There are some beautiful museums in the world which attract millions of visitors. The region of Mardan is rich in culture and especially Gandhara remains are matchless. The people of Mardan had the idea of a museum for a long time and they were keen to preserve the heritage. For this reason they formed National Heritage Preservation Societies in the past. Ultimately with the interest of the local Government Officials and the then commissioner of Mardan, Mr R N Sahibzada, the proposal of building a museum in Mardan was made in 1990. The museum was opened in April1991.
The original name is Takht-i-Bahi. This town is situated 15 km from Mardan on Swat Malakand road. In 1908/9 the ancient Buddhist history was discovered in the mountains. Large numbers of buildings look beautiful on top of the mountains.
Unfortunately the possessions of the houses and buildings have been taken away illegally and maybe decorating some famous buildings in the rest of the world. The population is expanding and new houses are approaching the site. If ignored for a few more years, the tourist and historic attractions will disappear.
Cultural heritage has a great historical significance. It represents the taste and theme of the time. The Guides Memorial Mardan also has a very relevant historical importance. It was built by the British in 1892 in memory of their soldiers who sacrificed their lives in defence of Queen’s Residency in Kabul on September 23rd 1879.This historical memorial was built in the centre of Mardan city.
There is no other sport more popular in Mardan than cricket. And there is no doubt that Mardan has produced some of the best cricketers in the country. Younas Khan is currently included in the top ten batsmen of the world. His highest score of 267 not out will be remembered for a long time.
But what is happening to the development of cricket in Mardan? The population of the district is approaching 2 millions. The kids want to play cricket. And they play it in the streets. But the young talent is wasted. And the majority of good cricketers play for other districts like Abbottabad, Peshawar etc.
Despite the love for cricket there is no world standard cricket stadium in Mardan. In the past the PCB Chairman Sheharyar Khan visited Mardan and made some promises but to no avail. The current PCB chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf, owes to the people of Mardan as his wife comes from Mardan. There are great expectations from him to take some solid steps to develop cricket in Mardan. The PCB is a rich organisation and is planning to build 29 new cricket stadiums throughout the country. Mardan deserves one world class stadium so the talent is not wasted. There will be some entertainment for the crowd. And more importantly the youth will be kept busy in healthy activities. A much needed demand of today’s challenging world.