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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 56 of 2018

1809hrs:

Hopefully, when I eventually run at full steam, I should be blogging by midday. Anyway, this is some improvement. Possibly because it's a Sunday. Perhaps not.

Portmir.org.uk

The link above will take you to a page on the 'Birth of AJK Public Agency' where a discussion is taking shape.

I added the following comment earlier today:

In response to both Jatt Punyal and Reiss Haidar’s comments, I think it is important to initially identify the territory and in particular the geographical boundary of the polity where we seek change. Our rights as citizens are directly linked to the geographical boundary in which we reside. It would be hard – if not unfair – to concentrate on developing just one part of a territory and impractical to widen our efforts beyond the territory we live in. In other words, we should concentrate on defining and designing a system for AJK as a whole. Not for a part of AJK or for Pakistan or indeed other parts of the divided State of J & K. Pakistanis should concentrate on reforming the area within their jurisdiction and the citizens of Gilgit Baltistan, Jammu, the Valley and Ladakh should do likewise in their respective territories. In this way, we would be able to measure progress, make our public officials accountable and make sense of the link between taxation and representation. In AJK, we need to navigate ourselves out of the constitutional ambiguity we suffer from. In other words, the fact that we are not legally a part of Pakistan and neither are we an independent territory is precisely the vagueness that Pakistan is fully exploiting, whereby maximum power equals minimal responsibility.


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