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The Mandanr (also spelt Mandanh, Mandar and Mandan) are a Pashtun tribe of the Indian subcontinent. 'Mandanr' is one of the Sub tribes(Thappa in Pukhtho) of Yousafzai's.


Chamla has been historically the locale of the Mandanr tribe. Mandanr are the largest group in the Swabi, Buner, and Mardan Districts.[1] Buner District is to the north, Swabi District to the south, and Mardan District is to the west. The population is distributed as follows:

  • Swabi: 1.2 million
  • Mardan (Mandanr): 1.5 million
  • Buner (Khudukhel): 0.2 million
  • Karachi: 0.3 million
  • Other cities (international): 0.3 million
  • Total: 3.5 million

The Mandanr are organized into subdivisions. Mardan is inhabited largely by two sub-tribes of the Mandanr, the Kamalzai and Amazai. Kamalzais are further divided into two main branches: Masharanzai, near the towns of Toru and Kashranzai, and chiefly in the town of Mardan.Some of the Khels(Branches of Kasharanzai) include Skander Khel, Degan Khel, Sadi Khel, BaraKhan Khel, Bahdar Khel, Mahmood Khel, Bay Khel, and Rustam Khel. Amazais are divided into two main branches, the Doulatzai and Ismialzai.

Traditional sport[edit]

In the past, archery was used in warfare, but with the advent of modern warfare, archery has been relegated to the game of ‘Mukha’. The slingshot, called ‘Leenda’ in the local dialect, is also used in Mukha, and is made from the horns of the ‘Markhor’ – a wild goat found in the forests and forested mountains. The horn of a single ‘Markhor’ is enough to make just one slingshot.

Famous people[edit]

See also[edit]

  • LT COL Rt Taimur Malik (Hoti Mardan)
  • Nazib khan of Mayar
  • Noor Muhammad Khan of Mayar (ex Minister of Health kpk)