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IN THE EYE OF
Prepared by: Inamullah Yugovi
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HISTORY: SIRKITING IN THE EYE OF HISTORY:
Introduction: Baqir colony is very beautiful places in the premises of Yugo. Ancestor of this area belong to Gon, Khaplu that is why they are furthermore entitled as gonpas by yugopas .They are nonviolent, fair skinned and average statured people. As a Persian proverb tells “Har Gul ra Rang wa Boay Daygar Ast” means every flower has its own color and smell. In the same way, people of Baqir colony have some distinct persona and behavior, which make them special from other people. They are hard working, intelligent, self-respecting and a bit cooperative. Location: Sirkiting (Baqir colony) protectorate is just alongside the great mountain of Boort at Yugo. In the east of Baqir colony Kharfaq is located and in the west, Yugo is located. In the north of Sirkiting Balaghar is situated but in west of sirkiting Boorat is at located. The Chulong (watercourse) of yugo separate Yugo from sirkiting at Mabhorsay.People of Sirkiting term the people across the Chulong as “Yupa”(mean people of yugo) and label themselves as Sirkitingpa or Bqiri.More plainly people of Yupa are believed as Yugovi or people of yugo but due to identification purpose currently both Sirkitingpa and Yupa identify themselves as Yugovi. People of Baqir Colony: Population of Baqir colony is about 350.The natives of Baqir colony is mostly associated with agriculture. However, because of recent tendency of education and technological knowledge people are getting proficiency of modern epoch. At present, numerous natives of Baqir colony are farmer but there are also doctors, engineers, IT persons and teachers. Many people are servings as government employees and several people are working in far-off countries. Many people have moved to Khaplu and Skardu (cities of Baltistan). Whereas a number of students getting education in different cities of Pakistan. Common Necessities of life in Sirkiting:
Since the world has converted into a global village consequently, the people of Sirkiting are also gaining the reimbursement of modern science and technology. Today the people of Sirkiting have electricity, Telephone and different communication means. Now they restrain shops in sirkiting .They have a first-class supply line of Water spring pipes to provide drinking water. They have different conveniences due to paved road across sirkiting; they have a link road to the sirkiting to have transport facilities. Education system: There is a primary school for the children of sirkiting. Nevertheless, the school classes held in the village madrassah of sirkiting from eight to two pm .The madrassahs (religious school) of Sirkiting is offering religious education to the children of sirkiting. There was a time when the madrassah was one of the top most institutions among the other madrassahs of baltistan, due to hardworking and sincere teaching of Scholar Bawa Abdullah who made the students more fluent in Qiraat and Arabic. Yet today students attend classes of Tarjama (translation of Quran), Hadith, history and fiqh from the same Moulana. Therefore, this madrassah has a very good impact on the public and people of Baltistan. As Federal Government, boy’s middle school is now in the premises of sirkiting so students from sirkiting can get education at their door. At present Students get school education from the adjacent yugo schools and are known for their surprising brainpower and comprehension among the people of Yugo.
HISTORICAL FACTS: Apo Baqir an Akhond and religious clerk: Apo (means aged- person) Baqir was an akhond (molvi), originally from Baqir-pi Gon, Khaplu, was invited by yugopas to teach them Islam. In that era, people of yugo were practicing Noorbakhshi Islam. He accepted the request and came to yugo.For a course of time he people of yugo nourished him, but later he said that he should be given a portion of terrain so that he would cultivate it. Yugopas assured him to give rinthaqkhor, but Apo rejected by saying that you people
