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Never Ever Dream Again (Autobiography of Fazal Raziq Shahab) Part 38

The SDO was totally dependent on him.He left all the office work to him.He made the official correspondence, signed for S D.O in his absence, kept the record of incoming and out going correspondence. In short he was the engine that was driving the whole system.

Ours was the first B/R Sub-Division in the history of Buner. After a short time, Subedar Major Mian Mustafa and Nasoze Subedar of Elai opted for retirement so they were relieved accordingly. Three Subedars were made Road Inspectors in the new setup and some six hundred lower ranks of ex-State Roads Establishment were retired.

Some new coolies were recruited from the nearby villages to maintain the roads. In Buner most of the roads were shingled roads at the time of merger.Only black topped road from the Ex-State era was from Karakar Top to Pir Baba. The road from Pacha Kalay to Daggar via Sultan Vas Ghazi Khane was near completion.

The boys college at Daggar, its hostel and ten Staff Bungalows were almost completed with final touches. A 325 (three hundred twenty five) feet deep tube-well was also completed with 40000 (Forty thousand) Galons capacity reservoir for the college by the Ruler of Swat.

Now Buner needed full focus on development and improvement of infrastructure.Shingled roads connected all the areas to Daggar, except Chagharzai beyond Budal. So there was a dire need of fast plannings. Unfortunately, the political instability made the achievement of desired results almost impossible.

The prime hardship we faced was proper accommodation. We the two Overseers, three drivers lived in two rooms of the office, without bath and proper kitchen. There was no electricity in all the Buner area. For newspaper we used to go to Pirbaba bazaar, some twenty six kilometres both ways from Daggar, mostly in our truck. Petrol was at that time half rupee or 50 paisa per litre.

Another problem, I had to face was the transfer of that amazing junior clerk to Saidu Sharif. Now, I had not only to draft the letters but also have to type them on an old type writer. The SDO also remain absent on one or other pretext, so I have also to manage the office and field staff. Fortunately, our troubles were partly removed, when we were given two spacious bungalows in the College Colony at Sawarai by the first Principal of the College, Professor Danishmand Khan. Bungalow No.1 was given to our S.D.O and No.10 to Overseers.

These accommodations were partly short of some facilities such as electricity, but it was a problem faced by all the population of Buner. The turbine of the college tube well was running on diesel, supplied by our office. We had now a civilized, educated company with the teaching staff of the newly started college. All of the teaching staff was from Swat except Hameedur Rehman who was from Kalpanai, Buner. He taught Political Science at the college.

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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