Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 260 of 2019


The confrontation between the Pakistani narrative and the internal narrative in AJK is going to get more intense by the day:

Translated thus:

Quit Jammu Kashmir Movement

- The formal initiation of an awareness/public contact campaign has begun from district Bhimber
- We make an appeal to all patriots of this land and pro freedom (activists/citizens) to fully participate in this campaign and to begin a struggle for a prosperous future 

The map is of all 10 districts in AJK. From South to North:

1) Bhimber
2) Mirpur
3) Kotli
4) Sudhnoti
5) Poonch
6) Haveli
7) Bagh
8) Hattian Bala
9) Muzaffarabad
10) Neelam Valley

End of translation....


Today, we have managed to reclaim a 90% success rate in daily blogging this year (2019).

That is, 234 days of 260 days this year have had a daily entry: 234 / 260 = 90%

This is a marked improvement on last year (2018).

That was, 255 days of 365 days last year had a daily entry: 255 / 365 = 69.9%

Last year was a drastic improvement on all the years before, since this blog came into being in 2008: 

(Year)  (Entries)  (Annual Percentage) 
2017:     5              = 1.4%
2016:     8              = 2.2%
2015:     5              = 1.4%
2014:     4              = 1.1%
2013:     7              = 1.9%
2012:     3              = 0.8%
2011:     51            = 14%
2010:     11            = 3%
2009:    37             = 10.1 %
2008:     18            = 8.3% (217 days of 365 from when the blog was created)

That gives us a mean average from the 10 years before 2018 of:  4.4% per year

We understand that many of our co-citizens as well as the net connected world in general use other more popular platforms for putting out their story e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wordpress etc. 

However, I prefer the functionality of this platform and it is my understanding that any aspect of my work can be referenced or pinpointed here, relatively easier than any other social media platform available.


Monday, 16 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 259 of 2019


The witch-hunt of AJK citizens opposed to the Pakistani narrative on Jammu & Kashmir continued throughout the night in Lower Plate, Muzaffarabad. The Pakistani agencies are doing their utmost to get as much work out of the AJK police and thus develop rifts within our society. 

This news filtered through at 0330hrs this morning:

Translated thus:

Last night in Lower Plate, Muzaffarabad 45 policemen and 10 plain-clothed personnel imposed a curfew and began stopping people at gun point to help them identify the houses of pro-freedom activists. 

During this procedure electricity was also cut off as the police strolled the area from Lahori Hotel all the way throughout the neighbourhood. Many houses were raided and a large contingent of white clothed personnel made life hell for the residents. 

Raids are being conducted at night, the peace of unarmed people is being disrupted and a very large crackdown has begun. 

End of translation of FB post...


Here's a copy of the FIR launched against 11 pro-freedom activists:


Sunday, 15 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 258 of 2019


We are getting increasingly concerned at the witch-hunt being conducted by the AJK police in Muzaffarabad of public activists, under the watchful eye and mentoring of Pakistan's roving clandestine agencies.

Kamran Mughal who was most vociferous at raising slogans in favour of Jammu & Kashmir's independence on the Pakistani prime minister's visit is reported missing:

Kamran was last seen in this video made yesterday (the 14th of September):

It should also be noted that Kamran's brother and brother in law were also picked up by the AJK police under instructions from Pakistan's agencies yesterday morning. They were detained all day and reportedly tortured so that they may disclose the whereabouts of Kamran. In the evening they were released after civil society intervened.

Meanwhile, 21 year old Khwaja Mujtaba Bandey remains in custody while the 7 other detainees have been released. He and I spent a week together in Sharda this summer, even scaling the heights of Narda Lake at 15,000 feet. He is into his 3rd night of incarceration today:

The Pakistani State must be held accountable for creating friction between the AJK police and the public. For showing a 'strong hand' in Muzaffarabad and in Hajeera recently where all 37 political prisoners were released unconditionally without charge earlier today.

There have been reports of torture under the instruction and supervision of Pakistan's roving agencies. Equipment of the earlier detained and released has been allegedly confiscated by them too.

As usual, the police and administration in AJK regret their helplessness in having to obey 'orders from above', from shadows that have no legal writ in this territory. 


