratch the surface. The important thing is to value our past. When I see the state of the GATES in the walled city of Bannu, it breaks my heart.
          I have travelled extensively throughout the world and have seen the ancient ruins of various civilisations from the Mayans to the Greeks to the Romans. It is wonderful to see how much effort others have put into preserving their ancient relics. Hindus of course preserve their temples and other places because of religious importance- Lord Shiva is still their God and among other things, is associated with fertility. You have no doubt heard of Shiv Lingham (Literal translation of Lingham is PENIS).
          We humans have always sought explanation for what we see and observe. The ancient man must have been terrified when he observed the thunder, lightening, storms and floods and their effects. It is understandable for one to think at that time that some super power is responsible for these and to protect themselves from the bad effects of these, it was natural for them to try and keep this super power happy.
          The Greeks and Romans had a God for every thing and they went to great lengths to appease them. They used to sacrifice perfectly formed animals in the name of a particular God whose likes and dislikes were considered. The bigger the favour they expected, the bigger the sacrifice- hence the term HEKATOMB which means sacrifice of a 100 bulls. In fact, no animal was ever killed simply because they needed meat. Every animal oil was a sacrifice to some God or the Other, they would burn the homes so that the God could enjoy the smell and then they would distribute the meat among themselves.
          As Muslims, we are of course protected from this kind of idiocy by our Divine guidance which says that MEAT FROM ANY ANIMAL WHICH HAS BEEN SACRIFICED IN THE NAME OF ANY OTHER GOD BUT ALLAH, IS HARAM AND WE MUST NOT CONSUME IT.
          Some more at a later date.
          Khuda Hafiz

          • Dear Dr. M Rahman MBE,
            Assalam o Alaikum.
            Thanks for the highly enlightening and informative comment. You sure are a very interesting personality and highly knowledgeable at that. I will be looking forward to more comments and whenever possible meeting in person.
            Warm regards.

            • Dr. M. Rahman MBE of Sokari says:

              Dear Anwar Khan,
              Thanks awfully. I shall indeed look forward to an opportunity of meeting you in person. I am glad you are interested in religious matters. Coincidentally, I was a witness to an interesting discussion which was going hotly when I arrived and feel that it may be of interest to you particularly as I ended up mediating between a very learned mullah and another person. The mullah was very proudly and I thought rather patronisingly advising others that as Muslims they should not imbibe alcohol at any time as it is haram. Even smelling and inhaling it is haram.
              A person in the audience said to the Mullah that in uSra ALBAQARA, God says to our prophet, “They will ask about alcohol and gambling. Tell them in alcohol there are benefits for mankind but also great disadvantages”.
              The person was asking that why should a person not drink to get the benefits. Unfortunately, the Mullah was a little out of depth on this and was not able to give a decisive answer. I found this rather irritating and offered to proffer an explanation which the Mullah acknowledged later as the best he has ever heard from any one or read in a book. Thought you might like to know.
              I said that Mullah saheb. Let me first explain that in the Ayat it does not say that “they will ask you about drinking alcohol”. It merely says that they will ask about alcohol.
              Now let me tell you the benefits too. First of all, there are two types of Alcohol Ethyle Alcohol and Methyle Alcohol. The Methyl Alcohol is a serious poison and will make you blind or kill you. What people drink in their wine, whisky and beer is in fact Ethyle Alcohol. The petrol which you put in your car, is pure ethyl alcohol (I do not need to give you a list of its benefits here).
              God advises us to be clean and free from germs and dirt (To be Pak, have Ghusal, and do Vazoo). Ethyle Alcohol is a cleanser, a solvent and a strong antiseptic (you have a medical background so you should know this). These are the benefits which God Almighty is referring to and not to any benefits of drinking it.
              You smell petrol meaning, you are inhaling it. You smell an antiseptic by inhaling it. In Islam the most important thing is something called -NIYYAT- If it is your niyyat to get intoxicated by it, then it is haram. Finally Alcohol means something that obscures, something that shrouds. It is your senses that alcohol shrouds.
              I expect the Mullah saheb feels suitably enlightened and hope that you find this interesting too.

              • D.r M. Rahman Sahib,
                What a pleasure receiving some useful information in the last quarter of life, and also getting to know a knowledgeable gentleman. The narration indeed was quite interesting and I am happy that it was received positively by the Moulana Sahib.
                My cell no is 03315564473 .
                Warm regards.

                • Dr. Rahman of Sokari Karim Khan says:

                  Thanks for entrusting you private number to me. I am out of Bannu, infact out of the country. Would certainly be in touch when I am in the vicinity next.
                  I often emphasize that in Islam, NIYYAT (Intention) is an important thing. If you are carrying a loaded gun and accidentally trip and fall discharging the gun in the process; if someone gets hit by the stray bullet, you have not committed a crime and in Islam, you are not a QAATIL. It was never your intention or Niyyat to hurt anyone. If you need to take medicine for an ailment and if contains alcohol, you are free to take it as it is not your intention to take it for the alcohol content. Inhaling petrol because it is in the atmosphere of the petrol pump while you are filling up your car “with pure alcohol” is not haraam.
                  You have heard recently that in the UK, a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet was prevented from issuing hand wipes to Muslims as it contained alcohol as a cleanser and as an antiseptic. How absurd is this? God permits you to utilize this kind of benefits that alcohol brings- it is not your intention to use it for any other purpose than it is intended for. What do you think?

