His Highness Major General, Sultanul –Uloom, Ghazi Millat Miangul Abdul Haq Jahanzeb, HPK, H.Q.A was born on 5th of June 1908. He was coronated as Wali of Swat on 12th December 1949. The State of Swat was merged by a dictator, Yahya Khan on 28th July 1969.
This great son of the soil died on 14th September 1987. During twenty years of his rule, he developed Swat into a modern welfare State and introduced it to the world as a home of civilized, educated and peace loving people.
That was end of the story. But has the story really ended? No, it will continue to be repeated for generations to come as long as a single Swati is alive, till life is on the move in Shangla, Buner and Indus Kohistan. People will talk of him every day in many senses. People asked what he would have done if ‘Range’ type of barbarian was in his tenure and how he would have curbed Mullah Fazlullah. People had asked such questions and continue on each disaster faced by Swatis.
The pleasing surprise is that most of the new generation was borne after merger and the fresh youth of Swat, who had not seen those days of peace, tranquility and progress are more excited about him. They talk of him with love and respect. They want to know more about him that how he administered the four thousand square miles hilly region, how he built the infrastructure. They ask about the chain of educational and health institutions, the judicial system and above all taming an unruly tribal society and leading them to a new way of life.
It proves that in spite of the hateful propaganda against his person by those whose prosperity was possible only to the administration and patronage, his love and respect will be on the rise. No evil minded elements can influence the majority of this region.
His educational reforms changed the life of many down trodden youth to reach high status, previously reserved for the privileged class only. Health services were not just in name. All medicines were free. Indoor patients were given food as per advice of the medics.
Justice was provided to every citizen of the State. If someone was not satisfied with the decision of a lower court, he could put up his case directly to the Ruler himself, by passing all other appellate courts.
He encouraged people to dress up well and as per demand of changing civilizations. He did not force people to wear western dress. He just dressed immaculately and the people followed him. He always tried to present soft image of Swat to the world. The sports teams representing Swat in National events outside Swat were selected from the good looking and healthy youth. The State force offices and other ranks, all were graceful and strong men, giving an impact of a well to do society.
He tried his utmost endeavours to select high qualified and experienced educationists to head the famous Jahanzeb College, and other schools in jurisdiction of the state.
Please compare his twenty years rule with the fifty years after merger and say what your conscience decide.
Let us pray to All, for the high rewards to Miangul Jahanzeb on this 33rd anniversary of his passing away. Ameen.