MARDAN: The three-day Jashn-e-Mardan festival kicked off in Mardan on Friday which will continue till tomorrow (Sunday).

A ceremony in this regard was organised at Mardan Sports Complex where District Nazim Ihtesham Khan, Naib Nazim Asad Kashmiri and Deputy Commissioner Abid Wazir inaugurated the festival.

The deputy commissioner said on the occasion that the district administration and government are making efforts for providing more sports and recreational facilities to the people to ensure peaceful and healthy environment. He said stalls have also been installed for women to provide them facility come out of their homes to do shopping in a safe and secure environment.

Abid Wazir said Mardan has a historic significance and its people have played important roles in every walk of life. He said visitors from Punjab, Sindh and other areas will also participate in the festival. He said all the arrangements have been finalised for the festival to facilitate the visitors and make it enjoyable for them.

On first day of Jashn-e-Mardan, competitions were held in makha, tug-of-war, judo karate, gymnastics and kabaddi. The schoolchildren performed PT show, national anthem, national songs, while the FC personnel performed traditional Khattak and Mehsud dance and received applause from the audience.

In the tug-of-war competition, Mardan Colours defeated Mardan White to win the title. In the makha final, Guli Bali of Babuzai defeated Siddiq Alam of Shamozai to win the trophy, while in kabaddi, Shergarh defeated Mardan to win the title.

District Nazim Ihtesham Khan said on the occasion that the people of Mardan have showed to the world that they are peace-loving and talented. He said steps have been taken to promote local sports.

Naib Nazim Asad Ali said the purpose of the festival was to promote the culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, particularly Mardan. He said cultural sports events were organised at the festival to give people awareness about culture of Mardan. He said several stalls have also been set up for this purpose.

The festival also has many other attractions for the visitors like tent pegging, bull race, dog race, magic show, Neelam Ghar, fun land and Meena Bazaar. Famous Pashto singers Irfan Kamal, Raees Bacha, Bakhtiar Khattak, Khalid Malik, Ranra, Gul Sanga, Sobia Kaif, Sehrish and Farah will also present their lovely songs for the audience from evening till night during the three-day festival. Besides that, renowned actors and comedians Mirawas, Said Rehman Shino and Ismail Shahid will also perform in the festival.

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