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Status Quo After Merger of State

The period immediate after announcement of merger of Swat State was termed Status quo. But the new set up was swiftly asserted its authority. A Colonel was the Sub-Martial Law Administrator and he established his office in State Secretariat. Similarly Commissioner of the newly created Malakand Division stayed in Swat Hotel. A few months before merger, the State had started construction of a State Guest House near Swat Hotel. Works on the ground floor was almost competed and the upper storey was in progress. The Commissioner ordered to pace up the work as he selected it for his official residence.

Most of the staff of the new setup were brought from outside Swat. It was a boom day for these people. They flocked like volunteers on the dead body of an elephant killed by poachers. Even peons came from the settled districts and made a hay day for themselves. In B/R circle, most staff came from Malakand, Mardan and Peshawar. Ali Muhammad Jan Khan was the first Superintending Engineer of Malakand B/R circle at Swat. The clerical staff were either from Thana or Peerano. Every one of them called themselves either Khan Khel or Pir.

The Ex-State Malatia was dissolved and some of the offices were absorbed in the Police Department. The general behavior of all the non-Swati officials was that of occupying masters. They looked down upon the local officials and made fun of their ignorance of the align system.  For example, in a high level meeting, and ex-State officer, working now as Assistant Commissioner, stammered some words in English and the Commissioner, presiding laughed at his attempt and said, “Mr. A.C, I am pleased to know you have brain also in your skull.”

In those days, we lived in Bungalow No. A.B. 2, in Afsar Abad. When an officer was transferred back to the down district, his children and wives weft with grief. No one liked to go back, even to their home district. The most abhorable act on their part was that they removed the wooden cupboards and ceiling fans from State residences.

While posting in Swat, their household luggage were brought in a Pick-up, and on transfer back, three or four trucks were needed to carry the furniture etc, which they had acquired during their stay at Swat.

The officials of Special Branch, Crime Branch and CID were much feared by the local officials, as they knew nothing about their sphere of powers etc. In our own office, a head clerk from Peshawar and Hindko speaking was more arrogant than the Executive Engineer. One day, he used some insulting remarks about a Swati clerk. He jumped over the table and caught him by the throat, with one hand and boxed his head with other hand severely. We rushed to rescue him from the young Swati. After a while, he brought the type writer and started typing report against the clerk. The Executive Engineer at that time was Abdul Rahim Khan from D.I.Khan. He was the most loving and popular officer among the staff. He tore away the report and asked the head clerk to control his language.

In short, that time of Status Quo was a golden period for the occupying elements.

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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