Swat History

IN SELF PRAISE

Sometimes I wonder how the various departments of the Swat State worked smoothly and efficiently. But today, at this hour after Juma prayers, I found the answer. It was only one person who steered all the organs in the right direction single handedly.  He was the General of the state forces, which he converted usefully to the labour force. He was the Chief Justice, dispensing disputes, and awarding punishments. He was the Chief of health services. He was the Planning and Development Chief, the educationist and the Chief Engineer of Communications and Works. I would like to elaborate the working methodology of each part of the State machinery.

Let me first start with my own department, the State Public and Works Department. I was inducted in this vital organ on 28th June 1961 but joined duty on 1st July 1961. I was at that time a student of third year in Jahanzeb College studying history, political science and English. None o f these subjects are in anyway related to qualifications required for building roads and schools etc. I had approached Wali Sahib indirectly for service. I wished to be taken in some of the offices working in the Secretariat. But when I stood before him in his office and after repeated advice to me to continue my studies and my refusal, he very kindly said, “All Right. If you want to serve, I appoint you as a Baboo in State P.W.D. Alamzeb (Son of Wali Sahib) was all praises for you that you are very intelligent student. Now go and tell you father.”

That day I was eighteen years and three months old. I attended the office on 1st July and from that very day my in-job training started. On the 2nd day I was taken to Kalam, my first visit of that area. My officers Mohamamd Karim told me all the basics of my job in Kalam. I was very much excited  and wanted to learn everything in a day. We returned very late and my officer took me for dinner in his residence. He lived at that time in Banglaw No. 21 of College Colony. I was a big treat for me. Everyday brought new adventure, new destinations, new areas and off course new lessons.  In this way, I had the good luck to see almost all the 4000 square miles of the Swat State, mostly riding the Pick-Up but on foot also to the inaccessible areas like Duber in Indus Kohistan. Every day I learnt new chapters of technical know-how of my job. Some years later, I was promoted to the post of Overseer along-with my five other colleagues. Now I had become a seasoned technical expert in my job. Thanks to my officer Mohammad Karim ( Marhoom). He was the most nice and kind officer I had in my service life. Due to his untiring guidance , I was able to serve  in the Provincial B/R, C&W Department as Sub Engineer for thirty four years after merger. Insha Allah, in the next episode, we will discuss another department of the State.

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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