Swat History

SHER AFZAL KHAN ALIAS G.G

His real name was Sher Afzal Khan. But he was such a great artist and was called G.G. He was a famous artist and painter of the Sub Continent at that point of time. He was Drawing Master in the oldest institution of Swat State, the Wadudia High School, Saidu Sharif. He was also the best Sports Organizer, P.T instructor, Chief Scout and Sports Supervisor. He was from Mingora but lived for many years in undivided India and spoke mostly urdu. He was really an expert in each field, and was a very kind and noble man. He never got angry and at the most expressed his displeasure by calling the student ‘Khanzeer’ or ‘Souar’.

All State officials respected him and he had a large number of loving pupils who always respected him. He lived in a spacious and comfortable house, where now is the ‘Shuhada Park’, College Colony. He was then bachelor and no one thought he will ever marry. Then all of a sudden his marriage took place. The bride was the niece of Captain Abdul Hanan, Swat State Artillery. She lived with her mother, a brother and younger sister. They lived behind our house in Afsar Abad and as we grew together, she did not observed ‘parda’ from me and my brothers. We called her ‘khor bibi’ as she was much older than us. We used to go to her new house with sons of Captain Abdul Hanan daily in the evening he had a daughter from this marriage. She grew before our eyes and was married to Inayat Khan, son of Ameer Zareen, Subedar Major of Balogram. It may be worth mentioning that Inayat Khan had artistic tendencies and performed as a hero in few Pushto films.

G.G was loved by his students. No other teacher, as far as I know was much popular than Sher Afzal Khan. Interestingly, very little number of people known his own name. he was G.G for all, his students, his colleagues, his servants, the common man and even Wali Sahib and his state officials.  He was an expert chess player and kept very precious sets in his house. When I saw the ‘soldier’, the ‘canon’, the ‘kings’ made of ivory, I was fascinated. He used to play chess with the last Wali of Swat and visited him daily. In 1973, one morning, I went to the residence of Wali Sahib to pay my homage to the great king of Swat State, G.G and he was busy in the game. I sat on a chair at his side. Wali Sahib talked to me and continued the game. At one time, he started discussion with me on a topic and made a move at the same time and G.G shouted, “Sheh” meaning save your king. Wali Sahib said to him, “Look G.G, i was not concentrating on the game and was talking to Fazal Raziq and you took advantage of my careless move. G.G said, “I am not playing with you and drew back his chair.” I thought i should better leave the scene and begged His Highness to allow me to go. He kindly permitted me and i left.

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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