Swat History

THE YOUNG KILLER

He was a student of class 7th. His mother died in his childhood and his father remarried. It was said that his stepmother treated him abominably. He was not given a Charpai to sleep on. The father totally ignored him. He asked him time and again to give up school and earn some money. But he was very intelligent and the teachers were supporting him in every possible way.

He was very handsome too and this proved to be a big drawback for him. One of his cousin teased him while going from school. He asked him daily to fulfill his nefarious desires but he refused. The cousin did not give up and continued bulling him. He has no one to stand by his side and he could not tell his teachers as the cousin had threatened him that if he told them, then he will kill him. Having no other choice, he told his father the whole story. His father gave him a long bladed knife and asked him to kill the boy if the made advances to him again.

The next day, while going home from the school, the cousin caught him by the hand and repeated his sinister desire. He pulled out the knife and hit the culprit with full force. The blade penetrated through the ribs and pierced the heart of the boy. He fell on the ground and died on the spot.

The boy ran to his house and told his father about the incident. He got angry and asked him why he has committed the murder. The boy replied that he gave him the knife and asked him to kill the boy. They both ran to the nearby fort to escape from the onslaught of the bereaved family. The ‘Qalawals’ or the gendarmeries of the fort took them in their security and brought them safely to Saidu Sharif. The lower court asked them to be taken to the Central Jail and to produce them the next day to the Ruler of Swat, as such cases were taken before him only.

On that night, the heartless father beated the little boy saying that due to his crime, he had to spend the night in jail. The boy sobbed and replied, “Father, you gave me the knife to kill my cousin. I have to face whatever is in store for me, but why you are beating me so cruelly.”

He next day, they were presented before Wali Sahib. He was shocked to see this fragile handsome kid. After hearing his confession statement, Wali Sahib asked the father to go to his home and try to negotiate with the father of the murdered boy, through the elders of the village. Wali Sahib wanted to save the life of the minor boy, so he extended the grace period of one week. But the father of the accused failed to convince the other side. Some inner sources said that the father was not much interested in saving the life of his son as his second wife didn’t liked the resolution of dispute. Later events proved this as the father was informed to come to Saidu Sharif, but he delayed in reaching there and when he reached premises, his son was already shot by his uncle and was lying in a cot near the gate 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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