The five districts of Swat: the valley of Swat is divided into five districts, viz:
- Abazai and
Of these Baizai and Ranrizai are situated to the south and Khadakzai, Abazai Khwazozai to the north, of the river Swat.
- The Akozai or tribe inhabiting Swat: The inhabitants of Swat are the Akozai, a division of powerful tribe of Yusufzai, other divisions of which are Dir to the west, and Buner to the east, of Swat.
- The five clans of the Akozai: The five districts, above mentioned their names from the five clans of the Akozai, by which they are held. The two clasn of Khadakzai and Abazai are far inferior, both in power and territory, to their brother clans.
The “tappas” or sub divisions of Swat:
5.The three powerful clans of Baizai and Ranrizai (Cis Swat) and Khwazai (Trans Swat) are further divided into the following ‘tappas’ or cantons:
- The Baizais into Jinki Khel, Azi Khel, Matorizai, Babuzai, Aba Khel, Musa Khel and Khan Khel.
- The Ranrizai into the Ali Khel, Utmanzai, Khwazo Khel, Bahram Khan Khel, Usmani Khel, and Sultan Khel.
- The Khwazozais into the Hadinzai, Shamozai, Nikpikhel, Shamizai, and Sibujni.
The sub-divisions of the Khadakzais and Abazais are too insignificant to call for special notice.
- The Chiefs of the two great parties in Swat are on the one hand Sherdil Khan, the present Khan of the Ranrizais, and on the other Abdul Hanan, better known as Miyan Gul, the son of the AKhund of Swat.
- Both covet and aspire to the sovereignty of the whole valley, but neither is likely to succeed in obtaining it during the lifetime of the Akhund; the former, because, whenever, he may be on the verge of doing so by force of arms, he will assuredly be checked and restrained from advancing further by the religious influence and peremptory mandate of that all-powerful and revered saint…
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REPORT ON THE LEADING PERSONS AND STATE OF FACTIONS IN SWAT (1876) BY CAPTAIN T. J. C. PLOWDEN BY CAPTAIN T.J.C PLOWDEN, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN CHARGE OF YUSUFZAI
(Part 1… To Be Continued)