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.
Katlang village cries for help
I AM a resident of a somewhat remote Katlang village of Mardan district. The poor and illiterate families here are in miserable conditions which prompted me to take advantage of the Benazir Income Support Programme for these poor people.
The idea behind the scheme may be based on honesty and theory, for things do not seem to be practical.
People do not know the procedure and how to enroll themselves for this scheme to get the money the government has allocated for the poor people.
However, no government officials, including those who raise the slogan of bread and butter at people’s doorsteps, have surveyed the conditions in which these people live.
Some families voted in favour of the PPP’s Abdul Akbar and Khanzada Khan in the 2008 election but they are being neglected by their own leaders. Katlang is regarded as a stronghold of the PPP’s MPA Abdul Akbar but such neglect of his constituency
and his voters will certainly not enable him to get votes next time.
Despair is spreading fast among these poor people as they are ignorant of the political situation and political tricks. Is this the democracy these people dreamt of?
To me the solution to Pakistan’s prosperity and long-term development does not involve the so-called slogans of democracy.
In fact, people at least want to live like humans.
I request the government, MNA Khanzada Khan and the authorities concerned of the Benazir Income Support Programme to survey Babuzai Katlang where most families are waiting for their turn.
They are waiting for the government to provide them relief in the form of monthly payments to make them self-sufficient.
MUHAMMAD FAIQ ALI