Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 80 of 2018


We have our first martyr from a peaceful a while.....

Monday, March 19, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 78 of 2018


There is so much to write about.........most notable perhaps is that the theme of the #WhiteFlags received a turbo-boost yesterday.

Raja Farooq Haider used strong language against it. The Pakistani State narrative, which the AJK 'Prime Minister' represents and is on oath to defend: is alarmed and rattled by the 'White Flag March' on this side of the LOC.


Meanwhile, here's a little speech from the 16th of March....This date will be debated intelligently for a long time to come.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 77 of 2018


When I woke up today.....about an hour ago (after another marathon 48 hour visit to Bratla and then to Kotli and Phagwari before returning to Dadyaal), this was the first item in my inbox. I feel shattered from both sides, the Indians and Pakistanis are waging war in our territory - not against each other but against our civilians. This video could've been images and cries from any side of the LOC, we wouldn't be able to distinguish if we didn't have captions:

Friday, March 16, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 75 of 2018


A phenomenal day...........I was already committed to this date in the a seminar in Bratla (District Kotli) on 'The Treaty of Amritsar' which took place on this day 172 years ago.

Meanwhile, I missed out on this significant event below....

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 74 of 2018


AJK on a knife-edge - just like the timing of this blog..almost.

Peaceful assembly in Districts Kotli and Poonch in preparation for a #WhiteFlag March from Tattapani (Kotli) to Madarpur (Poonch) tomorrow along the LOC - organised by the leading #JKLF group in AJK - has put the Pakistani narrative into a spin.

The local district administration in Kotli was made to work hard today to try and disperse the converging activists from various parts of AJK and Pakistan.

A separate 'putsch' of sorts was attempted by the local administration in Nikyaal where a White Flag and Signature Campaign by local activists and affectees of Indian and Pakistani cross-firing; has been gathering pace over the past few weeks.

The stakes are probably higher than ever before given the interconnected world we live in. Peaceful initiatives by the citizens and inheritors of the territory (and the Indo-Pak conflict): when obstructed in 2018 take seconds to reach London, New York, Geneve and other capitals of the world.

The moral argument within the Pakistani narrative that the public in Pakistani-controlled parts of the State of Jammu & Kashmir are satisfied with Pakistan's steering of their future, whilst in Indian-controlled territory the public are in revolt, is no longer arguable.

The fact that India and Pakistan agree on far more than they disagree on, always becomes apparent whenever the public in any part of the un-divided Jammu & Kashmir take pro-active measures for peace.

The 16th of March does have a history....fiercely contested within internal public discourse in AJK but tomorrow could shed light on what shape the future of this region may take. 

Note: The dashed grey lines on the East side of both maps above indicate the LOC or Ceasefire Line as some continue to describe it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 73 of 2018


From an early start..............most of the rest of the day was spent in downtime.........I wanted to visit Kotli and Nikyaal today.

To investigate a threat by the Deputy Commissioner (DC Kotli) of 'harsh action' if a persistent #WhiteFlag and #SignatureForPeace campaign in Nikyaal, conducted by victims and co-citizens of the LOC were not to be abandoned.

"Pakistan's reputation in the 'international order' is at stake" is the carrot end of the stick as far as creative and peaceful protest anywhere in #AJK is concerned.

We - the persistent victims - are not allowed to create agency for resolving the very tragedy imposed on us..

This is akin to being prevented from mourning our dead. DC Kotli is only acting as a pliable messenger. Don't target him - as a citizen - he is a part of the solution, not the problem.

It all begins and ends with the dominant narrative in the public domain. If the Pakistani State's national narrative gets upset by peaceful messages to the international community - including India and Pakistan - from AJK, then the Pakistani State has no moral ground to impose its presence here.

A lot of us speak about de-militarisation as a first step towards a durable peace (and solution). Indeed, some of us even give 'brazen' speeches in public space throughout AJK from time to time, to this effect.

How many of us have methodically thought it through and weighed it against what is practically possible?

A data (collection) public agency has been through this thought process and utilised a measure-able amount of collective public wisdom to give practical shape to an Ownership-Building-Measure (OBM).

In order to proceed, this agency now only lacks two (2) steps before being able to carry out its first measure of de-militarisation in AJK:

1) A consensus amongst the 1,000 most influential citizens of AJK (proportional according to population of each tehsil and excluding serving MLA's), followed by a consensus amongst the 29 MLA's directly elected from constituencies in AJK.

2) The creation of a security agency (or merging into data agency) to secure the space vacated by de-militarisation.

I couldn't leave home today, never mind visit Kotli or Nikyaal. The reasons should be obvious to my co-citizens.

I shall abide by the principle: "Neki kar - Sila na Mang"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 72 of 2018


I'm still awake. Trying to organise content in public interest. It's a slow process, not just in terms of net speed but also in terms of computing power. I could write a long list of technology and tools that I need but......

Here's the latest upload courtesy of Jammu Kashmir TV on Facebook:

This video relates to Mahmood Ahmed Musafir's Camel and Donkeys' March from Bhimber to Muzaffarabad on Day 12 (corresponding to Saturday the 10th of March or Day 69 of this blog). Here he proceeds beyond Mirpur District into Kotli District at Plaak:

I eventually fell asleep at 7am (0700hrs) and got up just before 11am (1100hrs).

Uploading videos continues on my Youtube channel:

This video was taken after 10pm (2200hrs) on the 8th of March:

The clips below were taken earlier in the evening that day (8th of March):

Reverting back to Jammu Kashmir TV on facebook for videos even earlier that day (8th of March)

Here's a scene from Hajeera Subdivision (Tehsil) Courts:

From the Courts we made our way towards the 'border' crossing-point in Poonch:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 71 of 2018


A good deal of rest was due. Today's target was finding 2,050 PK Rupees (about £13.33 in British pounds) from the public to renew my monthly internet service. Task accomplished by about 9pm (2100hrs).

I also enjoyed a good walk today, which was necessary after over a day of rest. The pace will get more intense as Spring marches on.

Here are a couple of links to some of the many videos made in the past few days.

Courtesy: Jammu Kashmir TV on Facebook

This is step 3 of the White Flag March towards a ceasefire in Hajeera/Poonch Sector of the LOC on the 8th of March:

This was step 1 and 2 of the White Flag March towards a ceasefire in Khuiratta/Kotli Sector of the LOC earlier on the 6th of March:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 69 of 2018


Almost 13 days of being out in the field from Bhimber to Hajeera and I'm exhausted.

There are so many questions in my mind...

What do I share on the internet? Text, Audio, Photo or Video? With who? On what platform? In what language? What is the right balance of information?