It was in 1963 probably, we were going to Chakesar, for laying the R.B.C roof of the court of Hakim there. We had hired two trucks, one carrying cement and the other was loaded with bricks. I was sitting in the driving cabin with Pervez driver. My senior colleague, Fazli Rahim Khan of Qambar and the Contractor Amir Mohammad of Saidu Sharif were in the other truck.
When we reached Yakhtangi Top, we had a few moments of light talk and we also ate fruit. Then I climbed into the truck and we stared first. The other truck was supposed to follow us. The road was then an earthen road and went down the hill in sharp ‘S’ curves. As we reached the plan portion of the road, I asked Pervez ustad to stop and look back if the other truck is following us. There was no sign of it. Then we heard someone calling us to come back, because the other truck has fell down in the very first curve. We both hurried back on foot and reached in half hour. We were shocked to know that my senior colleague and the contractor were killed and their bodies lying in the deep raven. The truck has gone to pieces completely and was destroyed. The Police Jamadar told me that he had informed the Hakim of Alpurai and Hakim of Puran and they are on their way to the site of tragedy. I also called my officer on phone and told him about the mishap. A few moments later, he called back saying that he had informed Wali Sahib and he ordered to send the Pick Up for collecting the body of the State official, i.e., Fazal Rahim Khan. It was a long wait so I went up to the Rest House to rest for a while. I felt numb and in deep shock. The Pick Up arrived at last and with the help of police, the body of Fazli Rahim Khan was placed in it and I sat near the Charpai. We reached Qambar a little before dawn and hundreds of people had gathered in the Hujra. We handed over to them the dead body and I returned to Saidu Sharif.
A few days later Wali Sahib went to Europe and I went to Chakesar. After a few days, I was called by the Hakim Chakesar and was advised by him to go to Saidu Sharif and present myself before the Regent Council at the office of the Wazir Mulk Sahib. He also told me that as the Crown Prince was also out of the country, a Regent Council had been set up to run the affairs of the State. It had three members with equal status, namely, the Chief Secretary, Wazir-Mulk Sahib and Wazir Mall Sahib. At that time, the serving officers on these posts were Attaullah, Ameer Said Khan and Sher Muhammad Khan respectively.
I also learnt that the two personal servants of Fazli Rahim Khan had filed a case with the Council that the deceased had money in his pocket and the driver had stolen it. The Council ruled that I should be called as witness from the plaintiff side. In short, I appeared before the council. Only Wazir Mall sahib questioned me and the other two members remained silent. I told them that I am not sure about the amount, but at Khawaza Khela, the late Khan told the Contractor that if he needed money, he could lend him. The two servants were asked if they would swear, putting their hands on the Holy Book. The both did so as ordered by the Council and the driver was ordered to pay that amount to the deceased son.
This was my first and last encounter with the State Regent Council.
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