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In colonial annals one of the toughest fights took place here in 1895 and graphically described by the young Winston Churchill in the book that catapulted him to fame, The Story of the Malakand Field Force. The military post then established continues to function till date. On July 26, 1897 the post was beseiged by Swatis under the leadership of Mulla M~stan whom the British dubbed as the "Mad Mulla". He was a man of firm beliefs and preached the need for freedom from the colonial usurpers. After an intense conflict the British garrison was relieved by reinforcement troops. Many of the fallen British soldiers are buried in the cemetery in the bazaar. A few years later, in 1901, railway was extended from Nowshera to Dargai at the foot of the Malakand Pass in order to bring these tribes under control.

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