Saturday, 14 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 257 of 2019


This following short video of the late General Hameed Gul has been doing the rounds on social media of late. It is unclear when and where this video was made, or indeed who is the Doctor Sahab that Hameed Gul is referring to. He died on August the 15th 2015 in Murree. 

In 2005, I remember making an unannounced visit to his home in Rawalpindi. He was kind enough to invite me in and we spent the next couple of hours discussing geo-politics, India-Pakistan and the 'Muslim World'. 

I wasn't inspired by the conversation and had been expecting to learn more than I actually did. Over the years, I became increasingly disillusioned by Pakistan's calculated policy on Jammu & Kashmir. In January 2010, observing General Gul share the stage with Lashkar-e-Taiba in Muzaffarabad infuriated me further.

However, every word he has uttered in this video has proved to be accurate - notwithstanding my opposition to Pakistan playing any role in Jammu & Kashmir - this must have been an exception. The old adage comes to mind: It's not who said it, it's what they said that matters:

This speech is so timely that I will translate every word of it into English here:


A list has been published of the 37 activists detained in Hajeera for marching towards the LOC, for a sit-in protest (dharna) at Tithrinote on the 7th of September in solidarity with their co-citizens across the LOC, who have entered their 40th day of an unprecedented curfew. These local activists are into their 8th day of incarceration:


Friday, 13 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 256 of 2019


City Police Station - Muzaffarabad is holding 8 public activists, for the crime of disagreeing to the Prime Minister of Pakistan making frequent visits to Muzaffarabad. They are also tired of listening to renditions of the 2 nation theory. They are yet more incensed at the Pakistani State pretending to be well-wishers of Jammu & Kashmir. 

Our Muslim neighbours to our West have the gall to criticise India for crimes in 2019 that they themselves have been committing in their controlled part since 1947. These are Muslim fascists criticising Hindu fascists for emulating their mindset.

This is not solidarity with us. 

This is something rather more sinister and our people have clocked on. Imran Khan's jalsa (convention) this afternoon in the capital of AJK was reportedly disrupted for over 40 minutes by chants of 'Kashmir Banega Khud-Mukhtar' (Kashmir will become independent). 

When the Indian prime minister visits the Indian controlled Valley, our people get arrested. Ditto for when the Pakistani prime minister visits the Pakistani controlled capital of AJK.

The Pakistanis get flustered whenever any of us compares them with India. They can be that hypocritical.

Here's a sample from today's event in Muzaffarabad:

It's just as well that the AJK police and the AJK public are almost on the same page:


Thursday, 12 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 255 of 2019


It's all within you. Success and failure. Hope and despair. 

Do your utmost. Have no regrets.

Everything noble, honourable and humane is possible.


Our 37 public activists who were arrested on the 7th of September remain incarcerated in Hajeera. We request global civil society to put pen to paper: 


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 254 of 2019


It boils down to this:


My sentiments entirely and for some years now:

The text in the FB post above reads as:

One of the rarest video on Kashmir in original dubbing. I still believe Maharaja Karan Singh has a greater role to play in the present scenario. Jai ho !

End of text in FB post......

Hence, my comment above the video.


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 253 of 2019


We have finally arrived at the most serious end of State (re)formation in J & K.


Good to see politicians in the UK pro-active on Kashmir but there remains a hazard:

I thought it fit to respond to this short, sharp yet highly informative video with the following remark within the post:

Everything you say is timely but your final suggestion in reference to the United Nations is deflective. I mean that it possibly deflects away the responsibility of the UK and is likely to confine the issue to regional bilateralism. There is a danger of us continuing to pass the buck between the regional and international order without any consideration for the local order in J & K, which holds the solution. 

End of my short speech to the Labour Party MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill..... 


Equally active perhaps is this MEP from the Midlands too:

He responded to my friend's query about the slogan 'Kashmir Banega Pakistan' (Kashmir will become Pakistan) in relation to Pakistan's claim of advocating for self-determination.

Phillip Bennion to Sagir Ahmed:

I opened my statement saying that calling for Kashmir to join Pakistan was one of the road blocks to a solution. At no point did he counter this in his reply. He did refer to the autonomy agreed by India in the original agreement with the Maharajah

End of Phillip Bennion's response in the FB post above......


