Monday, 4 February 2019

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 35 of 2019


This is footage from yesterday afternoon outside Islamabad Press Club - Pakistan.

The speaker is Shafqat Inqalabi and this is a protest against the Pakistani State to not stoop so low as to deny a prisoner of conscience - since 2011 effectively - namely Baba Jaan from medical treatment requiring angiography, which is not available in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) apparently.

Earlier yesterday, Baba Jaan's dire situation received mention in a prominent Pakistani English daily.

This following photo and text compilation provides an accurate snapshot of his struggle:

Both Shafqat and our endangered prisoner Baba have featured on this blog before. Here are some links:

Baba Jaan

Baba's health in prison is seriously deteriorating

Open Letter Demanding the Release of Baba Jan Hunzai

Embarking on a journey to meet Baba in AJK

Shafqat Inqalabi

A petition for freedom, identity, economy and dignity from Gilgit Baltistan

The State vs The Activist


I'd been searching for this poem for years, ever since I heard it used in speeches of freedom fighters (public activists), in various parts of AJK. Here it is dedicated to the icon of freedom in J & K post 1947, Maqbool Bhat:

Translated thus:

I'm not one to bow my head and live - or to live with a hidden face
I live by staring eye to eye at the oppressor
If I live less a day or two, it should be of no surprise
I live with those whose days are spent in keeping the flame alight


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