Early starts are always good for one's health. Even at the grand old age of 46, it's never too late to develop a good habit.
I was asked by the person mentioned (at the beginning) of the following letter to send him an article on Mahmood Ahmed Musafir earlier last month. However, he was unable to present it as apparently - though somewhat belatedly - he felt that Mahmood Sb. needed to be a member of a political party to get his voice heard.
I would argue that in the context of AJK, we don't exist as a recognised territory anywhere and thus any aspiring collective force in our territory also suffers from the same limitations. As our problem is a collective one and as all - or even the majority - of our people are highly unlikely to mobilise around a single party-based political force, it is more pragmatic if we recognise the individual contributions of each other, while galvanising ourselves as citizens of a territory; whose progress depends on us being recognised by the rest of the world. As a 'nation' in our own right and not as an inconsequential flock lurking on the fringes of the 'Kashmir Conflict'.
If we can't productively engage with each other as opposed to infrequently talking 'at' each other, there is little point in us engaging with the world and trying to convince them of our plight.
Societies are made up of individuals and if we can't recognise individual contributions to public interest, we can hardly be considered a society, let alone a nation within a recognised geographic entity:
Here's the letter, for the record:
A report on the un-paralleled activism of Mahmood Ahmed ‘Musafir’ in AJK and Pakistan
For presentation at the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council (10 - 28 September 2018)
Via the activist Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza of Glasgow – Scotland UK and AJK diaspora
The PWD (Public Works Department) of the AJK Government had made a bogus bill of 22 lakh (2.2 million) PK rupees and digested the funds for themselves. The brother of Nisaar Malik has been enquiring about the details of these bills for the past 2 years from the concerned department but without any luck.
They kept me and my animals detained in the rain for 4 days. On the 5th day, a discussion was arranged between me and Raja Nisaar (Minister for Law and Electricity), with 2 members of the public present as witnesses. The minister accepted all 29 of my public demands to be genuine and worthy of attention/action. He asked for 4 to 6 months for the government to work on them. I responded by giving him a year. After which nothing happened.
By the evening, my eyes, brain and neck stopped functioning as normal. I then fell to the ground. The police took me to Ambor hospital and on the next day when I had recovered somewhat, I asked the police to take me back to my animals at Kohalla.
The discussion took place nonetheless. As witnesses, I had Advocate Kamran Baig (President JKNSF – Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation) and Sardar Zulfiqar (Vice Chairman AJK Press Foundation) who were local to Muzaffarabad; while Sardar Shamim of Sehnsa (and President Zardari shoe-throwing fame in the UK – 2010) and Tanveer Ahmed (this writer) were also present.