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Never Ever Dream Again (Autobiography of Fazal Raziq Shahab) Part 41

My posting away from my home created many problems for me. First of all my family life was almost shattered. I was deprived of spending time with my children, (two cute sons and a daughter).When I came on weekends, the journey from Sawarhai to Mingora, bogged my head. Then the domestic problems developed in my absence also made me crazy.

Gradually, I curtailed my weekly visits. Some times I skipped one or two sundays. I preferred loneliness in that big house.The servant provided to us by the Department was also a tenant of some landowner.He lived on that field, a little away from the College premises.

So at nights, he left me alone and went to his mud-house where he kept his cattles, wife and children. Thus I started seeking sort of solace in other ways. More over,my adherence to honesty and quality control, developed in my eight years of service in the State era made me persona non grata for the contractors. All of them turned against me and tried to avoid working in my section. If by chance, some one got a contract in my jurisdiction, he would stop commission of the Department, saying that if they had to work strictly following the specifications, why they should pay 18 % commission to the Staff. This turned the whole Department against me.

They distorted my ACRs (Annual Confidential Report).Officers always avoid negative remarks and praise the performance of subordinates, recommending him for promotion etc. But my ACRs were full of negative remarks even replied to a question (does he drink) in affirmative. All these turns of the tides against me made me searching relief in unwanted venues.

Once all the contractors, headed by one Shamshi, sworn collectively they would not engage themselves in contracts under my charge. Only one refused to be part of that mutiny against me. He was Habibur Rahman khan of Kalpanai who later became Minister, KP Government. He told the meeting that he himself is against below specification works so why he should stand against an official demanding quality.

I do not remember the exact date but the year was 1984. Our Superintendent Engineer was on tour of Buner. His lunch was scheduled in a village of Chagharzai and dinner in Daggar at  XEN’s residence. I was asked to sat in the office and arrange dinner for the visiting officer. I was very exhausted and as the guests were about to reach the venue of dinner I lost my senses and and fell down unconscious. I was rushed to Daggar Hospital and the doctors tried to bring me back to senses.

As the S.E Sahib arrived, he asked for me. He was told what had befallen on me. He was very sorry and immediately issued my orders from Camp Office to Saidu High Way Sub Division.The Xen was not prepared to lose me but the high officer said, “Are you going to take his dead body to Swat.” I came to senses the next evening and after one day stay in the hospital, I was released from duty at Daggar after fourteen years, the longest stay a Sub-Engineer could have at one Station. On my arrival at Saidu Highway Sub Division, I was made Section incharge of Malamjaba, Jambil and Marghzar valley.

Three years before (in 1981), we have shifted to our village, Aboha. But I had the facility to use Government Jeep for my visits to these areas. The Driver, Ghulam Qadar was my school mate and we were having a good time together. The four storied PTDC Motel was near completion.The Austrian Government was financing the whole project including the access road from Salanda to the top. They also gifted two very heavy Snow clearing trucks, made by Mercedes Benz with cutting accessories and throwing snow to a distance of two hundred feet. A small snow clearing machine was also provided to clear the lawns. I and the Austrian expert trained four of our road employees to operate these heavy trucks. Duty at Malam Jabba was always a recreation for me. As a corrigendum, I want to add that Buner was not then made a District and it was a Sub Division of District Swat.

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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