were giving me an engaged and refined land I needed an uncultivated land, the yugopas asked him about his intentions, he replied that I wanted sirkiting(which was full of thorn that time),that place was not yet cultivatable because the population of yugo was about 20 or 30 kin. He told them that he should be given that Cham(corner) so they gave him that location(Chatty mins) whose boundary was from Thqskampa Rahman’s present house to khlanjan to Sodaypi nang,(smorda tangs lo) and from Sodaypi nang to hldet phong,and from that to tso(lake) they marked it for him. As the area was full of thorns so he burnt the thorns that is why its name is termed s sikfi (burnt) ting (place).Then Apo set his house at NANGMAL and made a HLTNOOS () there, then he resided there. He had two sons (that time), and his two daughters were married in Yugo. His sons were not at home, there came a flood and its flow went on increasing. Apo was old enough to had his power of sight ended .His daughters rushed to his house so that their father might be saved ,when they reached there they saw that Apo was sleeping because he could not see what was happening. Flood was hitting the pillars of the house; they told him that flood is hitting house so he must go out because flood would wash the house. They took out him (troot fshan bayn fyongs). The daughters asked him where was his Shishaq(balgoos).Apo told that his kafan would not be washed away by water as he had placed them under the SHINGI Zdongbu,so the daughters went inside and took out his kafan and threw it in APO Haleem’s KhyooL(place for thrashing corns using feet). Then flood washed away his home, he said that this place was not worth able to live, so he came to present Residence area of sirkiting and made a house. Then his off -springs increased until there were 15 families in sirkiting. In addition, that time all were the professing Noorbakhshia Islam and Apo mala was the leading imam of congregational prayers for them. Baqir Doksa related Story: Apo Haleem had a small brother named Baqir, he was 2 or 3 years while he was crawling(baan kos).As Apo Haleem was the relative of Apo Alipa .Once his mother took him(Baqir) to Apo Alipa home where an old carpenter from Khaplu was working at yugo. He used to play with that garba who affected by smallpox. Consequently, that little Baqir affected by smallpox. People came to know that he
(Baqir) has affected, so they requested his father (Tangpa Rahman) to separate him from the village .His father took him at present Baqir doksa and dwelt in a cave and made a wall of stone around the cave. His family used to bring food for him and they were superstitious enough that they held thorns with them, as they believed that smallpox could not affect a person with holding thorns. Therefore, they put the food at Sog thang and called Apo to take meal. At last, that child passed away and he buried him in a small grave and return back to home after washing his body. That is why the place is still termed as Baqir doksa (baqir’s dwelling). Once People of Baqiri were grazing their goats when they found that, the bones of small child were visible inside the grave as a long period passed. Apo Mala tale: To get education Apo Mala sent his son to Kharkov, Keris and Shigar. As Meers were married in their own families so he went to different Meers, then he went to Delhi, Hindustan because there was not a proper structured madrassah in baltistan that time. Hatred and discriminations against Baqirpas: Those days Yupas used to hated Baqirpas; by saying that, they were outsiders. They boycott (Grongfes byas) , teased them(itu duok chuk pin suk) and separated the Khlas,and said “ we will not keep you people with us “ so they were given a separate khlaas known as Bair-pi-khlaas, where Baa -khang,Raakhang and Chu- chus are still existed. Through Longma, they used to go there; for keeping and grazing cows etc. The rigorous detestation of yugopas to Baqirpas is clear from an event when during the reign of a Cho; Baqirpas took their Noures (goats herd) to Ghagharing and from there to Chumic. Similarly once, there was a tussle between Yugopas and Baqirpas. So the yugopas holding sticks in their hands near Ghonchul la and said;” we would not let Baqirpas take their Noures” and compelled the Baqirpas to take back their Noures; thus they went back and locked the Noures to homes. They sent two people to go to Khaplu and informed the situation that they used to take the Noures through Longma to khlaas but then they prohibited to do so, so the Cho sent two Botawa (police) with them.
