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Never Ever Dream Again (Autobiography of Fazal Raziq Shahab) Part 25

Sometimes, I was perplexed at the behavior of my boss. I could not judge whether he thought me in the opposite camp or on his side. Some high ranking State officials also mocked him indirectly but I tried to keep away from these intrigues. There were some contractors who also trying to undermine my position, particularly two of them were very arrogant. But I was determined to stand in their way and expose them as far as I could.

One of them was in some way related to the Ruler and the other one was a low class man from Mingora. It was said about him that he is an informer and was giving misguiding information to Wali Sahib about some factions of society. He was a man of dirty habits, dirty dress and a dropping under lip full of Naswar.

Once we carried some remedial works in Public School Sangota in two portions. One part was carried out through this man who ignored all my instructions. On the final inspection Wali Sahib noted the difference in quality in both portions and admonished me. I did not munch my words and told him the whole truth. He frowned but kept silent, displeasure showing on his beautiful face.

So for the other one, when Wali Sahib was inspecting a building, noted the poor quality of floor, I said that this contractor was the most unruly and arrogant. Wali Sahib ordered on the spot that he would stand blacklisted forever. No contract would be awarded to him by name or in partnership with other contractor. That dirty man caused the dismissal of my younger brother Fazli Mabood and his colleague Ata Muhammad from service, while they were working in the new created Municipal wing at Mingora.

The undesirable person whom I mentioned before was a butcher by profession and Kabab Vendor. He also wrote some verses in admiration of Wali Sahib on his coronation day celebrations published in the newspapers and periodicals of the then Frontier Province. Anyhow after some time he also reached his logic end.

During my second spell in Chakesar, a great tragedy occurred. While going to Chakesar with two trucks of cement and brick for the Tehsil buildings, we stopped for a few minutes at Yakhtange top. I was accompanied by the contractor and one senior colleague, Fazal Rahim khan of Qambar, as I was yet in learning stage and he was going to help me in the roof slabs of the Court of Hakim.

At the top, we exchanged trucks. I rode in another one, with driver in front seat and my senior colleague and the contractor in the other truck. We started first and down the seven curves to the Gwad hotel (the hotel was owned by a person who had lost both his legs in avalanche). We stopped to wait for the next truck but it never came. It has fell down in the very first curve, killing both the contractor Amir Muhammad and my senior Fazal Rahim khan.

I returned to the top and informed my officer on phone from the police post Yakhtange. I was advised to stay there and wait for help reaching from Puran, headed by Hakim Shaibar Khan and from Alpurai by Hakim Fasihul Lisan. In short, we took the dead body of my colleague to Qambar. The contractor’s body was carried to Saidu Sharif in a truck.

This accident created many controversies and aftershocks with conspiracy theory on top of it. When I reached my officer’s residence near Jahanzeb College, he embraced me and repeatedly asked me if I am all OK. Because rumour of my death has reached at midnight in Saidu Sharif. Very early morning, Professor Humayun and many others came for condolence and were pleased and surprised at the same time.

Wali Sahib left for Europe and the regent council had started a probe into the mishap. The Regent Council was three members body formed for running the State affairs with full powers, in the absence of Wali Sahib. The three members were Wazir Mulk, Wazir Mall and Sepa Salar Sahib. I was also called for answering some questions which I did. This incident had far reaching results for me. I was transferred permanently to Saidu Sharif after the slab was laid on Tehsil Office. I also got married after many failed romances of which I would like to present detailed account.

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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