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Guides Memorial, Mardan
|• Commissioner||Kifaiat Ullah Khan.|
|• Deputy InspeIctor General Police||Nasir Khan Durrani.|
|• MNA, Mardan I||Haider Khan Hoti.|
|• MNA, Mardan II||Ali Muhammad khan.|
|• Total||632 km2 (244 sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Calling code||+92 937|
Mardan (Urdu: مردان) is a city and headquarters of Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. The name Mardan was given to a small area after the name of Pir Mardan Shah, a prominent religious figure. Gradually, a large surrounding area came to be known as Mardan. The area constituting Mardan district is part of Peshawar valley, which first appears in history as part of Gandhara Kingdom. Until 1937, Mardan district was a part of Peshawar district. In 1937, Mardan was set up as an independent district after the name of its headquarter's town. Mardan is the 19th largest city of Pakistan. It is the de facto headquarters of the Yousafzai tribe, although a significant number of Momands have settled there over the past years. It is the second most populous city in the province, located in the south west of the district at 34°12'0N 72°1'60E and an altitude of 283 metres (928 ft).
The villages are divided into Kandis have congested house. Each kandi is further occupied by sub-section. The divisions of Kandis are on the pattern of agricultural lands. Their houses are generally consists of two or three rooms and a court-yard turned as ghollai and varandah. The cattle and poultry are also accommodated beside the family home.
Each Kandi of the village has its own mosque and its own Maulvi and a place of meeting or for public assembly called Hujra. In most cases it is the property of elders of the Kandi; who are expected to feed and give shelter to visitors/travelers. These Hujras are commonly used for the settlement of public disputes/business during public meetings. Residents of Kandi assemble there to smoke, hear news of the day and discuss their problems and politics. In recent times people working abroad have accumulated sufficient wealth which has brought a distinct change in the life of the villagers who now often construct studier houses than before.
A Tandoor (Oven) is also found for baking bread in many houses and sometimes many women assemble at one Tandoor (Oven) to bake communally. Often local houses have huge compound walls around with gates. Chairs and tables are used in the houses of well-to-do persons whereas others use the ordinary cot (Charpoy).