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Thursday, 20 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 233 of 2020

1315hrs:

Almost 70 hours later, we are still at a standstill in reference to the Pakistani flags hoisted at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square. 

The Dadyaal administration had asked for 48 hours to bring down the foreign symbols of disrepute in a neutral territory. They do not have the strength to bypass Pakistan's (now not so) clandestine agencies. The latter are on vigilance at the square 24 hours a day. 

Thus, we need to open up the issue on even wider parameters, as this aggression traces its steps back to Rawalpindi and Islamabad but not before passing through London, Beijing, Washington and Delhi.

This will assist us in obtaining closure on many fronts.

Our judiciary is the only institution that remains to be engaged in what is essentially a legal, constitutional issue.

All other aspects of society are well engaged and ready to assist in clarifying the legal status of this territory.

I've said as much on Facebook too:



All the people in this picture and their well wishers are responsible for fulfilling the agreement made between JKLF and the local administration.    

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 232 of 2020

1942hrs:

We have to keep vigilance on our neighbourhood too:


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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 231 of 2020

1528hrs:

24 hours later, I feel even stronger than I did before I conducted the 52 hour hunger strike. 

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Here's just one more example of what my co-citizens done for me, or more pointedly for their national cause:



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Sunday, 16 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 229 of 2020

2025hrs:

It has now been over 32 hours without a morsel or drop of water passing through my lips. It has also been 2 sweltering afternoons of heat.

Yet no abatement of preservation of ambition by the Municipal Administrator Aftab Ahmed, or Assistant Commissioner Sardar Zeeshan or even President of Trader's Association Dadyaal Anwar Daar.

I am dealing with a highly self-centered society and it will be a fine line between victory and defeat for public interest in AJK.

It will also be a fine line between life and death for Tanveer Ahmed.

We can only hope for the best outcome.

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I am very grateful to all those co-citizens of mine who turbo-boosted this public activity via social media, way beyond expectation. Here's a sample of initiative taken by Dr Khwaja A Hamid:



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Saturday, 15 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 228 of 2020

2049hrs:

I have been on an indefinite hunger strike since midday today. 

I do fully understand that the Pakistanis want to fully integrate us into their country, in a not too dissimilar manner to what the Indians have done since August the 5th 2019.

They have worked hard to propagate the Pakistani flag in Dadyaal this year and have cleverly used the so-called AJK flag as a decoy to gain acceptance in our society.

They are as devious as always and need to be stopped in their tracks.

There's no better venue than Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square for this litmus test.

May the sincerest win...

Friday, 14 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 227 of 2020

1545hrs:

I am being kept busy today as can be ascertained from the following embeds:



Then I had to attend to this piece of aggression:



I've been struggling to maintain my composure and 'rationalise' the situation since:


For those of you who can't read the details of the post above:

India and Pakistan attained their 'freedom' on condition that they sustain religious hatred between Hindu and Muslim. This condition designed by the British Empire has enslaved Jammu Kashmir & Allied.


It has also given stakes to China & the USA.


For all thoughtful, conscientious and humane Indians and Pakistanis; today and tomorrow cannot possibly be a time to celebrate.


A Peace Strategy vs. A War Strategy


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Take a good look at the two contrasting pictures below:




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Another flag story from Muzaffarabad, given that it is the 14th of August after all.




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It is extremely important to understand how low the intake is for the Pakistani narrative in AJK. We are not creating a storm in a tea cup by any means. The following video is from earlier today in Kotli:



Notice that the intention of the Pakistani overbearers was to engage hundreds - if not thousands - of locals to take part in this procession to validate local support for Pakistan on their independence day. However, as the narrator in the video confirms, there are barely a couple of dozen people accompanying this fanciful Pakistani flag. Some were members of a local welfare organisation while many of the rest were Pakistani nationals working in Kotli.

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Just to provide further clarity, here's a mighty procession that took place in Rawalakot consisting of what looks like 3 government vehicles and a handful of sympathisers who again may either be government servants or even Pakistanis working in Rawalakot:




Thus, the Pakistani narrative is certainly dead in AJK but not yet buried. 

