Location and Area
With a total area of 745 square kilometers, Bannu District lies to the east of this region, whereas district Karak and FR Lakki Marwat to its north, North Waziristan Agency to its west and South Waziristan Agency to its south.
FR Bannu is part of the Bannu basin with semi-arid climate and an average rainfall of 30. 5 to 35.5 cm. Kurram and Tochi-Gambila Rivers drain the area (http://www.cabi.org/). The region is mostly hilly with heights ranging from 450 to 1,216 meters and with the highest peak (1,216), located to the south of Walai. The important mountain range of the area, locally known as Kharaghora, has an average height of 850 meters. (Source: http://waziristanhills.com)
The weather of the region is extreme with hot summers and cold winters. Summer season starts in April and continues till October. June, July and August are the hottest months. Winter season starts in November and lasts till March. December, January and February are the coldest months. During the summer time, majority of the population migrates to the hills of Shawal and Birmal in North and South Waziristan Agencies.
According to the available statistics, the irrigated area of FR Bannu in 2007-08 was about 4,045 hectares. Most of the area is rain-fed and the main sources of irrigation are the Marwat Canal and the Kurram and Tochi Rivers (Director Agriculture Statistics, Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). The Forest Area in 2007- 2008 was 6.43% of the total area. (Source: Forest Conservator, Civil Secretariat FATA)
The main villages of FR Bannu are Upper Bakakhel, Kotka Khaliq Nawaz, Malik Morad Bakakhel and Malik Qasim Junai Bakakhel.