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Monday, 3 December 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 337 of 2018

0704hrs:

Burning the midnight oil rather than an early start, on this occasion.

As I'm reading through academic notes/reports/thesis by others, here's a telling quote from a notable member of UNCIP (United Nations Commission on India and Pakistan) as narrated by Ershad Mahmud:

"Expressing his views at a meeting with the representatives of the Government of Pakistan on September 2, 1948, Josef Korbel, a member of the United Nations Commission on India and Pakistan, said: “By ‘local authority’ we mean the Azad Kashmir people, though we cannot grant recognition to the Azad Kashmir government.”[7] Besides these remarks, no other references could be found in the UNSC debate related to the status of the government of AJK". 

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So, the term 'local authority' means the people of AJK and not the AJK government according to the UN. Well, I have always maintained that the citizens of AJK are indeed its owners and the road to a solution to the Jammu & Kashmir dispute begins from this territory. Yet, I am still quite far from penetrating this concept of 'ownership' or OBMs fully into the minds of our people en masse.


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