In my assessment, what appeared to be 73% in AJK against the Pakistani narrative in 2016 - according to my lengthy public opinion survey shot up even further post August the 5th 2019, especially when Pakistan proved incompetent to counter India's move to totally integrate Jammu Kashmir & Allied into its own union.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 225 of 2020

2355hrs:

The bike is in Plaak and I am in Dadyaal.

A rousing welcome and a missed funeral.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 224 of 2020

2109hrs:

In Chakswari but in a rural setting. So serene and a place to be in summer, away from urban clutter and humidity.

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Monday, 10 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 223 of 2020

2359hrs:

Just in time.......I am so engaged with the public that I can't even complete my multiple upload targets......A heavy day in Akaalgarh and an unprecedented welcome, particularly by the journalist community.

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 222 of 2020

1114hrs:

A lot of people have died this year. Many from Covid 19 perhaps but many others too whom I knew or was acquainted with. One such person was Dr Agha Ashraf Ali, a huge giant of an intellect who mesmerised me with his thoughts one summer afternoon, at his home in Srinagar in 2009. Many in the Valley of Kashmir are paying homage to him but the world should remember him and much of what he said. 

He also happened to be the father of Agha Shahid Ali, the brilliant poet who lost his life in youth in the USA in an accident. His father came through that to live a few decades beyond.

Dr Agha Ashraf Ali commanded the respect of his compatriots, irrespective of their religious orientation or political leanings. Here's an example: 


He was staunchly pro independence but took account of all humane elements in intellectual discourse. I was very fortunate to have received a glowing review of my work by this great man. It is referenced here in this very weblog.

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I am finally proceeding ahead to continue my bicycle ride from Chamb to Sharda, 15 days after arriving in Mirpur prior to which I had spent 7 days on the road. Next stop is Akaalgarh.


Saturday, 8 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 221 of 2020

1450hrs:

I'm getting closer to my current targets but there is always a lot more to do than there are hours in the day. At least, there is no possibility of boredom in this line of duty. That is probably why we remain motivated despite there being zero financial benefit accruing from such activity.

Mirpur holds its first Public (People's) Assembly monthly convention today. it has proved more pro-active than all other 31 tehsils in AJK. This is not surprising considering that Mirpur has historically been at the forefront of political resistance in the region, even pre 1947. Remember Raja Akbar Khan?

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Friday, 7 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 220 of 2020

2220hrs:

I was consumed in work yesterday - both inside and outside - that I didn't remember that I needed to input a daily diary entry viz. Day 219 of 2020. At least not till the stroke of midnight when I didn't have internet access at hand.

A lot goes into a day's work and recognising the nuances of timing is an acquired skill. In my case, straining to acquire it over many years but still being far from an optimum level.

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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 218 of 2020

1500hrs:

We are certain that whatever we do today in terms of condemning our 2 southerly neighbours will be insignificant compared to what we need to do over the coming months to enable sanity to prevail in global geopolitics. Here's a sample of what we conducted today:


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I'm inclined to estimate that genuine pressure on the British government is slowly mounting in reference to their unfulfilled responsibilities in Jammu Kashmir & Allied. Here's a typical non committal response by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office to a letter by the Scottish activist Claire Bidwell:




This has generated a discussion at the following FB link:


https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldkashmirteaparty/permalink/1098076913922846/


This is a particular comment thread that includes my comment:


Sagir Ahmed:


Tanveer Ahmed commented: As the unresolved status of Jammu Kashmir & Allied is a political problem created by the British Empire, all political prisoners throughout the territory are the moral and legal responsibility of the UK government. They should no longer be allowed to continue 'passing the buck' to India and Pakistan, both countries which came into being precisely according to the British Empire's satisfaction. They also not only facilitated the entry of Indian and Pakistan troops into JKA but stabilised their presence too. In 2020, it is no longer clever of them to abdicate responsibility. Nature has its own way of biting back.


Claire Bidwell:


It does indeed and I will keep biting them here until I get deeper answers!


