I could have gone directly to office of the Ruler, but I feared my father would see me as I will have to pass through the lawn of his office, or someone might tell him. I went to the residence of Shahzada Alamzeb Bacha, commonly known as Hafiz Bahadar Shahzada .He had lost his eye sight in very early childhood, so he had learnt the Holy Quran by heart. He was very interested in education development of the State and provided books to hundreds of students every year.
When I was called by the servant, he asked me sit on the carpet near him. I told the purpose of my visit. He was so infuriated and turned from me to the side, saying, “I am not going to recommend to my father for you. I know everything about you. You think this blind man, sitting in this room, is not aware what bad society you have joined this year. That is why you have been dropped from the University exam this year because of short attendance.” I stood up and left the room without saying a word.
Next day, it was 28th of June. Our social work programme was in progress in Saidu Hospital. Dr. Najib was lecturing us some common diseases like Anemia, Malaria, Dysentery etc. A man entered the room. He was wearing the uniform of the Royal Guards. He asked for me. Dr.Najib signaled to me to stand up. The guard told me I was to go with him to meet the Ruler of Swat.My class mates looked at me wide eyed but I knew what was behind this order. I went along with the Guard. The Ruler immediately asked the doorman to usher me into the Royal office. Wali Sahib asked me if I wanted job. I said, yes.
He asked, “why do you not continue your studies. Alam Zeb is all praises for you. He told me you are very intelligent.” I somehow told my problem and opted for a job. He again very kindly asked to choose any Department of the State. I said I would serve anywhere His Highness think suitable. So he asked me to report to Muhammad Karim, Head of the State P.W.D.
That was how my technical job started without technical qualification. That is how I worked as a professional overseer, eight years with Wali Sahib and thirty four years in the Provincial Government after merger.
On my return from the Ruler office, I called on my father and told him what happened. He was very upset and said he would go then and there to request Wali Sahib to cancel his orders. But his boss pacified his anger and advised him to go and thank Wali Sahib for his kindness, without asking by him for his son. So he did and the Wali hoped I would follow my father’s example of honesty and loyalty.
For the first time I happened to see the ugly face of the bureaucracy and its vulgar intrigues. The officer in charge first received me cordially but after ten minutes or less changed the countenance of a kind elder and become the real man, he was.
He said, I should come in 1st June 1961, to join the office, advising me to dress properly in paint and shirt. I did so and was taken aback to see two more boys I knew, well dressed immaculately. We accompanied the officer to H.H office. The officer advised us to stand in the lawn and himself went in the Wali’s office room. After a short while, the Ruler came towards where we three were standing in a row.
The Wali came straight to me and said, “I have already issued your orders. Why you came again.” I was surprised at these remarks and said, “Sir, I do not understand. This officer brought me along with these two boys.” As I looked at the officer, he was as pale as a dead body, trembling.
Actually, he wanted to get a relative of him recruited, and he staged this show to adjust him. He murmured some words and after a while the Ruler accepted his apologies and appointed his man also. Wali Sahib turned to me and said, “Come to me when you have some problem.”
To Be Continued…