Swat History

MEMORIES OF PATTAN, KOHISTAN

I visited Indus Kohistan three times when I was a part of Swat State. On every visit I prayed for my father who refused many offers by Wali Sahib to take the charge of any tehsil he liked in Kohistan but my father refused to leave Saidu Sharif for the sake of our education. That refusal cost my father very much but he never complained. Anyhow, here I will mention my first visit to the area head quarter, i.e, Pattan. Pattan was where Hakim of the whole Kohistan side of the Indus Kohistan had his residence and courts. There were tehsils at Ronolia, Duber, Seo, Karang and Kandia. These were connected by telephone lines to Pattan.

The Hakim received daily situation reports from the Tehsildars in the evening and he conveyed worth mentioning events to Saidu Sharif, the head quarter of the State. These reports were sometimes sent directly while sometimes through concerned Masheer. Among all the Hakims, one who belonged to Choga, had the longest tenure than those of all the rest had in total. He was very popular among the people and when out of necessity, he was transferred, a big Jirga came to Saidu Sharif, and requested for his return. His name was Muhammad Azeem. Patanians called him “Soor Sarey Bacha”, because he dyed his hairs. My first visit was with my officer and some colleagues. We went to check the maintenance work carried out there and also to find out what were needed by the staff of ‘Leprosium’.  When we reached the Head Quarter, the Hakim received us very warmly. He had already information about our arrival. There was a long air-strip also near the tehsil, where a Dakota had landed earlier. The two pilots also met us. We had a lunch together and then they left for the plane. The taxied to the end of the strip and then turning round, full throttled the twin engine trainee craft and took off almost touching the roof of the tehsil building.

Hakim Sahib was very noble person and he kept us company till our return. Hakim Sahib treated us with his famous corn bread which was also liked by Wali Sahib. Whenever he visited Pattan, he was served with this speciality. Our officer Muhammad Karim Khan asked him the recipe. He told that their house maid kneaded corn flour in milk and eggs. Then breads of small circular shape were fried in butter. When a morsel was put in the mouth, it tasted the best one had ever tasted.

It was said that Wali Sahib sent two female servants to Pattan to learn it practically and they returned after two months.

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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