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Never Ever Dream Again (Autobiography of Fazal Raziq Shahab) Part 35

On the 17th of August 1969, Mr.Humayun, who was then P.A.Malakand Agency came to Swat and took over the charge of the occupied State. It seems that the announcement of merger was made in a hurry, without planning, how to introduce the new system and how to make the people ready to accept the change. Those elements who were anti-State, fluttered like cocks in the corridors of power, as if they had the merger possible.

Most of the ex-State departments were to be dissolved, especially the 14000 plus Malatia, Police and Road sepoys, who were also a sub section of State Forces, under a Commander Roads. The disposal of Malatia was not so much complicated, because there was detailed and authentic record of every rank and file, available in Fauji Daftar. A proforma was prepared for this procedure. It was a Service Certificate bearing the name, rank and other relevant data of each person, signed by the Naib Salar, Syed Jahan Khan. These Malatia personals were given choice to choose a specific amount for each rank or keep an arm of his liking with free license. This process took some three months and every case was disposed satisfactorily.

The Commanders were integrated in Police as DSPs. The Naib Salar Umara Khan was made District Officer, Frontier Constabulary. The Education and Health Department’s employees were automatically absorbed in Provincial Departments. But the main problem was the State P.W.D. The clerical staff and the skilled workers like Plumbers, Carpenters, Masons, Electricians were easily adjusted in provincial cadres .The Problem was we, the six Overseers, who were designated as such by Wali Swat, had no Diploma of the approved Technical institutions. The Committee working on integration plan was headed by a Section Officer, Mr.Bangash, was delaying our case on one or other pretext.

I was representing the State P.W.D and after weeks of discussions, he wrote to the Provincial Government  for guidance. The Governor issued a special notification, granting Relaxation of Technical Qualification to all of us and we were absorbed in the B/R Deptt, NWFP as Overseers, later changed to Sub-Engineer.

As the integration plan was completed, the officers/officials of the ex-State who could not be adjusted, were paid twenty months salaries and retired through Office Order, issued by Deputy Commissioner Swat. Each official was addressed through a letter of appreciation for their services and making the integration plan a success.

The letter started with the words,”Izath Neshan…” name and rank of the outgoing State officials and some phrases of admiration for their services. Our head of the Ex State P.W.D Haji Muhammad Karim Sahib was also treated in the same graceful way. When he returned from DC office that day, he jokingly said, waving that letter, “Look, I have got Neshan-i-Haidar”.

That was the end of active service of a great man who had hundreds of Schools, Colleges, Colonies, Wadudia Hall, Masjid College Colony at his credit. He shifted to his newly constructed house in Shah Dara. That Mohallah is still called S.D.O Mohallah after him.

In the meanwhile, the first DC was transferred and Mr.Azizul Hasan Khan had taken over the charge. He was a very noble and efficient officer. He treated the ex-State employees adjusted in the new setup with kid gloves. I had a few meeting with him and found him very accommodative and overlooking our short comings. He encouraged those who wanted to help in making the system a success.

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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