Saturday, 21 July 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 202 of 2018


Having generated so much data over the years without organising or categorising it except marking each item by the dates on which each piece of audio, text, video or photo was created; means that I have to spend a lot of time just sifting through gigabyte (GB) after gigabyte of data to extract the pearls of wisdom that need to be analysed and published in public interest.

This takes days followed by weeks and months before one can publish something comprehensive and representative of the people's aspirations.

It is fortunate that I spent the winter of 2016 and the spring of 2017 sifting through all relevant data for the Citizen Public Opinion Survey Report - AJK , a summary of which was published on July the 13th last year. Now, I don't have that much to do to produce the detailed academic version of the report which I'm hoping to publish in a recognised academic journal soon.

That still leaves me with a substantial amount of data that I need to organise otherwise, not least to make sense of my work for our public (of AJK) as well as for the rest of the world in general.

As intimated in an earlier blog entry, not a day passes when some issue or the other related to governance is brought to my attention with an appeal for help.

For example, I received a call today from an employee of the Population Welfare Department who along with over a hundred colleagues of his hasn't been paid for over a year. In another example, a co-citizen expressed his anguish over his cousin being stranded in Cyprus and who wanted to confirm whether that country was a part of Europe (or rather the EU). 

Meanwhile, in Pakistan (with a general election campaign in full swing) it appears that the 'chickens are coming home to roost' vis a vis Pakistan's military and its agencies.

Western publications including the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal raise important questions about the Pakistani military's alleged role in orchestrating the upcoming result on the 25th.

Even a sitting High Court judge has by-passed protocol to implicate their role in Pakistan's governance:

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