Soraya Boyd:



Sagir salaams. Britain is exceptionally good in fact it really does excel at it: it creates a problem, makes a mess and leaves with great pomp and circumstance. A very very British characteristic. Britain has done this many times over. Just a few examples: Palestine and Kashmir. Of course our responsibility as Brits is to hold our gov to account. We do and we will continue to. Rest assured. Undoubtdely politicians by and large are very good at postponing the inevitable but FREEDOM WILL BE YOURS brother.

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Meanwhile, pressure is also mounting on the Pakistani government to stop prolonging this needless conflict by pursuing a territorial dispute with India. According to the prime minister of AJK, this is what negates the genuine pursuit of the right to self determination by the people of Jammu Kashmir & Allied:




I understand that I will have to transcribe this video into Urdu text and then translate it into English:





Note:

The basis of the current AJK government finds its origins in the 24 October 1947 provisional government declaration. It is reproduced here directly from its founding president Sardar Ibrahim Khan's book, 'Kashmir Saga':

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 217 of 2020

2336hrs:

It is getting darker by the hour...but there will be much sunshine ahead........the depths bring organic opportunity..............

Managing the tension ahead will be the most difficult task.

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Monday, 3 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 216 of 2020

2046hrs:

My health has worsened over the past 24 hours but I'm battling on.......racing against time of course.

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Pakistan's foreign minister also arrived in Muzaffarabad today, if only to increase the sense of ridicule that our public is displaying towards the Pakistanis.

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Sunday, 2 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 215 of 2020

1645hrs:

I wanted to leave Mirpur today at all costs but I still haven't completed my 'desk' targets yet. I am close though and despite picking up flu symptoms last night I'm battling on.

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The following interview was pending for upload since it was conducted on the 16th of October 2019:



Here's an intro to the interviewee:

Asif Hashmi

Singer, songwriter, composer of Bagh has spent over 12 years promoting local J & K culture through his artistic efforts but only receives verbal/written applause or recognition. The society whose rights he is working for do not provide him with practical assistance, so that he may deliver even more and better than what he is doing on his own steam. This is the story of our society and the major reason why we are not making any progress in our rights struggle.

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For those who are really serious about Jammu Kashmir & Allied's independence have a lot to learn from Switzerland:



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Saturday, 1 August 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 214 of 2020

1729hrs:

Eid Mubarak to all those of you who are celebrating today and to all those who celebrated yesterday, wherever you are in the world.

I have learned from sources on the ground in Muzaffarabad that the Pakistani State's political representatives - in the shape of their Kashmir Committee - have been visible at the main Eidgah in the capital today. There is a sense brewing that the Pakistanis are preparing for something major on the 5th of August. They are of course being quite 'mum' about it. What is clear though is that whatever is brewing in the Pakistani mind in reference to AJK is unprecedented.

We also understand that the Kashmir Committee members will also be visiting the various squalid refugee camps scattered throughout Muzaffarabad and its vicinity.

Meanwhile, I remember our UK diaspora urging me to write an open letter to the then newly elected prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in the summer of 2018. I explained at the time that the time was not right. We needed to assess his performance over a period of time before developing any meaningful communication.

Given the AJK government's inability or undesirability to make its communication with the Pakistani State open and public, particularly as to what has transpired in the past week or so, I think this is now the optimum moment to draft this open letter to the Pakistani prime minister. Our public's anxieties about the Pakistani State's intent with reference to the status of AJK have reached an unprecedented high.

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Today's diary also coincides with our latest update of the People's Assembly concept and development in AJK. Thus, it was about time that I uploaded the bulk of the discussion that took place at 'Taryabi ni Baithak' on the 19th of December 2019, based upon which some questions emerged from the audience; the answers of which will be incorporated into the latest People's Assembly document:



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Friday, 31 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 213 of 2020

1807hrs:

Eid is being celebrated in various parts of the world and I wish them all a happy Eid in these tenuous times. Here in AJK, we'll be celebrating tomorrow and I'm spending the day locked down inside trying to bring some parity between my outdoor work (field activism) and indoor work (filing, categorising and uploading content).

Meanwhile, we are still working on defining a peaceful, ethical, legal and democratic means to prevent the Pakistani State from encroaching further into our polity, through the Trojan horse of solidarity in our name. 

