Swat History

A GREAT TRAGEDY AT AFSAR ABAD, SWAT

A considerable number of semi armed men were kept in Saidu Sharif, the capital of the State to work as labour force in minor repairs such as stone slabbed streets, drains etc. They were paid like the rest of the State Malatia, twice a year in kind. It has also the same ranks and two Subedars were heading them. They were, as a whole body controlled by the famous Captain Nakhwad. The Subedars were Abdul Wahid and Ghulam Rasool by name. These Subedars and the plumbers, carpenters, electricians and sweepers were paid in cash. With the reorganization of the State P.W.D, all these technical labour along with Subedar Abdul Wahid were placed at the disposal of the head of the State P.W.D. Muhammad Karim Khan, Ghulam Rasool Subedar Sahib remained attached to Nakhwad Captain alongwith the labour force.

Subedar Abdul Wahid was an efficient official and soon gained the confidence of our boss, Mohammad Karim Khan, who left all the daily maintenance of the State buildings to him. So all the State high officials looked at Subedar Abdul Wahid for their minor maintenance and repair of electricity or sanitation break down. Thus his influence on all high officers turned into personal friendship.

His sons were having good moral character. They lived in a house near P.W.D office in Afsar Abad. The eldest Rokhan was a student of B.Sc in Jahanzeb College. As Subedar Sahib had a towering personality and was on very friendly terms with most of the officers, living in Afsar Abad, so his sons were also popular among the sons of these officials.

After merger of Swat State, the status quo was maintained for more than a year. In those days, the sad incident of Emerald Mine’s fire occurred in which many common citizens were killed and F.C was stationed on many points including Amankot and the Mines. It must be noted that though, we had heard the name ‘Grenade’ but no one had seen it. One evening, Rokhan was coming from Amankot, on the ‘Khwar’ bank to his home, he found some object in the fields. He took it in his hands as he thought that it was some part of a scooter. He brought it to his home and put it in his room. That evening, while his mother was cooking bread in the grate. As it was winter, so Subedar Sahib and his two sons were sitting near the fire. Rokhan brought that thing and while sitting near his brother, he drew the projected part or for that matter, the safety pen, and put it in his lap. As they were totally unaware of the mechanism, thus suddenly there was a huge blast and Rokhan’s body split in parts, so were his brother and mother. Subedar Sahib also received a great number of splinters in his chest and on leg which was almost torn. He kept his senses with great effort and brought out the dead bodies out of the room one by one and placed them on the floor. He sat with them and waited for the people to come for help. The neighbors rushed to his house. They carried him to Saidu Hospital and the dead to his village Manglawar for burial.

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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