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The Mandanr, Mandar, or Mandan are a Pashtun tribe, the children of Mand who was the son of Umar baba. Umar Baba was the brother of Yousaf, who left the tribe and moved from Kandahar to Hassan Abdal. An Arab Quraysh family in Hassan Abdal give his daughter in marriage to young Omar. Omar had a son from an Arab girl which they named Mandanr. When Mandanr was one year old, Omar Baba died. Upon hearing the news of his death, Yusuf left Kandahar and went to Hassan Abdal. He took his sister-in-law to Kandahar. According to the Pakhtun tradition, he married the widow of Umar Baba and when Mandanr was young, he gave his daughter in marriage to Mandanr. That is why Yousafzai and Mandanr tribe are making it a sub tribe of Yousafzai. Mandanr had four sons.1- Mano, 2-Razar, 3-Khizar and 4-Mehmood.


In Pakistan the people of this tribe live mostly in the Mardan district , Dir Lower and Swabi district, with a considerable population in the Buner and Charsadda districts and Saidu Sharif, Mingaora and Kabal in Swat. The Mandanrs were a warrior tribe who revolted throughout the Mughals tenure in Afghanistan and India and are famous for leading the Pashtun rebellions during this time. [ citation needed ]


Chamla has been historically the locale of the Mandanr tribe. Mandanr are the largest group in the Swabi, Dir , Buner, and Mardan Districts, with large numbers almost entirely the Manezais living in Saidu Sharif, Mingaora and Kabal cities of Swat district . [1] Buner District is to the north, Swabi District to the south, Dir District and Mardan District is to the west. The population is distributed as follows:

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 and Manezai in Swat. Some of the Khels(Branches of Kasharanzai) include Skander Khel(Rawanikhel)(taji khel), Degan Khel, Sadi Khel, BaraKhan Khel, Bahdar Khel, Bat Khel, BAMO KHEL, Mahmood Khel, Bhai Khel (also called Bay Khel) Mohammad Khel, Sheri Khel and Rustam Khel. Amazais are divided into two main branches, the Doulatzai and Ismialzai. The Razar occupy Swabi and the tehsil Razar. They're further divided into the Khizarzai, Mahmood or Mamuzai, Manuzai and Razzar. [ citation needed ]

Traditional sport

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. [ citation needed ]

Notable people

Well renowned political personalities from Kabal Swat.

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