Swat History

FAQIR MUHAMMAD KHAN, ‘FAKHRE KASHMIR’

Intrigues, conspiracy and treacheries are common vocabularies in Aristocratic system of government. These are mercilessly used against opposing elements in the corridors of power. Here is a chapter from the history for our dear readers to enjoy and relish.

Badshah Sahib (Ruler of Swat from 1917 to 1949) called back his son from Islamia College and asked him to play his due role in the state’s affairs. After necessary training and supervision, he was made Sipah Salar or Commander in Chief of the State forces. So naturally, the officers now looked at him for their daily performance and tried to be with him during most of the duty hours. Some officers tried to keep their loyalties balanced but some were conspicuously tilted towards him. Two of these officers were very intimate with him. They were Naib Salar Ameer Chaman Khan and Naib Salar Faqir Khan. Previosly, they had been his companions in the tour of Indian cities of Calcutta, New Dehli and Bombay (Now Mumbai).

Now, they were seen together most of the time and the Wazir Brothers started creating misunderstandings between Badshah Sahib and the Crown Prince, Jahanzeb. They told him that the son was plotting to overthrow him with the help of these two officers. Badshah Sahib was fed daily with negative reports about the movements of the heir and his aides.

So all of a sudden, Badshah Sahib asked his son to leave the State and never return till he allows him. Most of the high rank officers were removed from service and the men from the lower class of society were promoted who were ‘confidants’ of the Wazirs. So Ameer Chaman Khan left Saidu and went to his village Kokarai, Swat.

Faqir Khan had acquired vast property in Aboha, Swat. So he shifted there. But the Wazirs made Badshah Sahib to issue Orders barring local people of Swat not to keep contact with him and maintain complete social ‘Bye cott’ (boycott)  of him. Faqir Khan somehow contacted Miangul Jahanzeb to allow him to leave the State. So after permission from his master, he went to Abbotabad, with his family. There he met with the Nawab of Amb State, who welcomed him warmly in the State. He was given a befitting job with much privileges. He stayed there till the misunderstanding between Badshah Sahib and the Wali Ahd was removed and he returned to the Swat. After this, the Wazirs were disgracefully exiled and all their immovable property confiscated by the State.

Thus Faqir Khan and Chaman Khan resumed their old positions and shifted to Saidu Sharif. In 1948, the War of Kashmir broke out and the tribes of Frontier and the princely states sent armed lashkars to help the Kashmir freedom fighters. The first group of Swat State’ force left Saidu under the command of Faqir Khan, Naib Salar. He and his men fought bravely and during this combat, Faqir Khan embraced ‘Shahadath’, while assaulting personally on the enemy’s bunker. A full burst of machine gun hit him on the chest and he fell down. The assaulted was called off but due to intense enemy fire, his deed body could not be collected at that moment.

The second deployment, headed by Chaman Khan made their way to the site of his ‘Shahadath’ and recognized his remains by his Rolex Watch, his cross belt and a piece of collar of his shirt. These were brought to Saidu Sharif and buried with full honor near the perimeter wall of the Royal Graveyard.

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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