Monday, 9 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 252 of 2019


The battle of ideas, rhetoric, slogans, emotions and wish lists continues expanding near Poonch city at Tithrinote on the dreaded LOC. Young and old alike.

Our future is in bold outspoken hands:


Lecture Notes

The 4 x 4 Mountain Exercise for Humanity in Jammu & Kashmir

Bridging narratives internally and communicating externally...

Short Bio: 

Since 2005, this writer has been voluntarily working as an independent researcher on the ground in AJK, a public policy activist and aspiring technocrat for the State of J & K via AJK: through public consultation, funding and protection; with working experience of international journalism, global media and UK parliamentary affairs.

A solution to Jammu & Kashmir's unresolved status can only be executed if the citizens of the territory create that solution without external interference - Tanveer Ahmed

Since the beginning of 2018, I've been publishing a daily diary at:

Written Structures for an internal political process in AJK (c. 10,000 words):

1) Reclaiming AJK for her people - 4K words
2) An Internal Political Process - AJK - 3K words
3) The Jammu Narrative - 2K words
4) Lecture Notes - 1K words

Ownership Building Measures (OBMs) in AJK:

OBMs were quoted and critiqued by British professor Richard Bonney at a Kashmir Conference in a room at the House of Lords in 2011.

A step by step process striving to reclaim ownership over Jammu & Kashmir by the exclusive inheritors and proprietors of the unnecessarily contested territory; according to their capacity to understand, process and execute initiatives required in public interest.  

Action Oriented Research Sequence:

1) Over 40 Civil Society Forums from Bhimber (AJK) to Hunza (GB) - 2009 to 2012
2) Public Opinion Survey - A representative sample of 10,000 citizens of AJK, randomly collected on the ground - 2011 to 2016
3) Consensus Building - A representative sample of 1,000 influential citizens of AJK, verified by each subdivision's population at large - 2018 onwards 
4) Legislation/Constitution/State Admin. - Seeking a majority from 29 locally elected MLA's.

4 Point Consensus Agenda derived from extensive public opinion research, since 2009 in particular:

1) Demilitarisation - Through a gradual tehsil (subdivision) - wise process

Opinion - ensuring public policy from within. There's an unresolved national question which cannot be delayed indefinitely. 

AJK has devoted 72 years in trying to get the Indian army to vacate the Valley of Kashmir. while being 'led' by Pakistan.

Can we spend some time on getting the Pakistani army to vacate a single tehsil (subdivision) here, without being led by anybody but each other?

Can we inverse the Muslim brother and sister emotions?

What I mean is: We listened to them as siblings of faith for 72 years and can they now listen to us as reciprocation of faith in return?

3 layers of dispute:


- An internal political process.
- Parties > Alliance > Consensus 
- There should be formal understanding between the State & Public
- Reconciliation, accountability, reparations, negotiating corrupt practices, merit and transparency in approach are all matters that need further deliberation internally.
- These should all be conducted by giving space to all narratives and social categories.


- Take steps for the demilitarisation of tehsil Khuiratta and devise alternative security arrangements.
- British army who implemented divide on the ground should stand between us and Indian forces.
- Once this tehsil is secure and stable then put similar proposal to India to vacate one similar sized tehsil in the Valley of Kashmir. 


- Indo-Pak bilateralism has no future in the context of Jammu & Kashmir
- India's narrative of having democratic, secular, multi-faith, multi religious, multi cultural and big economy credentials should compete and be seen to compete with our narrative on these very concepts in J & K. 
- This competition for peace narrative should replace the religious identity contest and war narrative between India and Pakistan.

