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. 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.

  2. 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,
        Assalamoalikum.
        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
        Riyadh, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
        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.

  3. 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,
        Namestey.
        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?

  4. 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.

    A BANNI MAZDIGAR!!

    • 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.
              Salam.

              • 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?
                  Regards,

  5. Amazing Bannu….I love Bannu!!

  6. Thanks for your love with BANNU gul.

  7. Sadiq Ullah Khan says:

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

  8. Taimur Khan Shikari says:

    Very nice collection of photos. Good work!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Syed Mohsin Shah, Commissioner Bannu Division says:

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

  12. Khalid Mahmood says:

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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”.

  15. Shahrukh Khan says:

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

  16. 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. anwarkhan07@gmail.com
            Warm regards.

  17. Aheen Laibaa says:

    I like Bannu!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!!

  21. Adil Rahim Wazir says:

    Long live Bannu!!!

  22. Riyan Rasheed says:

    I love Bannu.

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