Pakistan's solidarity with Kashmir - irrespective of however genuine it may be - means we lose out on solidarity by the rest of the world. Being partisan in our approach to conflict resolution in this territory - be it by country, religion or ideology - means we are doomed to being a pawn in the strategy of our neighbouring countries and beyond. Switzerland learned and proactively implemented their neutrality in 1515. That saved them from being trapped in the war calculations of their various neighbours. We could also learn to do so in 2020.

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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 212 of 2020

2131hrs:

Since yesterday - while still in Mirpur and having decided to stay here till the first day of Eid - we have been pursuing a legal angle to prevent a delegation of Pakistan's federation from making a visit to AJK's capital Muzaffarabad on August the 5th.

In order to pursue a writ petition to prevent any such Pakistani delegation's visit, we have been instructed to obtain a written letter of invitation or communication between the AJK government and the government of Pakistan, as evidence of such an impending visit for the honourable court to take a stance. It cannot do so simply by newspaper reports or other such mediums. It need to be an official piece of communication.

We thus pursued various quarters in the journalistic arena of Muzaffarabad as well as the administration, including the AJK prime Minister's press secretary Raja Wasim. We were unable to make headway yesterday and today I contacted Secretary Law Irshad Ahmed Qureshi, who confirmed that the AJK Assembly is holding session on the 5th of August. However, he could not confirm or deny whether any representatives from Pakistan's federation are coming and suggested that I contact the principal secretary Ehsan Khalid Kiani for further clarification.

Subsequently, I learned from Mr. Kiani's office that he was away on leave and that I should contact the Special Secretary to the AJK prime minister Raashid Hanif. When I did so, he enquired as to why I wanted such documentation. I explained that public opinion was not in favour of any Pakistani delegation - be it its senate or otherwise - coming to perform an act of solidarity with us or with our Kashmir Valley brethren. The public considers this proposed act to be another in a long chain of events that are compromising the distinct identity and polity of Jammu Kashmir & Allied. Further, that we - the public - need documentary evidence to probe this issue further. Special Secretary Hanif replied that he would respond to me once his immediate work load had lightened. 

He didn't get back to me and this leaves us in the lurch. We cannot pursue a legal route to stop this event without documentation and mere protesting will affect the peace of this region. 

The Pakistanis claim their founder Mr. Jinnah to have achieved public interest targets or whatever he did through constitutional means. However, they are trying their best to close even that avenue for us. 

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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 211 of 2020

1319hrs:

Still in Mirpur and still behind in my public interest targets before I venture further North.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 210 of 2020

1043hrs:

I'm still in Mirpur and I know many of my co-citizens are waiting for me to arrive at their respective stations on my journey from Chamb to Sharda. However, I must obtain parity in the groundwork that I have done so far and its visibility on various social media platforms. Given that I've covered about 20% of my AJK wide journey thus far, it will become increasingly difficult to develop that parity mentioned above if I don't address it now.

Meanwhile, let me embed a few tweets of my co-citizens which confirm that many of us are fully tuned to what is happening around us and increasingly so:

I'll begin with some activism on the other side of JKA:



The following stunt being envisaged by the Pakistani State should be stopped in its tracks. Otherwise, it will be all downhill from here:



Now, over to the White House in the USA, albeit a clip from last year which explains in just a few words what the internal narrative of JKA amounts to:



Finally, we return to reality in our home territory, which the Pakistanis used to term as 'base camp' to dupe us into thinking that we were free and that our territory would be used to free the Indian-controlled side:


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Monday, 27 July 2020

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 208 of 2020

2018hrs:

Downtime in Mirpur. As intimated many a time before, I'm generating far more content in the field compared to what I'm outputting on various social media platforms. I do look forward to settling down in one place to address this growing imbalance. However, many of my co-citizens are in constant need of my attention. One cannot attain the best of best worlds in this regard. 

Opportunity cost cannot be avoided.

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Today also coincided with our 15th weekly Urdu programme on JKTV pursuing our genuine internal narrative. I do apologise for the lack of light in the video. The timing also coincided with a fishing trip along Mangla Lake unfortunately:



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Saturday, 25 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 207 of 2020

2352hrs:

Luck is on my side at the moment. It is hard to stop a long train in its tracks, especially when its destination is beckoning.

