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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 295 of 2019

0803hrs:

A beautiful morning on the banks of the Kishenganga in Muzaffarabad. A huge contrast to this day in 1947.


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Monday, 21 October 2019

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 293 of 2019

0727hrs:

Preparing for another visit to the LOC. This time in Smaahni sector.

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Meanwhile, many of my co-citizens are gearing up for:



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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 292 of 2019

1057hrs:

We cannot take our eyes off Gilgit Baltistan. Not least because it is the most strategic part of the erstwhile territory of J & K:


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Friday, 18 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 291 of 2019

1715hrs:

Trying to put words together to describe the experience of the past 3 weeks away from home....

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This is an example of indirect democratic representation of AJK in a mature Western democracy. We understand that Irfan Shabir originates from Rawalakot:



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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 290 of 2019

2248hrs:

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

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I would describe the following as 'pro-activism'. That is, anticipating the threat level for public rights activism in AJK:



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The following quote is symptomatic of our status:




Translated thus:


It is unfortunate that the land of Gilgit Baltistan has always been fertile for foreigners but detrimental for locals.


Nawaz Khan Naji (Member of the Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly)


End of translation....


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Amongst the last speeches of the JKLF 'Freedom March' from the 4th of October to the 16th, by its president (AJK & GB Zone) Toqeer Gilani at Jaskol, in the presence of the AJK prime minister yesterday:




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For the sake of clarity and context, here is the relevant portion of the video footage where words were exchanged between the PM of AJK and myself:




Transcription translated into English thus:


Raja Farooq Haider:


Our responsibility...This is our responsibility - of Kashmiris - that we have to save our State (of J & K) and also save the State of Pakistan. Remember this advice of mine...(repeat) remember this advice of mine. If no-one is watching our back, it will become very difficult for us. Remember this advice of mine. Don't ever forget this (point). Oh my brother of Kotli..he's shaking his head (vigorously) indicating No - No. I'm looking at him from here. 


(Interjection from someone close by: "Tanveer Sahaab"). 


Ok.Tanveer. Right. 


(My response: "I don't agree with you!")



Fine. You don't agree with me. So, I want to say.....


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The women of Jammu & Kashmir will choreograph our deliverance from occupation. Parveena Ahangar is one of them:




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Was this inevitable?



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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 288 of 2019

1403hrs:

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.


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In the late afternoon, the following news emerged:




Note:

The UN delegates visited and met the JKLF leadership at the UNMOGIP office in Muzaffarabad, not the LOC at Chakothi. Apparently they cited the reason as not being able to obtain an NOC from the Pakistanis!

Isn't that farcical? A country that has no legal status in J & K is able to dictate whether or not UN delegates can visit any given part of AJK, even if the AJK prime minister is inviting them!

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




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Monday, 14 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 287 of 2019

1819hrs:

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:

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




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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:





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This clip merits introspection:



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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 286 of 2019

1259hrs:

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:




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




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




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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. 


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




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




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Sharda:



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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 285 of 2019

1519hrs:

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

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



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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':




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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:



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Highlighting climate activists once again:

In London presumably
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Friday, 11 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 284 of 2019

2349hrs:

........Facing losses.........for lack of security........

Then I was invited impromptu to the following programme:



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The citizens of GB needs our support in such circumstances. We all go through these tribulations:



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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 283 of 2019

1922hrs:

The momentum is getting stronger by the day...almost everything that has happened since the 5th of August has taken all of us by surprise....

We are now in a position to start uploading content....

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We understand that there has been very heavy cross-fire and shelling between India and Pakistan in various parts of the Neelam Valley today. Even Sharda is affected once again. Here's some specific news:




Areas affected:

- Sharda
- Khwaja Seri
- Dosut
- Tejian
- Dudhnial
- Lawaat

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A history lesson won't go amiss amidst the cacophony of voices near the LOC at Jaskol, near Chakothi:



Translated thus:

On the night of the 24th of November (1947) and on the morning of the 25th of November (1947) the Pakistani army using cannons bombed the (old) city of Mirpur.

Alongside this bombing, tribal (Pathans) and the Pakistani army attacked Mirpur. The city's protective gates were thus broken, to facilitate their entry. 


Doomsday broke out in Mirpur. 

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This sounds ominous but is very true:




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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 282 of 2019

1336hrs:

Yesterday's post was overlooked. When you're deeply involved in activity on the ground, as we are - 7 kilometres short of of the LOC at Chakothi - this is understandable.

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If I could convert 24 hours into 48 hours a day, I would have devoted half my time to Gilgit Baltistan. This is the next best thing. Cover them wherever and whenever possible:





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This was dreamt of 10 years ago while breaking this cultural deadlock in AJK has taken almost 73 years:




Here's another example of coverage in Indian media of this historic event:



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A day late and even later to upload to Youtube:



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We thought of this together:



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Monday, 7 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 280 of 2019

1747hrs:



Translated thus:


We will not talk to anyone. Discussions will take place with a representative of the UN (United Nations Secretary General) and with representatives (of the 5 permanent members) of the UN Security Council. 


President Toqeer Gilani - Press Conference (at sit-in protest - Chinari)  


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Art and tears:




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BBC active in AJK once again:



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Here's some background commentary by Ravinder Pandita on cross LOC people to people contact in Jammu & Kashmir with reference to promoting Sharda: 



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So, the AJK prime minister has written the following letter to Pakistan's foreign minister while copying the same to the UN Secretary General's office and the ambassadors of P5 (the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council) in Islamabad, Pakistan:

Raja Farooq Haider's letter to UN via Pakistan's FM
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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 279 of 2019

2318hrs:

On the precipice of internal change in AJK....

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The JKLF led 'Freedom March from Bhimber to Srinagar via Muzaffarabad reaches Chinari at 1440 hrs:



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Later in the evening, once the emotions had cooled down, by the containers at Jaskol:



Translated thus:



Saturday, 5 October 2019

Friday, 4 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 277 of 2019

2359hrs....

With a few seconds to spare......

Muzaffarabad is sending a signal of high alert to China, India, Pakistan, the UK and the US of A.



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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 276 of 2019

0315hrs:

This echoed my sentiment all day yesterday, the day before and on many days prior to that, since landing in 2005:



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Public interest in GB:



Translation:



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There are 2 such billboards erected in Muzaffarabad:


Curfew Clock - Naluchi Bridge - Muzaffarabad

A pity about the use of the word 'concious' which should read as conscience. Not to worry as this is a reflection of our society's approach to many things in the public domain.

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Daily Diary (DD) - Day 296 of 2019

2216hrs: Intrigue continues............I'm still playing catch up...... .......