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.
Meem Ray Shafaq
Known more commonly as Meem Ray Shafaq, short for Mushtaq-ur-Rahman. He was born on the 1st of July 1946 and comes from a literary family in Toru.
He worked as a Pushto language translator in Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Islamabad. From time to time he used to read Pushto news on the radio. His voice is very clear, attractive and just right for reading the news.
He got involved with poetry in young age. His elder brother is Israr da Toru and it looks as they were having a poetry competition in their house after school time.
He is very keen to see the progression and development of Pushto language. For Urdu speaking people he wrote a book about how to learn Pushto. This is called Pushto Urdu Bol Chal. His other Pushto books are: Da Reekhteen khabarey Qalandar Momand aw Shakhsiat Spogmay (award winning)
Currently he is the Chairman of Pashto Adabi Society Islamabad and intends to publish more books in the near future