The people brought out their Noures lead by Botawa so the people of yugo had no dauntless to stop them. On another occasion, yugopas stopped Baqirpas to go with their animals through Longma for grazing. So two Apo who wanted to go in Sooring .They climbed through bhlongma and reached Beedas. Then they went to mangfo Khangrat la and there to Bagat and from there cross the mountain and reach dindaq; and then from dindaq they went to paldoom and from there through the KHISA went to Baqir pi Khlaas. It is the reason that bawa Ibrahim too said that thing on tussle between Muhammad Zahir and Yugopas that if you would not cooperate with us (khitang you tsoq gotang bes na.) you people will still be treated. Ahlehadees Religion in Baqir Colony: With the passage of time, some people in yugo accepted Ahlehadees as they went to India to earn and engulf the Ahlehadees sect. Nevertheless, people of Baqir colony were still Noorbakhshi. Maajan, Sooday and Apo Noor- Ali accepted Ahlehadees in Delhi and came back. Apo-Mala used to lead prayer those days. That Masjid was in Fyaqkhoot, these people used to offer their prayers separately. After a period, they decided to construct their own mosque and started to collect wood. Apo-Mala wrote a letter to his son who was getting education in Delhi. Moreover, he told him the whole situation, his son replied; “Dear father their Religion is right so accept it”. Apo mala accepted Ahlehadees after reading that letter. Although his son was still in Delhi so the people of Baqiri accepted Ahlehadees following their imam. They gather chandah (Charity) and gathered wood and start building the mosque. The name of builders were engraved on the mosque which were Muhammad Jan, Ghulam Rasool and Dervish. Those days they not cut the wood but (bjoq pin sok) .After that they used to offer in winter down and summer in upper. Bawa Molvi in achievements: In succession of the death of his father, Bawa Molvi made people to accept Ahlehadees. He built a madrassah he even did not accepted any salary but he
taught for Allah (Lillah). Only during Stropla to October students went to their home and in October after animals are set free in Baltistan (nor bang fottang mi wakhla)in fields ; after reaping the crop they came one by one to him until,15 to 20 students were there from Khaplu,balghar,kuru,keris, sermik and ghawari even some Noorbakhshi students were also there. Moreover, they used to take shelter in the town and brought their commodities (food). However, after that bawa molvi gathered fitrah and Zakat from people by telling that he was teaching children and used to distribute those things among them. By doing, such great work at last Bawa molvi died and origin of education terminated. It s told about bawa molvi that once while he was teaching in madrassah; a minister came and asked him; “what you are doing? “ He told; “I am teaching children”. So minister asked him that he would give him salary for teaching .But molvi replied;”I am teaching it for Lillah”, as there was excess of things those days but after the flood there was hardship and difficulties. Many famous scholars got education from bawa molvi like Bawa Qadir, bawa Razaul Haq, Bawa Mosa, Bawa Raheem, Bawa Younus, Bawa Samad Balaghar, Bawa Ahmad. From Khaplu and Barah Noorbakhshi also came to him, he taught them their Noorbakhshi books like Dawat e Sofia, Usool-e-Etiqdia and Fiqah –eAhwat. As bawa, molvi used to give taweez and recited dam so people of Kharfaq gave him some land in return. However, people extended their land (agay peechay Na sa fuls). Even their family has a tsar, which they reap. They also have choolis for bawa molvi, as they were believer in these things. Apo Rahman sold his part to Qasimpa. Qambar and Jafer exchanged their land with Apo Qadir (Bawa Molvi’s Son) in Nyaboorat; and gave to malapa family. Hajji Abdul Rahman Almakki: Hajji Abdul Rahman makki was also a prominence personality among the people of Baqir colony. He acknowledged for his medicines and Hakeem profession not in Baqir colony only and yugo but also in other parts of Baltistan. He was a scholar and spent his life as a Hakeem in different parts of the world. He spent most of his
life in Damascus and then in that time Saud Arabia. He was one of the Tabeeb-ekhas (family doctor) of Royal family. He performed Hajj many time and spent a major part of his life in Makah .therefore, he is famous, and as Hajji Makki, many people know him as Hajji Gloom. Then he came back to his hometown and served people. People all over Baltistan came to him for their treatment .He spent his life as a famous Hakeem in baltistan and visited many places like turtuk, Tyaqshi, Shigar and Balaghar etc. But when he was died people of Yugo did not attended his funeral prayer as they boycotted his family over the issue of Thang Hrza land but luckily Moulana Abdul Wahhab call all the students and scholars of Jamia Darululoom to offer Namaz jinazah and thus he had more people in Jinazah than number of Yugopas people . Then during the Namaz jinazah, after his dead body was keeping in the grave people of Yugo made Blasting at some distance from the spot to show their