Internationalism (Multilateralism)

- Do away with the UN Mechanism 
As it reaffirms Indo-Pak bilateralism and shifts responsibility away from the United Kingdom.  
- It should be noted that there are many conflicts in the world that have been resolved outside the UN mechanism.
- British transfer of power process viz. Indian Independence Act 1947 Article 7.1 (b)
- It was the British empire that changed our dilemma from our 'Right to Rule' to a supposed 'Right of Accession' which in actual fact is a backdoor means of permanent division of Jammu & Kashmir between India and Pakistan.- Lobbying the British parliament directly, through its MPs and Councillors
- Global civil society - humanism / pro-life - legality - morality - neutrality - peace narrative vs. war narrative - democratic tools.
White Flag.. .why? It signifies an open canvass to create our future without negative historic baggage. It is non discriminatory, it suggests demilitarisation in our context and it is the most recognised symbol for peace in the world. It will help us bridge internal narratives while we cannot agree on a common flag.

2) Population Census (Governance - Constitution - Public Policy)

- A population database of all our citizens who qualify under State Subject Rule (SSR) 1927 wherever they may be residing 
- Launch electronic smart ID Card in AJK based on SSR 1927
- Research - develop an apolitical historical timeline for the past 200 years (1820-2020)
Neutrality to avoid conflict as Switzerland has done since 1515. Precedent in Europe provides a model for Asia. Note that the last autocratic ruler Hari Singh and his 2 main internal political foes in 1947, namely Sheikh Abdullah (National Conference > India) and Sardar Ibrahim (Muslim Conference > Pakistan) disregarded the Maharajah's proposition of neutrality pre 1947, only to recommend the same once they fell out of favour with their respective allies.    

3) Taxation - Economy and Environment 

- This would entail control of all derivatives of fiscal and monetary policy in AJK
Both economy and environment are Interconnected on account of us having the most precious resource (water) and geography in the world.
- Building our economy and preserving our environment entails devoting our focus on: Water Management, Soil Management and Waste Management.
Eradicating economy of war and building economy of peace.

4) Cultural Diversity - Society, Human Rights and Soft Power

- The Jammu Narrative: Divided Jammu is the key to resolving Valley's propensity to be subdued by conquest. A centre that should be protected by the 360 degrees of mountains surrounding it as well as by all the polities adjacent to it. As envisaged by all conquerors, they tended to take some of these adjacent areas around the Valley before subduing it. Reversing this historic tendency or retrieval of the local 'Right to Rule' would also require empowerment in a periphery before it reaches the Kashmir Valley.
The Valley has been at the centre of the Indo-Pak religious conflict and contest for resources. Subdued under a suffocating war narrative and then exploited with money to pacify them at one end (India) and provoke them at the other (Pakistan) has left zero space for a solution to be initiated from there.
That space exists in divided Jammu
- As a matter of priority, facilitating the revitalisation of Mandirs and Gurdwaras for our Hindu & Sikh brethren is the most obvious form of soft power that we in AJK have almost ignored. 
- Instead we pandered to Muslim majoritarianism by assuming that to be our strength
- Facilitating our Hindu and Sikh citizens in AJK should be part of a mutual cross LOC facility, whereby Muslims from this side would visit shrines and other places of heritage there too.
Opening first facility for cross LOC travel in Jammu division via Khuiratta.

The number 4:

In 1947, India took control of 4 subjects in its sovereign agreement with J & K, subject to referring the future of the territory to the people within it, as promised by its British Governor General Louis Mountbatten, which never happened. 

Let's remember what our neighbours tried and failed in achieving, not least because they didn't consult the actual stakeholders of the territory with due process. 

1) The UNCIP mechanism
2) Chenab formula
3) Simla agreement 
4) Musharraf's 4 point formula

Webster's dictionary suggests 4 possible categories of constituents of a political process:

1) Social groups and 2) political institutions 

or between 

3) political leadership and 4) public opinion.

We include all 4 in our internal political process in AJK. This is further indication that we wish to devise a democratic structure arguably amongst the most horizontal, creative and consultative ever devised in the history of nation States. We also wish to tally the quality of our system of governance with the quality of our natural environment. 

We understand that most of our aspiring citizens are fascinated by number 3) and some even decide to disregard everything apart from that category, irrespective of how much effort or timely that initiative might be. We feel that all efforts in public interest should be appreciated and supported wherever possible and we should not create an unnecessary dichotomy between individuals and political parties. 

