Swat History

AN INSPECTION OF CONSTRUCTION WORK BY WALI SAHIB

After my three years stay in Chakesar, containing of three week in each months, I was ordered by Wali Sahib to take charge of constructions in Aka Khel, Musa Khel area. It was in 1965. The High School (for boys) at Barikot was completed before my arrival, but the upgradation of Middle School Manyar, Aboha and residence of Hakim Barikot were in progress.

On the same morning as I came to the office, the head of the State P.W.D, Haji Mohammad Karim told me that Wali Sahib will make final inspection of High School Barikot which has completed a month before. I was told that how can I face it, if the situation there goes unfavourable. He further added that I will not be responsible if some drawbacks were noted by His Highness during the visit because his inspection used to be very thorough and no defect escaped his sharp eye.

In short, I came to Barikot, cleaned the school premises through local sepoys and especially the pathway to the school.

I was waiting anxiously with a lot of apprehensions, when a buffalo came from nowhere and unloaded her stuff at the very point where the Wali’s car was to be parked. At the same moment, the white Jeepster of the Ruler appeared and stopped just inches away for the rubbish. An open Land Rover of the guards also arrived and the security staff took control of the whole surroundings in a few seconds. Now it was my duty to open the door for him but I stood frozen and did not budge an inch. Wali Sahib hit the door handle with his elbow and as he wanted to put his step on the road, he noticed the dunghill and asked the driver to move a little forward. I saw the frown in his face and braced myself for any eventuality. He started towards the school, followed by my officer and the A.D.C. He entered the Head Master’s Office, checked the floor with his wooden hammer and also the attached washroom. He pulled at the Sash Cod block and it came out of the wall in his hand. He turned around and looked at me and asked why such installation was allowed by me. I said, “Sir, this school was completed a month before and this is my first day on this site.” He relaxed a little and asked me, not my officer who stood speechless, to recover a fine of five hundred rupees from the Contractor’s final bill. He further advised that classes in the school should be started from the next day.

The drivers of the two royal cars had already parked their cars and were ready for moving back to Saidu Sharif. I felt greatly relieved when they departed.

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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