Earlier, on arrival at the entry point of Mirpur city, a local web based TV channel took the bold initiative of taking my narrative from me on the purpose of the bicycle ride from Chamb to Sharda.




Here's a direct embed for the footage generated by K7 Mirpur TV on Facebook:



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Friday, 24 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 206 of 2020

2156hrs:

I was so engaged in Dheri Wattan yesterday evening that I overlooked my self-imposed duty of filing a daily diary entry for Day 205 of 2020.

I reached Ali Beg Gurdwara this afternoon and have continued heavy interaction with my co-citizens both in AJK and in the diaspora.

At this point I am virtually shattered!

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Here's the daily video update from yesterday - which by missing yesterday's daily diary entry I'm delivering here:



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This can be followed by today's update at Ali Beg, which could not be broadcast for long due to serious connectivity issues. My internet device which is over 4 years old is playing up:



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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 204 of 2020

2317hrs:

I've left it very late today. The weather was just a tad challenging en route from Dhandar Kot to Bhimber.

I couldn't make contact with some of my old acquaintances in the city but made some new ones.

A lot of my co-citizens need to be installed with confidence and it needs to emerge from within them. There is always a limit to what can be installed from external sources.

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Here's our daily video update of our cycle tour, brought to you from the village of Pothi near Bhimber:



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Here's our daily YouTube update, which we couldn't deliver to you yesterday because no video was made coincidentally:



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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 203 of 2020

1224hrs:

Today is the 3rd day of travelling northwards from one extreme of AJK to the other. The weather remains kind as do the people of my territory.


Today, I'll be proceeding from Barnaala to Dhandar which will also take me into the next subdivision (tehsil) namely Bhimber.


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Please remember that the updates on my Facebook page will be staggered and delayed purposefully to give my readers/viewers enough time to digest other pieces of content on this cycle tour. However, on this weblog they will correspond to the date that the content was generated on:


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The following is yet another key facet of our occupation. Please do visit the links in the comments section of this embed to gain more context:




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As I've increasingly intimated over the past few years, the responsibility of the UK Government in reference to Jammu Kashmir & Allied is not just a moral one, it is essentially legal too, which it has skillfully abdicated from, especially since it skillfully diverted our (the people's) 'right to rule' (Haq e Hukmrani) to one of a bilateral territorial dispute at the United Nations. Most of our people have been hoodwinked ever since and I'm glad that another legal mind has eloquently pointed this out for the likes of the Labour Party in the UK. Many thanks to Mirza Sahib Beg of the Valley of Kashmir and residing in London for his contribution to our common cause:




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Our daily updates on this cycle tour continue at Lala Arshad of Oldham's ancestral home in Dhandar Kot:




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Unfortunately, I did not generate any video clips today and thus have nothing to offer you via Youtube today. This is purely a coincidence and not because there would have been no such need to capture video content between Barnaala and Dhandar Kot. In fact, the downhill sprint at Kadaala would have been a joyful sight on video, Alas!

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Monday, 20 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 202 of 2020

0938hrs:

I hope we can get the same blessed weather today as we had yesterday. The next segment of my journey is from Moil to Barnaala.


The most challenging part of my daily journey is whether I can upload necessary content in a timely manner viz. on the day that it is generated. This would allow my co-citizens to monitor my progress accurately and provide feedback as necessary.



A Persian cat in AJK

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Here's our second daily montage of videos taken during our cycle tour:



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Here's our third daily update on JKTV on the trot, live from Barnaala city:



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Our daily Facebook update on my page:



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Sunday, 19 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 201 of 2020

0857hrs:

Ready to begin my cycle journey from the southernmost point in AJK to close to the northernmost point. In total it may amount to almost 500 kilometres by the time I'm done.

I'm also trying to generate content along my journey for Google Maps, writing a daily update here and also conducting a daily video update via JKTV.

I will try and post a photo or two here, every day too.

Can my co-citizens grasp the requirements of direct democracy? Can the rest of the world understand that this territory's public or people have been referenced by all those powers which have a stake in this region, more than any other territory in the world?

