It is quite obvious that an aristocratic system always favours the upper class of the land and they are dominant in every organization of the state. But there are some exceptional cases also being observed. Though sadly to say, are very rare.
Swat State was a princely state and to maintain its authority, has to seek the support of the influential ‘khels’. If a man from the common lot rises to a distinguished position, he must be either very efficient and has matchless qualities or lucky enough to deliver what is beyond his capacity. Badshah Sahib was very much tilted to the nobility, though he was much feared by every class and people avoided to displease him but he was always on good terms with the Khans. Even then some of his officers came from the down trodden families.
On the contrary, Wali Sahib was more liberal in this regard. His staff included all classes of people, held by him in equal esteem. He appreciated results, whosoever could deliver. So we see men of substantial capacity from the Gujars, the Parachas, the Weavers, and other families besides Pukhtoons being on high posts. Their performance was amazing. Some people might think that I am highlighting racial discrimination but it is a hard fact in the Pukhtoon society that they look down upon other castes, with contempt and let no chance go bye to humiliate them.
Having said all this, I want to mention some high ranking officers, belonging to the lower castes. One such officer was Captain Nakhwad. He came from a far off village ‘Tuha’ in tehsil Charbagh, situated in a deep valley, below Ser village. Seeking for opportunities in the capital of the State, he and his brother Jalandar shifted to Saidu Sharif. Both got a job in the working force. Soon, he got the attention of the Prince Heir Apparent on account of his hard work and honestly. From then on, no one could stop him obtaining further success and confidence of Miangul Jahanzeb. He was made ‘Kaman Afsar’ and later captain. He was over all incharge of the State Store of building materials such as steel, cements, ceramics, glasses and other plan sheets. He was assisted by clerks to keep record of store items and a hoard of masons, ‘Baboos’, Carpenters, Plumbers and electricians to maintain government buildings. He understood the temperament of the Ruler and never gave him a chance of annoyance. He was honest every inch and trust worthy. I had once accompanied him for three days when he was heading an engineering team for the end miles of Malam Jabba Road. I was surprised to observe his expertise in the technical investigation of those complicated ‘topographies’. He was very punctual offering five times prayers, always dressed in clean ‘shalwar qamees’ and a golden hue ‘Qaraqol’ cap. He was very strict very strick and hard task master. So the saying goes “Nakhwad ba de pa khwad ke”, meaning that Nakhwad will bring you to your senses. He was a very graceful person as well.
Keeping my age in view, he was very kind and protective to me. Those three days are still fresh in my mind and I remember him with great praise for his sagacity, honesty and natural efficiency. May his soul rest in eternal peace.