pleasure and enmity with the great Hakeem and Moulana his family over the dispute of Land. This blasting at his death as a pleasure during funeral prayer was an act, which would even a Kaafir, could not envisage doing, but people of yugo did it Malongpa Rahman Contributions for the Independence of Baltistan: Malongpa Rahman; who was also called Malongpa Ghoot; He used to say that there will be a great fight (thangoo) between Muslims and Hindu and thus used to make moorchas in his house by making holes from one wall to another and other defense tactics. He contributed a lot during the war of independence of Baltistan.He trained a group of volunteer force who were going to fight the enemy at Thorgu Pari,so the force was succeeded in its intention and thus a brave person of Baqir colony made a good contribution for Independence of Baltistan. Mala Karim (famous Blacksmith) says that I retain information when there were only 12 families in Baqir colony. Only Apo Haleem has no son, but these days there are 24 or 25 families in Baqir colony, am 60 years old within my life the population has doubled. Qabza on Baqirpas land: after an interlude of time, yugopas extended their lands in Tangpa Alipa Gholong and Midou- land up to Troqpi Hrkaah. As they contemplated that only one person (mi chik sa la day say sa) should not be given
such a large land ;so they taken over it here and there Beethang , Khlanjan and the area of tangpalipa are occupied by yugopas. On the land dispute, Yugopas said that you people ha given only marked area (smorda tang se min fosa). You do not have land anywhere else. However, the situation is that wherever yugopas have hissa (occupation); people of sirkiting should also give their part like that of Thangwa and Boorat where Baqirpas had given hissa. Therefore, where there is a khalsa Baqirpas have equal right to get that part. “Ah! You people are meandering, you people are cooperating with munshi, and bullying” this was the comment of Tangpa of Yugo. They came at night rising slogans against munshi, Sirkitingpas goddamn you! they came to demolish the house, they sent people to take him, Zahir consented but bawa Hajji not allowed him to go. As they sought after to beat and torture him so Chieftains (Tangpa Tsarma) came abusing, but after failing to search out Zahir they went and demolished the house. Cooperation of People of Kharfaq with Sirkiting people People of Kharfaq lend a hand in many times to Baqirpas they gave SKAMLONG for Ursah(reaping) and they took grass it to home through Smorda to Blongma.For 2 years people of Baqirpas took their cows(baang )for grazing(tsoa) in SPANGSER.They also gave the area of Reening for grazing goats. They gave Reening to Baqirpas to reap it. Therefore, they took care of Baqirpas many ways. Family and Family milieu: Apo Baqir had four sons from which all the natives of Baqir colony belong: 1-Karimpa: Qamberpa ,Jafer, bawa Masood, Ldon Kareem bawa hajji 2-Thaqskmpa: Thqskampa Rahman, karim, Abdullah, Arzi pa 3-Azizapa: Sodaypa, Kowatfowa, Akhmad khan pa 4-Malongpa: Mala Karim, Malongpa Abdullah, Malongpa Ismail Mala Abdul Kareem Says:”I remember there were 12 families in Baqir colony (Sirkiting) which were following:
Thqskampa, Apo Soday, Kwatfoo, Apo Jaffer, Apo Haleem (api Zara, Kazimpa Yusuf, Balaypa), Malongpa, wahid, Arzipa, Thqskampa.” “So there were 12(tootpas) families in 1949-1965, now there are 24 families (tootpas).” Floods in Baqir colony: There were four floods in Baltistan that has its diverse effects on the people of Baqir Colony: 1919 A.D :The first flood that was of low intensity (up to daarkhang canal) but after 3 years later there was a flood huge water qambar pa house was washed away. Every thing demolished that time Thangwa and Boorat were not cultivatable. In yugo that was up to Sooq-khorng 1921-22 A.D: Second flood struck the area of Baqir colony and Yuwa up to Apo Heen q house. Khanqas wall fell down. 1925- 26 A.D: There was the third flood in Baqir colony and suburbs after 3 years of second flood 1931A.D: The last flood was low of intensity that was up to khlanjan Jing Therefore, there were nine floods within 9 years. People had nothing and were desperate .So many people migrated to Khaplu and Skardu. Therefore, after 1931 flood clogged people say that 2031A.D will be 100 year after the huge flood. So there’s record of gap between every 100 years in Baltistan,Api Tangpa was 5 year for ,but during 1931 she was very old and become blind and immoveable .She said that 1831 flood was one up to one step(thimba tak) that time up to 3 -4 steps(thimbas) of Khanqa was leveled by water. Name of Some Places of Baqir colony: Here the names of different land tracks of Baqir colony are given:
Beethang, Khlan Jann,Gongma thombos,Hltepla,Nangmal,Baqir doksa,bagatting,Bolongma,bizbira,Klan khan ,Sas- pang,Gholong inng,Spousing,Khlyang Fong,hldet Fong,Akha hstaru,Ghon-chul- la,Hzgal.
Note: Balti words and places shown in bold-italic form in this article. (Inamullah Yugovi) References: 1-Interwiew of Maila Abdul Kareem (special thanks) 2-Quarterly Alturas 3-Kaarwan Adab Khaplu
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