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Amongst our various daily content generating endeavours, we will try and bring you a montage of daily footage generated during this cycle journey:



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This is our second daily video update on JKTV which also coincides with our weekly Urdu programme in pursuit of our internal narrative. This being the 14th programme on the trot:



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Not to forget our daily update on my Facebook wall:



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Saturday, 18 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 200 of 2020

1115hrs:

Preparing to leave Mirpur for Chamb.......

Here's a short video to that effect:



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In the evening we began our daily video update on JKTV at Kot Jamel at the residence of one of JKLF's most prominent activists, namely Toseef Jarral:

(Note: The broadcast had to output in 2 different segments due to connectivity issues) 

Video 1 of 2:



Video 2 of 2:



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Friday, 17 July 2020

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 199 of 2020

1424hrs:

So it has become apparent that the AJK Assembly has plucked up the courage to reject Pakistan's proposal (read order) for the 14th Amendment which would have reversed most of the gains achieved in the 13th Amendment. Everything is still under a cloud which is true to form of the Pakistani State, which has relied on obfuscation as its most potent weapon since 1947.

One needs to go through the proposal - which cannot be guaranteed to be the actual version - not least because it gives an impression that it has been proposed by the AJK Assembly itself when in fact it came from the direction of Pakistan's federation, apparently on the 20th of June this year. Here's a copy of what is publicly available:

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The rejection of the above proposal (or direction) by the Pakistani State to amend the constitutional framework (which is in fact not constitutional as it has no local input and was imposed in 1974) operating in AJK was rejected unanimously by the AJK Assembly. Here's a press release in Urdu to that effect. It was made public yesterday but has a time stamp of the day before yesterday:


As it is in Urdu, public interest would dictate that I translate it into English for the benefit of our English speaking public as well as the world at large.

Thus:


(The) Free Government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir

(Press Release)

An extraordinary convention of the Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) cabinet took place on the 15th of July 2020, presided over by Esquire Prime Minister - (of the) Free Government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir - in the cabinet committee room (Prime Minister's Secretariat) Muzaffarabad. Also present in the meeting were (representatives of) the Department of Law and the Department of Kashmir Affairs. The documentation received from the Government of Pakistan, in reference to the (proposed) constitutional amendment on the 22nd of June, was discussed and reflected on at length. The cabinet made the following decisions on the subject of the proposed documentation:

i) 
The cabinet has not completely agreed with the constitutional amendment documentation.

ii) 
It is the collectively agreed opinion of the cabinet that the State of Jammu and Kashmir has an ideological relationship with the motherland of Pakistan, which is a manifestation of the undying aspirations of the Kashmiri people. This is not merely the ownership of an individual, party or government but in fact the collective ownership of the inhabitants of the State (of Jammu & Kashmir), on both sides (of the divide). This bond is completely in accord with the vision of the honourable father of the nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

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The cabinet has further expressed that on the basis of the action taken on the 5th of August 2019 by the Indian government; the accepted international status of the Kashmir issue, the will of the State's people and their fundamental rights have been violated. In order to achieve its vulgar aims, the Indian government has taken this step in order to change the demography (of the territory under their control), which is in total contradiction of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. In this context, for the purpose of translating the aspirations of the inhabitants of the State of Jammu & Kashmir - on either side (of the divide) - it is requested that steps be taken via mutual consultation to further empower the government of Azad Kashmir.

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The cabinet has also expressed the opinion that constitutional matters via mutual consultation can only be decided in accordance with public aspirations and the intent described in article 257 of the Pakistani constitution. For this, mutual consultation is needed at the highest level (of Inter-State relations.

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The cabinet through collective agreement has expressed their full and complete satisfaction in the leadership of Esquire Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, the prime minister of the free government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

(Signature of Raja Wasim)

Press Secretary of the prime minister 

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I was invited to participate in the following programme which references a novel way of tackling issues of public interest. From cleaning (refuse disposal) to telecommunications, roads and the political leadership crisis in AJK:



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Daily Diary (DD) - Day 260 of 2021

1830hrs: Relative calm after what was essentially a stormy visit to the Neelam Valley and other areas South enroute and on return. From Sehn...