Friday, 28 January 2022
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Monday, 24 January 2022
The sun is returning today after an absence of 3 days. Now, I hope to finally resume my 'Public Policy Workshop' at Shaheed Chowk (Martyr's Square) Kotli shortly.
Malik Waseem is still stuck at Saddar police station in Muzaffarabad. The Commissioner of Muzaffarabad Masood ur Rehman appears to be engineering the transfer of Malik Waseem to jail amongst other contrivances. It is also alleged by Waseem that Masood ur Rehman is personally set to benefit with 2 kanaals (10,890 square feet) of land in the vicinity of where Waseem was evicted from. A similar allegation is also being made - 1 kanaal (5,445 square feet) in this instance - about Khwaja Imtiaz (brother of Khwaja Farooq current MLA of PTI and holding the Muzaffarabad city seat). Waseem alleges there to be a third beneficiary too who he is still trying to clarify.
It should also be noted that Masood ur Rehman obtained his MSc in public policy from Kings college London UK through a Chevening scholarship. So, effectively British tax payer money has been used to fund the education of an AJK citizen who later becomes a bureaucrat and repeatedly murders public interest here. This point has also been made in my letter to the British government, which will be made public in due course.
It should also be clear that a vendetta like situation is emerging as the 'powers-that-be' try to consolidate their coup, having evicted Malik Waseem. They are countering the allegations made by Waseem through highlighting the supreme court decision against him. They even got someone in the UK to send me some harsh messages via WhatsApp, which I will elaborate on in due course, if necessary. They also sent me a voice clip of Malik Waseem's adversary outlining his stance that I wasn't aware of the other side of the story. They haven't enabled direct communication of me with him and I am keen to learn his side of the story.
Irrespective of what has occurred and will occur in due course, I wish to use the case of Malik Waseem as a case study (reference) to explain how the rich exploit the poor using the system as a tool. How both the 'land' and the 'people' of this territory are manipulated to cement external occupation of this territory and promote internal strife. By reopening or publicising Malik Waseem's case we can explore - exactly what happens - to execute such operations. How land documents are tampered with, how money is circulated within the system to contrive results in favour of the powerful, against the powerless. Even if it surfaces that Malik Waseem is at fault somewhere down the line I am willing to accept that. It will still be a victory for public interest becomes it will lead towards transparency of the system.
For those that insist that nothing can be done in Waseem Malik's case because the supreme court has given its verdict, need to understand the following provision:
Curative powers of the supreme court - court can reopen a case to cure or correct an error.
A sunny day after what seemed many a day:
Sunday, 23 January 2022
Saturday, 22 January 2022
Friday, 21 January 2022
اگر حکومت آزاد کشمیر حق خودارادیت کے لئے اپنے حصے کے اقدام نہیں کر سکتی، تو الحاق پاکستان کی شرائط کیسے طے کر سکتی ہے؟@PMOAJK @ChLatifAkbar1 @farooq_pm @tariqfarooq60 @ImranKhanPTI @MaryamNSharif @BBhuttoZardari @JIPOfficial @OfficialDGISPR— Syed Nazir Gilani (@JKCHR) January 21, 2022
Thursday, 20 January 2022
The land of Ratan Singh's descendants, adjacent to the 'Chatti Badshahat' of the Sikhs of Muzaffarabad and occupied by fellow affectees of the 1947 religious-based conflict in Jammu Kashmir & Allied took another horrible turn just after midnight.
Malik Waseem, his brother Naeem Malik, Naeem's son Asad and their maternal nephew Saad, 4 womenfolk and 3 children of their household were brutally manhandled by the police and taken away. For a while it wasn't clear where they had been taken.
An hour or so later it emerged that the women had been taken to a shelter while Malik Waseem's whereabouts have not been established yet (0405hrs). He had initially also been taken to the police station but then taken elsewhere (so we thought) but it became clear later in the evening that he had evaded arrest and remained 'underground' till he could obtain bail, unknown to the rest of us.
The land of Ratan Singh's descendants, adjacent 2 the #ChattiBadshahat of the #SikhsofMuzaffarabad & occupied by fellow affectees of the 1947 religious-based conflict n #JKA took another horrible turn just after midnight. Refugees of #Kupwara were arrested #JusticeForMalikWaseem pic.twitter.com/FH4gz2mxK5— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) January 19, 2022
KFD TV in the UK is also alert on this matter and communication is being established with the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland:
Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Of course, I am primarily consumed with the Malik Waseem case. This is their third day out in the cold. I felt a lot of anger inside me for 'allowing' this to happen. One always feel there is more that they could have done to prevent matters from getting this far.
In my morning conversation with him it became clear that mounting pressure is developing on him by the administration to make a 'deal' but his response is that why isn't his adversary given a 'deal'? Why is he being uprooted?
He also has the answer.
There is a new judicial complex being built nearby and that has increased the value of Ratan Singh's land. Land speculators want him out first, knowing that he and his family will resist - and is resisting - and they also know that the other members of the community may not put up such a resistance on their turn. It should be remembered that this is 'evacuee property'. It cannot be sold or commercialised - its occupancy can only be interim - until the evacuee's descendants return or some other amicable solution is arrived at, to the satisfaction of the people of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas. The Indians played ball on 'evacuee property' on that side until the 5th of August 2019 - in general - and as far as one has gathered from anecdotal evidence thus far. However, demographic changes are apace there now, we are informed.
In short, the 'big fish' want to gobble up the 'small fish' without mercy. The classic contest between strong and weak is in full flow.
This is why the Commissioner of Muzaffarabad Masood ur Rehman (remember him? does Mahmood Musafir ring a bell?) cannot agree with Malik Waseem's story, as pointed out in yesterday's weblog entry. Apparently, some bureaucrats and members of the judiciary have already worked out how much and who is going to benefit from this land grab.
The original Sikh owners are nowhere in the picture. The claiming adversary of Malik Waseem lives in the UK and will profit from acting as proxy. Someone needs to interview him, if possible.
Meanwhile, it may be notable to add that Malik Waseem's father Ghulam Qadir and his paternal uncle Wali Muhammad are retired soldiers of the Pakistani army. They have both appealed for help, protection and justice. In a sea of drowning hope, they have both made a plea to the Pakistani army to intervene:
Father Ghulam Qadir
Coverage of Waseem's family issue has expanded to various platforms on social media. Here's an example:
Kashmiri Pandits Observe 32nd Black Day https://t.co/ZOYmAcShE9 via @dailytimespak @manojsinha_ @ashokbhan11 @santoshkashmiri @rraina1481 @MuzzafarShah1 @tarigami @ghulamnazad @HCI_London @RahulGandhi @SheikhAamir_inc @Iftikhar_Misgar @MUHAMMA88520330 @AdvNeelofar— Syed Nazir Gilani (@JKCHR) January 19, 2022
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