Like Kohat, Bannu is mainly an administrative headquarters, army garrison and junction on the Peshawar to Quetta road. In the 1840s the Sikhs, unable to conquer the feisty Bannuchis outright, periodically plundered the countryside. Sir Herbert Edwardes, then a 29-year-old British ‘adviser’ to the Sikhs, so successfully won the Bannuchis’ trust that he persuaded them to submit to the Sikhs, and later to join in defeating them. For some time the town was called Edwardesabad.
There are lots of guns in evidence, and sometimes gunfire. The police will insist you register with them if you stay the night – or just put you on the next bus out of town. They are located in the kucheri (law courts) area.