Jammu & Kashmir is a unique dilemma in the history of nation States - it's closest historical similarity being Switzerland ref. "FROM CANTONMENTS TO CANTONS" - and it requires a unique solution. We need all the energy, resources, creativity and intellect we can muster to arrive at a peaceful and humane solution; which the world can acknowledge to be a viable alternative to what we have endured since 1947.

We need to find practical solutions for India & Pakistan's lack of resolve towards water management, environmental concerns and religious identity friction. Crying for help from influential powers in a shrill voice at every opportunity or cursing our destiny and everything under the sun till death, will not help.  

Our public efforts must run parallel with each other and converge wherever practical. This is not just a political struggle. It has 3 other essential components viz. research for clarity, economy for resistance and culture for power. 

All 4 need undivided attention and thus our collective duties must be divided according to our skill-set. We cannot all aim to be political leaders, speak at each other incessantly rather than to each other or speak as much as possible and listen as least as possible. We need to understand the importance of each and every act in public interest - no matter how minute or major - and give priority of attention to consistent, focused and sincere work on the ground here in AJK. Not pray for some superpower to come to our rescue!

Under no circumstances should the territory of J & K be divided without the consultation of each divided part with each other, in an internally devised political process. This would by default give the right of secession to any and all constituent parts of the proposed confederation.

There can be no back door or 'out of court' settlement. 

We cannot escape from the people's reference. So, let's not play the fool with our status.

Next Step:

Facilitate Dr Karan Singh's visit to AJK for reconciliation and exchange of thoughts with the public here as well as with constituent parts of the internal political process.

I aim to present this lecture to all tehsil (subdivision) bar associations, government degree and post graduate institutions, prominent press clubs and the AJK Assembly.




While at the dharna (sit-in protest camp) in Tithrinote, we speculatively ventured ahead towards the gate:


Meanwhile, across the oceans we learn of sharp solidarity and advocacy in our favour. Thank you to the citizens of the USA and all the rest of global civil society:


Sunday, 8 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 251 of 2019


The struggle continues, in many more ways than one. All peaceful, democratic, moral and legal though. 

Death to Indo-Pak bilateralism too.


Here's another glimpse of Hajeera yesterday, where our women folk are showering the public with flower petals. It has now been established that yesterday's procession through Hajeera was the largest in the town, ever:


The following is also from yesterday but in Kotli, at Thaler Bridge:


Saturday, 7 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 250 of 2019


This is a powerful quote written by Wusat Ullah Khan - a venerable Pakistani BBC Urdu journalist - a few years ago and widely circulated since:

However, the translation into English is very poor, indeed it seems to be the product of an online translator. There is still a distance between human intelligence and artificial intelligence.

Hence, here's a human translation:

For one, Kashmir itself is an historic tragedy. On top of that, this tragedy is deepened when you can only view the dilemma of Kashmir with an Indian lens or a Pakistani lens. If the Kashmiris wish to see this dilemma (themselves) then their eyes are stitched with the label of treachery. Or if not, pebbles are targeted straight into their eyes.


(Update 1944hrs):

I have been sitting in DC Kotli's office for the past few hours, waiting for clearance to proceed to Tithrinote for a friend's wedding. Yes, today is also perhaps the most critical day in AJK's history yet. As explained yesterday, the Pakistani State's approach to security and freedom of movement in AJK, has also incensed what have been already been infused sentiments of the local public, since India's move to de-operationalise Article 370 in its controlled part of Jammu & Kashmir.

In the past, I remember many an expatriate complaining that the people of AJK do not claim their rights in the manner of how the people of the Kashmir Valley do. Well, they were wrong then and are wrong now too, as AJK has now become the centre of attention in J & K and the wider neighbourhood.

There were reasons why such activity was not apparent. The Pakistani media has always been shy of highlighting anything on the ground in AJK, while the roving control of Pakistan's agencies always played a significant part too in tempering our people's sentiments. Using our own policemen to stop our public's movement towards the LOC is an affront to both of us. Their sentiment is no different from ours. 

Now that our people understand why Pakistani media highlights whatever it can (and more) on the Valley of Kashmir but never covers any identical activism here, many people now plainly say: "We know that they (the Pakistanis) have sold us too!"

