Swat History

Glimpses From The Past

Once Wali Sahib received a letter sent by post to him. It was written in Urdu. The writer stated that the Wali had superseded an official of the State P.W.D and given preference to a man from an influential family, though the other man deserved the status. It further added that the Khan could not talk fluently. So Mr. so and so should be given that job, who is more competent, fluent and a graduate too, besides being an old ‘Saidu Wal’. Thus he will be more loyal that the other man.

As most of our handwritings had been observed by him, he immediately recognized the author of the letter. But he wanted to prove it to the man. He had every power then to punish him for leg-pulling of another colleague. Instead of taking direct action, he gave a slip written in Urdu, to our head. It was addressed to Mr. Taj Malook Mirza of the State Store, asking to deliver of hundred bags of cement to a project. We, all the staff of State P.W.D were asked to copy this slip. We did as directed, each on signing the slip as we did in routine letters to the Store Keepers.

All the slips were presented to Wali Sahib by our head. He checked each slip one by one, comparing the shape of alphabets with the postal letter. After a second of glance, he selected one slip and asked our boss to destroy the rest. He ordered him to present the official before him the next day.

Next morning, Muhammad Karim Sahib, our head, signaled the suspect to accompany him. They climbed the Pickup and dashed to the Wali’s office.

When they both entered Wali Sahib office, he was holding the postal letter in his hand. He took the man off-guard and said, “You have written this letter to me.” The official turned pale and murmured weakly, “No Sir.”

Wali Sahib put both the writings on the table and pointed out the similarity. And then ordered his dismissal on the ground of denying his attempt to undermine another colleague. Anyhow, he reappointed him in another department of the State after a very short time.

Another case of fraud surfaced during my school life. Wali Sahib ordered once the export of corn from Swat. It was not allowed unless permit was issued under his seal and signature. Now, those who often earned great amount of money by exporting corn, tried forgeries with fake sign of Wali Sahib. Two staff members of his own office were getting big money for forging the sign. There used to be a Tehsildar at Landaki regularly checking transit permits. He got suspicious with the growing number of maize loaded trucks and brought the case in the notice of Wali Sahib. The fraudulent were easily traced, and awarded due punishment including dismissal from service.

It is astonishing that a single man running a well-organized system single handedly with a hawk eye on every segment of the Government. In the morning cup of tea, he was Auditor General checking the treasury registers recording every penny. In the office hours, he was Army Chief, Chief Justice, Chief Engineer, Chief of planning, regarding education, health and infrastructure. In the evening, he was Inspector General of works, welfare organizer and moral developer.

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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