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Never Ever Dream Again (Autobiography of Fazal Raziq Shahab) Part 21

Later developments made it clear why I was removed from the State Capital to such far flung area as Chakesar. Another very top class draftsman was deputed to Alpurai. His name was Abdur Rashid, at the same time. He was advised to stay there till next orders.

The under construction hospital was assigned to one Mr. Miangul Bostan of Spino Obo, in partnership with Shamshi Mian of that village. The progress was very slow. I persuaded them to gear up all their efforts and produce solid results before the impending visit of Wali Sahib to that area. But they made lame excuses .I kept on pressing them.

A week before the tour of Wali Sahib to Chakesar, rather he paid visit to Alpurai and there on some shortcoming in the construction of a wall, dismissed Abdur Rashid from service, though there was some other story how he was fed negative reports against Rashid. The then Hakim at Alpurai, Fasiul Lisan told me on phone what happened to my dear colleague. The Hakim also informed me that on the coming Sunday, Wali Sahib is scheduled to visit Chakesar. Jokingly he added I must brace up for what was in store for me.

I was anxiously waiting for the next Sunday what would become of me. The progress of work was very slow. I was also not satisfied with the ceiling of Telephone Exchange which was the first to be visited by Wali Sahib as it was in the end of the ground, where he was to inspect Guard of honour and meet the local elders. Two days before the due date the jubilations in the village started. The boys were put to clean the streets of the village, buntings were hanging on every house, colorful clothes were hanging over the street walls.

The local soldiers were rehearsing the guard of honour. There were three Subedar Majors in the village, namely Ahmad Shah, Saadullah Khan and Saifur Rehman, each one posing very serious and busy doing nothing. I was feeling sick at the pit of my guts with foreboding and apprehension. Of one thing I was sure the Ruler will not hit me as he did Abdur Rashid. That much I was dead sure.

On the due date, I dressed up in white shirt and paint, shaved and went to the large ground of State High School Chakesar. People had thronged on the four sides of the ground. The smartly turned out contingent of Swat Force was alert to present Guard of honour. The three Subedar Major had agreed that the parade would be under the command of Subedar Major Ahmad Shah who was the elder son of Afarin Khan, an influential and loyal Khan to the State. He himself was standing at the head of the civil reception line consisted of local Jirga members.

The Qazis tried to stand with the Khans but Afarin Khan got very infuriated and contemptuously asked them to stand far away from the Pukhtun elders. The three poor Qazis stood far away, near the Hakim court. Hakim Muhammad Sharin was dressed in white with a Sola hat. He was a very confidential officer of the State and remained loyal to the Ruler in thick and thin.

To Be Continued…

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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