As for the Pakistani agencies operating in AJK, they are under unprecedented pressure too. Any wrong move by them in this environment of high sentiment could prove more back-breaking for them than it is already.

The security of AJK needs to be gradually handed over to local law enforcement. The people and government of this territory can ensure that no untoward incident occurs through mutual understanding, not least because we are both stakeholders. When Pakistan doesn't even have a claim on this territory (their own admission) then it is puzzling to understand why they persist in taking responsibility for security here in AJK. We want to avert the further loss of life.

What has happened today in Rawalakot, Hajeera and all approaches to the LOC at Tithrinote in Poonch is yet to be fully confirmed. There is a communications blockade a la the Valley of Kashmir here too.

What is clear though is that a lot of our public in this region are still on the streets and have no intention of returning home anytime soon.


The situation in AJK remains very tense and volatile:

(Update 2217hrs):

Thousands of protesters who converged towards Tithrinote today have been prevented from moving beyond Dawarandi, where the public have decided to convert their activity into a sit-in protest. Meanwhile, those who had already reached Tithrinote or who are residents there, were in anticipation of their co-citizens converging there and were all prepared to welcome them with garlands. They are also conducting a sit-in protest. So we have 2 very large sit-in protests only 6 kilometres away from each other and the LOC, barely a few kilometres from Poonch city, on the Indian-controlled side of J & K.

Someone commented that the Pakistanis are keen not to give their partners in crime (the Indians) any trouble. So, their argument is: "We are stopping you from crossing the LOC because the Indians will kill you." In other words, in order to stop the Indians killing you, we may have to kill you ourselves!

This bizarre predicament provokes me into chanting, 

Udhar tum (You there viz. India) Idhar hum (Us here viz. Pakistan)

Ab Jammu wa Kashmir me nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi
(Is no longer acceptable in Jammu & Kashmir, not at all)

Meanwhile, the sit-in protest at Thaler Bridge, Kotli was dispersed in the evening by the use of tear gas by the AJK police. In response, some members of the public retaliated with stoning the police from ridges above. Public anger continues to simmer late into the night as their sit-in protest travelled back into Kotli city, at Shaheed Chowk.

The Pakistani State has much to answer for, not least for creating unnecessary rifts between the public of AJK and its police.

By midnight, I still could not get hold of DC Kotli, otherwise known as Dr. Umar Azam. He is playing cat and mouse with me just like Raja Farooq Haider.


(Update 13/09/19 2350hrs:)

As life moves on from one scene to another, it is important that we remember - for the sake of posterity and more - what happened on this day. Here are a couple of FB posts which captured footage on this historic day:

This too:

Here's a final angle, which is taken from within Hajeera:


Friday, 6 September 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 249 of 2019


This following trend is amplifying itself on Twitter and Facebook:


Today happens to be an auspicious day for our Pakistani neighbours:


We have received reports that a similar public initiative to cross the LOC - as conducted in Charoi the day before yesterday - has been emulated in Khuiratta today. Many people crossed and some have been injured. More reports in due course......


The following is a growing trend too:


For those of you who can't read the text in the post, here it is:

A Security Crisis in AJK

The peace versus war narrative in full bloom...

A security versus freedom crisis has almost suddenly emerged in AJK today. The Indian government blocked 48% of J & K on the 5th of August. On the 6th of September, the Pakistani government has brought in the Punjab Constabulary into 6% of J & K territory.

End of text of FB post...

The public is incensed at this move by the Pakistani State to quell the freedom of movement in AJK. Reports of up to 3,500 members of the Punjab Constabulary (PC) and possibly Rangers too have been brought into Poonch division to stop our public from converging at the LOC in Tithrinote, Hajeera tomorrow. 

Both security and freedom in AJK are the prerogative of the AJK public. The mere presence of Pakistani security forces incites and provokes unrest in the local population. There is already a lot of bad history between the PC and Poonch from the 1950's.


This accurately depicts the economy of war, motored here since 1947.

Pakistan on the left and India on the right, with the apple of Kashmir precariously balanced between the 2: 


Daily Diary (DD) - Day 260 of 2019

0922hrs: The confrontation between the Pakistani narrative and the internal narrative in AJK is going to get more intense by the day: ...