                • Rakesh Bhatia 'Gandhi' says:

                  Just surfing on the net I happened to hit this Post about BANNU.
                  The name echoes even in the subconscious mind as something very known, more like some place …. very own… The utopia….the motherland of my forefathers .. the land of Bannuwaals…the land of which we heard beautiful tales in our childhood. Heard and felt from the hearts of the natives……our last two generations.. my grandfather, grandmother, bua, chacha, taaya, father, grand aunts, aunts …..and all those simple hearted, tall, handsome fair, strong, folks and the lovely mesmerizing motherly women born with the blood bones and flesh made from the zarkhaiz mitti of the pious land and the the amrit of dariya Kurram.

                  I am a proud Indian…..born two decades after the sad Partition of this old an d wonderful nation….but also a proud pedigree Bannuwaal .. ….
                  I am dedicating a few lines to the pains of those who left their everything and dreams in this walled city:

                  jin say hum choot gaye,
                  abb woh jahaan kaisey hain,
                  shaakh-e-gul kaisey hain……
                  khushboo-e-makaan kaisey hain?

                  aye sabaa…. tuu to
                  wahan say bhi guzarti hogi,
                  Jaa ke dekho……..merey
                  pairon kay nishaan kaisey hain?

                  • DR M Rahman MBE says:

                    How wonderful to hear you say such nice things and for it to be so nicely put is verse.
                    In Bannu city just by the Chandni Chowk ( also referred to CHAR BIJLI) there is a street called BHATIA STREET. I expect this is named after your ancestors. I know some people who actually live there.

                    • Engr Abdul Wadood says:

                      Dear M. Rahman,
                      Pleasure to read all of your comments and indeed it is very informative and enhanced my knowledge about the ancient city Bannu. A part of Bannu main city, it would be very beneficial for me if you enlighten about Essa Khel the old Tehsil of Bannu. it is a matter of interest for me because my fore fathers were from Essa Khel migerated. they were Essa Khelvis, Niazai and Lodhi’s. Please if you have some information regarding the Essa Khel tribe (particularly) since 1800. Some known personalities so that I meet them personally.
                      Looking forward for your reply, thanks.

                  • Dear Rakesh,
                    I am living near your native town in Bannuu which is known as Muhallah Bhatia.
                    Previously I posted the recent photos of Bhatia Sahab house, it belonged to Krishnan Bhatia who was the elder and chief of Bhatia Family (As told by my father).
                    In this muhallah, there are some 200 houses of Bhatia families but now only one is there in original shape.
                    I can send you those photos if you require.

  36. Amazing Bannu….I love Bannu!!

  37. Thanks for your love with BANNU gul.

  38. Sadiq Ullah Khan says:

    Really, it is very good collection of the pics of Bannu.

  39. Taimur Khan Shikari says:

    Very nice collection of photos. Good work!!

  40. Gul Imtiaz says:

    Good efforts have been made to introduce by photography the Bannu District to the youth and the keen persons who are unaware of Bannu’s history.

  41. Zamzami, Malaysia says:

    I am from Malaysia. During 1995-97, I stayed in Chack Dadan, Bannu to study at Anwar-ul-Uloom, Chak Dadan. I have nice memories of Bannu and love this city.

  42. Syed Mohsin Shah, Commissioner Bannu Division says:

    An outstanding research work depicting historical and cultural aspects of Bannu.

  43. Khalid Mahmood says:

    this is really nice work, i really appreciate this, keep it up

  44. Fatima Hayat says:

    This is really a very awesome collection of pics, especially a century old pics of Bannu city. It is an amazing job. It is a great treasure for us. All of us should promote our own cultures and traditions of our homeland, as Bannu has treasure of ancient civilization. We must protect all that stuff.
    I want to share some of the pics on Facebook with my friends to see our great Bannu.
    Best wishes for my native city Bannu,regards.

  45. 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”.

  46. Shahrukh Khan says:

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

  47. 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.

    • Dr. M Rahman MBE of Sokari says:

      Anwar Khan Saheb.
      Are you the same Anwar khan of Bannu whose brothers are BASHEER, ZAHOOR, NISAR, ZIAUDDIN, SAADUDDIN?

      • AoA.
        I do know Anwar-ud-Din Sahib too. His younger brother Ghias-ud-Din was my class fellow. I am son of Dr. Aslam Khan (late), Tanchi Bazaar Bannu, well known for his social work and in literary circles. We had our own Newspaper, The Weekly “Hilali Nou Bannu”.

        • Dr. M Rahman of Sokari Karim Khan says:

          I remember your father and can still picture him in my mind. I remember him as an ever smiling person, soft spoken and always very polite- God bless him.

          I somehow knew that that you had a journalistic talent; may be because the way you construct your sentences. Always a pleasure to read you. I am of course the same Rahman as above. You no doubt know what the suffix MBE after my name means. This is because Her Majesty the Queen invested me as Member of the Order of British Empire. Banuchis are not bad (NAHEEN IQBAL NA UMMEED APNAY DASHT-E- WIRAAN SAY, ZARA NUM HO, TO YEH MITTEE BARI ZAR KHEZ HEY SAQI).

          • My dear Dr. M. Rahman Sahib,
            I am very pleased to learn the Honour bestowed upon a fellow Banigul brother by the Queen. You actually have honoured all Pakistanis and Pakistan is sure proud of you. Few get such opportunities where their talent is observed and recognized. This certainly is not possible without the blessings of Allah. Heartiest congratulations for all that you have achieved, and I pray that Allah continue His blessings, always.
            Will it be OK to ask you about your specializations and where are you working? Some information may need discretion, so my email address can be used.
            Warm regards.

  48. Aheen Laibaa says:

    I like Bannu!!

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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!!!

  52. Adil Rahim Wazir says:

    Long live Bannu!!!

  53. Riyan Rasheed says:

    I love Bannu.

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