Some distance beyond it (in Barikot) I found my camp pitched near the spot where the Miangul had started constructing a ‘Tahsir, fort, jail, and school all of them requisites for the consolidation of his rule. Here he had sent his Sipahsalar or Commander-in-chief, Ahmad Ali Khan, to await me. With his personal bodyguard of some thirty well equipped men, he was to look after me throughout my wanderings (in Swat State). And a most pleasant and obliging protector this active and keen-witted warrior proved to be. He had fought hard in the Miangul’s cause, as more than one scar on his lithe body showed. But now that aggression from outside had ceased, his chief task was to tour extensively through his master’s dominions, to see that the newly built forts at all the important points were properly garrisoned, and in general to show that the ruler, besides a quick brain and inherited spiritual authority, was endowed also with a sword-arm, ready to enforce his rule. May it last long, was my wish, spreading peace in a region greatly favoured by nature and already growing in wealth. Someday the Badshah’s dominion, including the high alpine valleys of the Swat Kohistan, may rank as the Kashmir of the Frontier, to be admired alike for its natural beauties and resources. But for the present I felt quite content to see Swat passing happily from turbulent faction to settled conditions under a strong ‘benevolent tyrant’.
Source of Information (Reference):
Sir Aurel Stein, On Alexander Track To Indus, Macmillan And Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1929, Pages 28-29.