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JAHANZEB BATTALION

Jahanzeb Battalion

Wadudia High School Saidu Sharif has been a witness to many achievements during the state period. It has matchless records in co curricular activities in local and national level specially its military platoon has always been there on the victory stand. This platoon was name ‘Jahanzeb Troops’. A group photo given on page 301 of ‘Urooj-e-Afghan’ published in 1940, shows the group with incharge staff. This book was authored by the famous Khan and Masheer of the State, Taj Muhammad Khan Zeb Sar. This book is in Pashto poetry covering up to 400 pages with another supplement of 100 plus pages. When I was in the Wadudia High School in the late 1950s, this troop had seen many changes in uniform, training and leaders, but the overall performance was still glorious as before. The name of the troops was now Jahanzeb Battalion. The members of the team were being selected very carefully from the upper class with specific stress on character and physical fitness with good looks. So most belonged to the sons of state officials and Khans, but some boys from the common lots were also recruited.

Returning from victory in National competitions, they were presented with trophies to the Ruler of Swat, in State Secretariat. Wali Sahib met them and going through the lines,  asked every boy his name and his father’s name. Most of the boys replied that he is either the son of an officer in State force or a Masheer or Wazir etc.

Once , in this routine ceremony, Wali Sahib asked from  a boy about his name and his father. He replied, “My name is Shah Bakht Rawan and I am the son of a poor Painda Gul.” Wali Sahib laughed at this extempore reply of the boy and asked him if he wanted to join a job in the state or to continue his studies. The boy opted for service. So he was included as soldier in the elite Machine Gun force, reserved only for the high families. Shah Bakht Rawan was my class fellow and lived in Saidu Sharif.

Fazal Raziq Shahab belongs to the historic village of Aboha, Swat. His writings on Swat State provides very useful information to the general readers and researchers. He remained Swat State functionary and thus observed the happenings of the State very closely. He is the author of two books and his Columns has been a regular feature of Daily Azadi, Bakhabarswat.com and Lafzuna.com.
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Fazal Raziq Shahab belongs to the historic village of Aboha, Swat. His writings on Swat State provides very useful information to the general readers and researchers. He remained Swat State functionary and thus observed the happenings of the State very closely. He is the author of two books and his Columns has been a regular feature of Daily Azadi, Bakhabarswat.com and Lafzuna.com.
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