When the Yousufzai State of Swat was consolidated on firm footings and its borders were secured, the threats from the neighboring states of Dir and Amb were now dark memories of the past.
The reigns of power were handed over the Miangul Jahanzeb and he worked day and night for the development of the state. then some well wishers advised the Ruler that the bulky force of the a ten thousand plus strength might be dissolved to release the pressure on the State treasury. Wali Sahib did not agree to the proposal of austerity at the cost of turning such a huge number of state citizens jobless. He said it was the state duty to provide employment to its citizens. Notwithstanding the burden on the meager financial resources, he kept the force intact.
He turned the army into a labour force with guaranteed emoluments. They were put to construction of new roads, bridges and river training works. So the road beyond Bahrain to Kalam, Shangla Top to Chakesar and Derai Puran roads were constructed through the State force.
The encampments of the forces were provided food on the site of work. This job was awarded to a firm through competitive tenders. Whenever the soldiers worked, the contractor deployed his cooking staff there with edibles.
For masonry works, skilled hands were hired on daily wages. As each commanding officer had an educated clerk in his battalion, he prepared a muster roll of the working masons, carpenters and blacksmith etc, employed on the projects. After every fifteen (15) days, these muster Rolls were submitted and the cash collected by the Clerk or Merza from the treasury of the state, after signing by the Ruler himself.
So all was going smoothly to the satisfaction of all concerned. Each soldier and all the ranks had to work 30 days per year in term of 10 days each. And for the rest 11 months , he was free to live with his family at home and work on his fields or his shop etc, without any restriction from the state.
Dear readers, that was the glimpse of a welfare state, a benign Ruler and loyal subject. Now it is all over and a story of the past.