Thursday, 17 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 290 of 2019


Missed out on yesterday's entry without even realising until the early hours of this morning, while driving back - down South - from Muzaffarabad.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 288 of 2019


Pushing on..even from a position of standstill......We were denied entry to Chakothi bazaar 3 days ago. Our purpose was merely to investigate the sentiments of the local people, in relation to the dharna (sit-in protest).

Today we decided to use some moral pressure in numbers (34 co-citizens in total) to convince our local administration to explain to the 'shadows' operating in this territory without legal reference, to not obstruct public interest here.

The police at the containers offered to take us to the DC (Deputy Commissioner), who they insisted was all-powerful in making such a decision to allow us (3 co-citizens and 2 policemen) to proceed to Chakothi. Of course, the DC isn't all-powerful at all. The latter also ensured that he wasn't available......we made a fruitless trip to Chinari and onto Hattian without a trace of him anywhere.


In the late afternoon, the following news emerged:


Another female perspective taken yesterday. This lady was also on a 24 hour hunger strike at the time of interview:


Monday, 14 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 287 of 2019


Day 11 of the 'Freedom March' and Day 9 of camping out at Jaskol, 7 kilometres from the LOC.

After 12 co-citizens began a 24 hour hunger strike at 5 pm yesterday, another 28 co-citizens including 3 female citizens decided to conduct a similar hunger strike for 24 hours, which began at 10am this morning:


This is amongst the more biting commentaries of Dr. Nazir Gilani:


Meanwhile, another large event (process possibly) is shaping up over the next few days. It's destination, the centre of power in AJK viz. Muzaffarabad:


This clip merits introspection:


Sunday, 13 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 286 of 2019


Today, I'm going to spend a bit more time at the dharna (sit-in protest) at Jaskol, about 7 kilometres from the LOC, where thousands of our co-citizens have camped or visited since the 6th of October.

I might even deliver a live video or two, if I get the opportunity.

We did try here but the connection was alas, not strong enough:


Meanwhile, our female co-citizens do not want to be left behind in this pursuit of relieving Srinagar:


Gilgit Baltistan needs as much attention as us, if not more:


Haveli, which is more commonly referred to as 'Forward Kahuta' faces similar repression to that of Gilgit Baltistan. Haveli is remote as well as surrounded by the Indian army on 3 sides (East, North and South):

Translated thus:

In Forward Kahuta the administration have imposed Section 144 and workers of PNA (People's National Alliance) have been arrested for the alleged crime of putting up posters (in public spaces). 

Zoheb Arif, Tayyib Riaz, Zahid Hussain, Abdullah Haseeb and Mehboob ul Haq have been detained in the police station. PNA strongly demands that the arrested workers be released immediately 

4 hours later: 

Translated thus:

Kahuta: The fear of PNA (People's National Aliance). The (local) police released the political workers after detaining them for 4 hours. However, all pamphlets and flags were confiscated. 

Repeated threats of kidnapping (of political workers) were made. Demanding one's rights here (in AJK) invokes force (repression from the State) and (a continuing) drama over the freedom of Srinagar. 


Although this footage was recorded a couple of days ago, it does have a good portion of English commentary by yours truly:


A press conference at Jaskol to update us all of the current status of JKLF's 'Freedom March' from Bhimber to Srinagar via Chakothi:




Saturday, 12 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 285 of 2019


We had consulted with AC (Assistant Commissioner) Hattian a couple of days ago... 

Here's an explanation of what happened today, in Urdu:


This could be footage from a couple of days ago when various parts of Neelam came under fire from the Indian side of the 'fence':


I'm really glad that the BBC decided to give space to this civilisational pursuit, that took place on the 4th of October. The footage is all ours:


Highlighting climate activists once again:

In London presumably

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 290 of 2019

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