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Never Ever Dream Again (Autobiography of Fazal Raziq Shahab) Part 36

On the retirement of our head of the P.W.D and creating a B&R Department Divisional office, our first Executive Engineer Mr.Abdur Rahim khan took over the charge. Saidu Sharif was also declared as Divisional Head Quarter of the newly formed Malakand Division, because of availability of offices and residences, constructed by the great Ruler of Swat.

So first Commissioner who assumed office was Sayyid Munir Hussain. As accommodation of his status was not available, he stayed in a suite of Swat Hotel. Then the Guest House, which is now Commissioner House, was under construction. Similarly, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Superintending Engineer B&R Circle, Ali Ahmad Jan assumed the charge of their respective offices.

At the time of merger, the State Treasury had a cash of 15.54 million, which was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner, by the treasury officer, Sultan Mohammad Khan. It may be worth mentioning that the Deputy Commissioner, at that time had been given all the powers of the Ruler of Swat through a Notification.

More over the Ex-State had shares in two industries, namely Premier Sugar Mills Mardan and ‘Janana de Maloochu Mills’ Kohat. Those shares were also transferred to Pakistani authorities.

The change came with a piercing power, shattering the expectations of many. The bureaucracy has never enjoyed so unlimited powers before. As per provision of the orders, dissolving the State, only the Deputy Commissioner was authorized to use unlimited powers of the Ruler. But every Tom, Dick & Harry who came from outside to the defunct State, considered himself the Wali. They occupied State residences without considering entitlement. College Colony should have been left unmolested but the high-ups of the civil dministration occupied bungalows, designated for the college teaching staff.

The first taste of ‘democracy’ we felt was the Emerald Mine’s fire by Frontier Constabulary in which unknown number of people were killed. The next morning people gathered in large number in protest and marched towards the Deputy Commissioner office. Some ex-State employees also joined the protest. The intelligence agencies were noting names of such officials. As a result, an Enquiry Commission was set up for probing into the causes and fixing responsibility of this unwanted incident.

The Deputy Commissioned submitted before the Commission that he is holding the powers of the ex-Ruler which cannot be challenged in any court. Meanwhile, the protesting employees were picked up by the agencies and taken to various jails in the then NWFP. After much tortures, they were re-instated by submitting affidavits not to get involve in anti-Government  activities.

Any how the system started working. I was once again assigned to a far off area. i.e. Buner, which was then a sub-division of District Swat. My job at that time was to collect details of ex-State Buildings, categorizing it Department Wise such as Education, Health, Police, Civil Administration, Rest Houses etc.

We had one privilege .I was not dislocated from Bungalow No.A.B.2, Afsar Abad. Though my father was retired, but we occupied it till 1981, when my own XEN, turned against me. So we shifted to our village Aboha. I still send curse on that man, where ever he is now.

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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