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Welcome to the land of District Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Your host here: Executive District Officer Information, Malakand Shamsur Rahman Shams, Kachukhel of Dheri Alladhand.

This Web Site was launched in 2001 by the then Executive District Officer Information Shamsur Rahman Shams Kachukhel of Dheri Alladhand village in Malakand Agency. Shamsur Rahman Shams is nowadays posted in Peshawar as Deputy Director Technical in the Directorate of Information. The idea behind the website is to introduce the historical land of Malakand in the world where the British ruled for centuries and there exist a lot of remains of the British era. Any suggestion and guideline for making the website more useful should be emailed to SHAMSUR RAHMAN SHAMS on:  edoinfo@yahoo.com

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MALAKAND DISTRICT
MALAKAND DISTRICT, having an area of about 952 square kilometres and a population of over 4.5 lakhs as per population census of 1998 is situated in the lower reaches of the Swat region. Its limits start when the last boundary of Shergarh village in Mardan District touches the outskirts of Sakhakot village as one travels from Peshawar to Swat on the main highway. At the meeting point between Shergarh and Sakhakot, police and custom check posts are functioning and the point is known as Sakhakot Board. Travelling through Sakhakot one enters Dargai village, which is followed by the mountainous terrain of about 15 kilometres known as Malakand Pass or Darrah Malakand much less difficult to cross than before because of a mattled road in it now. Crossing through the same hilly pass you will enter the countrys largest Batkhela Bazar. You proceed onwards till Landakay village where the limits of District Malakand end and District Swat welcomes you. In ancient history the name of Malakand has appeared as Mala Kund or Mullah Kandao. There exist different versions vis a vis its genesis as Malakand. Some historians say that the word Malakand is a combination of two Persian words i.e mala and kund. In Pushto mala means aamail (garland) and kund means ubo (water). They give the impression that when anyone crosses the Malakand Pass the river Swat looks like a mala (aamail). Another concept is that the name Malakand has been derived from the words Mullah Kandao. Those who believe on this concept take it as combination of two words---Mullah and Kandao. Mullah means a religious saint and Kandao means a lofty place. Some people term the name Malakand as Mlakandao which means curved like the backbone of the body. The version that looks more convincing is based on the premise that due to the very steep nature of the pass, travellers after reaching its top, would complain of backache and thus ask for kund which in Pashto is a tonic for restoration of normalcy, and Mala in Pashto means for me-- and thus Mala Kund that is tonic for me gave the name Malakand to the small hamlet on the top.  All the notions about the name of Malakand have one point similar and that is the characteristic of being a difficult territory or place to climb on. In fact it is situated on a curved line almost in a zig zag position. Many poets in the past have also termed the mountainous terrain very difficult to negotiate. Khushal Khan Khattak describes in one of his couplets that the pony riders will find it more difficult to climb on the path going to Malakand and cautions those having lamb feet not to think of climbing on the Malakand pass.  Any how the name Malakand is now-a-days an important and well-known name and has been adopted in the same form by many other villages in the Swat and Dir districts.The area surrounded by Malakand--- on the south till Sakhakot Board, on the north Pull Chawki or Chakdara Bridge, towards the east till Landakay and to the west till Kot Agra comes in the limits of Malakand District. In addition to the above clarification Malakand is bounded on the north by Lower Dir district, on the east by the district of Buner, on the south-east by Mardan district and south-west by Charsadda district and Mohmand Agency. It is also bounded by a range of mountains on the north-east separating it from district Swat and another range of mountains to the west separating it from Bajaur and Mohmand agencies.

INTRODUCTION

Shamsur Rahman Shams Kachukhel son of Alhaj Mohammad Khan of Mohallah Khan Palaw, Dheri Alladhand village of Malakand Agency, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. Presently residing in Peshawar. 

Qualifications & Experience: MA (Journalism):Peshawar University, MA (Pashto):Peshawar Universit. L.L.B: Law College, Peshawar University. Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. Peshawar University. Certificate of Dispenser from NWFP Medical Faculty, Peshawar. Pharmacy Certificate from Pharmacy Council, NWFP, Peshawar. Hon. Degree in Journalism from Institute of Journalism, Peshawar. Hon. Certificate in Mass Communication from Institute of Journalism Peshawar. Worked as Sub-Editor The Frontier Post, Peshawar for 5 years. Worked as Working Journalist with The News (Int.) for Two Years. Worked as Chief Editor of an English weekly The Sunday Morning from Peshawar (now stopped) for one year. Worked as a column writer for the Pashto section of Daily Jihad, Peshawar under “Nawee Taza”. Presently Shamsur Rahman Shams is working as Deputy Director Technical Directorate of Information Peshawar. He remained Press Secretary to different provincial ministers and secretaries.

Wrote for about one year in The Khaleej Times especially highlighting different literary activities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa old name as NWFP.

Thirteen years experience in Computer Programming, computer graphics designing, Coral Draw designing, Internet Tools, Web Site designing, Swish and Flash designing, Web Sites uploading, along with full command on running the following Soft Ware:

1). Coral Draw all versions. 2). MS World (Full) along with quick typing experience. 3). Photo Shop (All versions). 4). Macromedia Dreamweaver (All versions). 5). Swish (all versions). 6). Flash (All versions). 7). Urdu soft wares along with quick Urdu, Arabic, Pesrian and Pashto typing experience. 8). Running digital cameras and setting of video and photography using different computer softwares. 9). Besides publishing hundreds of English, Urdu and Pashto articles in different dailies he also published the following books in English:

The Poets of Malakand (1989). NWFP on Road to Progress. Evolution of Pashto Journalism in Malakand. (1996). A Lost hero of the Independent Movement. (1998).  The Custodians of Malakand (2003).

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The District Nazim Malakand Engineer Muhammad Humayun Khan inaugurating the www.malakand.8m.com. The Web Master Shamsur Rahman Shams is also present.