Mardan District

Mardan District

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Mardan is a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The city of Mardan is the headquarters of the district. The district also contains the famous archaeological site of Takht Bhai, Jamal Ghari and Sawal Dher.

Administration

The district of Mardan is administratively subdivided into three tehsils, these are:

The district is represented in the provincial assembly by eight elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:

  • PF-23 (Mardan-1)
  • PF-24 (Mardan-2)
  • PF-25 (Mardan-3)
  • PF-26 (Mardan-4)
  • PF-27 (Mardan-5)
  • PF-28 (Mardan-6)
  • PF-29 (Mardan-7)
  • PF-30 (Mardan-8)


History

Ancient History

Mardan District is a part of the Peshawar valley the whole area was once part of the ancient kingdom of Gandhara, the remains of which are scattered throughout the district.

The armies of Alexander the Great reached the Indus Valley by two separate routes, one through the Khyber Pass and the other led by Alexander himself through Kunar, Bajaur, Swat, and Buner in 326 BCE. After Alexander's death, the valley came under the rule of Chandragupta, who ruled the valley from 297 to 321 BCE. During the reign of the Buddhist emperor Ashoka (the grandson of Chandragupta) Buddhism became the religion of the Peshawar Valley. The valley saw the revival of Brahmanism after the Greeks took over in the time of King Mehanda. The Scythians and Indians followed and retained control of the valley till the 7th...
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