Friday, July 6, 2018



The past 30 hours have been a whirlwind of travel involving a 50 kilometre walk from Rawalakot to Sehnsa yesterday evening (the remainder of this 6 and a half hour journey was completed by hitching an assortment of lifts from my co-citizens).

Then from Sehnsa to Mirpur this morning and onto Dadyaal in a hired vehicle. It is only this evening that I managed to get about 4 hours of much needed sleep.

Tomorrow is another hectic day of travelling, though the blisters on my feet will ensure that walking will be kept to a minimum.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018



A Red Letter day in Rawalakot, almost as late as a Belgian did seem at times.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 183 of 2018


There was a point in 1947 after the entry of Indian and Pakistani armed forces in the State of Jammu & Kashmir
When Neither India or Pakistan Wanted Kashmir

However, neither country was in the least bit interested in referring the national question of Jammu and Kashmir to the people of the territory (unless either was convinced that the majority of people sided with their respective claim).

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 182 of 2018


Today's blog entry is being written on my phone using the phone's local network which is painfully slow in processing. In fact, I thought I would miss the midnight deadline....

The internet service we normally use had gone AWOL. The local cable TV network's service was also absent today and thus we missed out on being able to watch today's FIFA World Cup fixtures.

It is always frustrating when you can't access a service that you pay for. The frustration transforms into angst considering that we are paying taxes for these services - that we don't always get when we need them - to a country that is not accountable to us in any way.

That is just one aspect of the many examples of inhumanity we confront on a daily basis in AJK. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 181 of 2018


We do leave it late at times.

The FIFA World Cup is engaging now that it's into its final 14 (as we speak and write)......

AJK to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar?

That is not as crazy as it sounds.

Let's discuss...

Friday, June 29, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 180 of 2018


You wanna proceed to your next mission. In fact, you want to fly at times or at least hit the ground running but......

This line of work never involves a straight line........the twists and turns are as serpentine as the rivers. It is important to remain consistent and composed.

Meanwhile, here's the latest interview of Mahmood Ahmed Musafir on JKTV:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 179 of 2018


Another day in Rawalakot.......still struggling to get in gear.....despite covering an important event earlier today.

....The battle lines are clearly drawn I would say.

Meanwhile, I'm still coming to terms with some tantalising news emerging from Muzaffarabad yesterday:

Come to think of it, I wonder what else is discussed (on our behalf) and with whom without our consultation?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 176 of 2018


How to invent a country?

The BBC has put a lot of effort into finding out......

They spent over 10 years of research in preparing this series for Radio 4

Listening to these podcats could give us a clearer perspective on the history of our own region over the past 200 years and a context for the contested space of Jammu and Kashmir between India, Pakistan and the subjects who reside within this territory.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of interviews of Mahmood Ahmed Musafir conducted by Sudhnuti News:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 173 of 2018


Achievement in terms of daily tasks set out in public interest are progressing very slowly, if at all. Society in AJK - like most societies throughout the world - is engaged in pursuits which can range from searching for their daily bread to commitments in respect of their families and thus, the scope for engaging in public interest activity is narrow and limited. It's within that confined space that people like me operate.

I've sustained my efforts for 13 years thus far and will continue to do so.

The hardships involved in activism affect all aspects of one's existence but with time, the determination and confidence needed also gets more intense. A critical breaking-point will emerge at some stage. Either the activist will withdraw their commitment or the system will crack.

We understand that our problems begin and end with India and Pakistan's occupation of our territory but it's the middle bit involving the socio-economic transactions of the affectees amongst themselves that needs attention and focus. Taking all factors - internal as well as external - into account and as daunting and unforgiving as they are, it is no surprise that our people look up to the world to help them out of the 70 year old impasse they find themselves locked in.

That is not the solution though.

Change begins at home, in our behaviour and mental approach in particular. Apart from everything else that I am doing, this is what I'm trying to concentrate on in Rawalakot. The people here have a relatively better chance of navigating themselves out of this quagmire, compared to other parts of AJK.