The Imperial Gazetteer of India, compiled over a century ago describes the village and fort as follows:
The river, here 150 yards wide, is crossed by a ferry, and is the highest point in British territory where a ferry is stationed. The fort, which lies between Abazai village and the hills, was constructed in 1852, and has been very effective in preventing raids by the Utman Khel and Mohmands on British territory. It was made over to the border military police in 1894, and is held by 30 men of this force. Its chief interest now consists in the fact that it is close to the headworks of the SWĀT RIVER CANAL.