“Who’s Who’ In The Dir, Swat and Chitral Agency” was a confidential report published by the Political & Secret Department, Government of British India in 1933. The particular report covered the leading personalities of that era and provided basic information about them. The author has made an endeavour to provide details about those personalities who belonged to Dir State and whose names has been mentioned in that report. The details of those personalities is given below in alphabetical order (Part 6/ Last Part).
34. Sardar Khan: Sardar Khan is usually known as Bibior Khan. He lives at Bibior and is a distant cousin of the Nawab of Dir. He was formerly a Jamadar in the Dir Levies but was dismissed in 1925 for inefficiency and misbehavior. He is addicted to drugs.
35. Shad Mohammad Khan: Shah Mohammad Khan is from Gambir, Shahi Khel. He was driven out of his ancestral estate by Said Ahmad Khan, when the later was in possession of Barwa. It was restored to Gambir by Nawab Badshah Khan and is now known as Gambir Khan. He belongs to the present Nawab’s faction.
36. Sher Afzal: Sher Afzal is from Mast Khel sub-tribe. He was formerly Khan of Satbar Killi. He is nephew of Said Ahmad Khan of Barwa, whose political lead he followed. He is about sixty years of age. He has a body of thirty armed retainers and lives in exile in Pewra, Bajaur.
37. Sher Malik: Sher Afzal of Panjkora is one of the most influential Maliks in the Sultan Khel tribe. He is a Subedar of the Nawab’s Tiarkhors. He is usually known as “Maira Malik”.
38. Zarif Khan: Zarif Khan is from Rabat. He is nephew of the late Abdullah Khan, with whom he was not on good terms. He was placed in possession of the estates of Abdullah Khan by the Nawab in 1913. But these estates were again taken away from him and restored to Abdullah Khan in 1915. For this reason he headed a revolt of Sind Khans against the Nawab in December of that year which was soon quelled. He is not a man of much character. He is a Kursi Nashin. Soon after the accession of Shah Jahan Khan, his fort was burnt by the Nawab and his property taken possession of by Abdullah Khan. He lived for a time at Mayar in Jandul as an exile under the protection of Alamzeb Khan. On Alamzeb Khan’s eviction from Jandul Zarif Khan took refuge in Dheri Alladhand, where he still lives.
LAST PART OF ‘WHO’S WHO IN DIR’…