Friday, 31 December 2021
Thursday, 30 December 2021
Progressive Students’ Collective strongly condemn this notice against the women who were holding the study circle in Women University Bagh Pakistan Administrated Kashmir. How pathetic it is that the university administration doesn’t allow students to sit together and study. pic.twitter.com/cRxyijHPfS— Progressive Students’ Collective (@PSCollective_) December 30, 2021
The people of Kashmir already lack basic human rights; from freedom to take part in elections, freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly and freedom to learn their own history. The people in Pakistani Controlled Kashmir’s two administrative regions: Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) do not have any freedom of expression under the pretext of national security. The appeasement of Islamabad by the Pakistani-imposed administrations of AJK and GB has led to a climate of fear for activists in the region and now this fear is being spread to students.
End of report (copied almost ad verbatim) from an activist affiliated to HRCP, who describes themselves as 'Kashur Sheen'.
On this day, female activists of the area led by Nusrat Qureshi also conducted a press conference on this issue, threatening to conduct a sit-in protest outside the university if it did not reverse its decision and allow the female students to pursue their extra-curricular enquiry of Jammu Kashmir's territory and history:
When the citizens of AJK, in particular student groups from throughout the territory and in its diaspora began agitating on this issue the University authorities issued the following - somewhat appeasing - press release:
I'll translate it here:
Women University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir - Bagh
Public Relations Office
Press Release: 30/12/21
Along with curricular activities the Women University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir also encourages positive extra curricular activities. Indeed, such activities are also organised within the institution. In particular, on the 'Kashmir Issue' and 'Kashmir History' 4 seminars have been conducted this year.
Yesterday, some female students had held a study circle on their own accord, without seeking permission from the administration of the women's university. Note that it is compulsory to seek formal permission from the university administration before organising any (such) programme, which wasn't sought.
The university administration in this respect merely demanded a report and did not enact any form of disciplinary action against the female students, neither do they intend to do so. The purpose is simply to maintain discipline as without discipline institutions cannot function (as an educational entity).
The women's university encourages such programmes and 'Kashmir studies' is formally taught as a subject at this institution in Bagh. If anybody wishes to organise a seminar on 'Kashmir History' or 'Kashmir Issue' this institution would welcome such an initiative.
We hold as dear the future of the female students in our institution and are as concerned about it as are the parents (of these students).
End of translation......
Notes on above episode from the ground:
The university authorities have tried to present this episode as a 'permission' issue but this is not the case...study circles have been conducted before and this is just a face saving ploy. The university administration is still not giving permission to conduct the above referenced study circle. The latter are nevertheless keen to conduct a study circle that would be in line with the 'Sarkari' narrative (The State narrative which means the Pakistani narrative) and thus 'controlled'.
However, with the issuance of this press release the university has announced that it hasn't and will not take any disciplinary action, subsequent to the agitation that occurred throughout AJK. That is the sum purpose/effect of the press release. They are still not willing to provide permission to the female students to conduct their extra curricular activity in an open learning environment.
Meanwhile, the students continue to give multiple formal applications to the university administration but in response the latter is insisting that whatever the students want to conduct must be done in the supervision of the authorities viz. in a controlled manner.
In summary, such extra curricular activities have been conducted before but on this occasion - as the subject was the ancient history of Kashmir - the roving clandestine agencies (whose main function is to protect the Pakistani narrative in AJK, despite its fallacious intent and in contradiction to their public stance about supporting the people of JKA's right to self determination) swooped into action and ordered the vice chancellor of the university to prevent such 'open-minded' activity. Hence, the originally intended disciplinary action against 23 female students of the university.
Wednesday, 29 December 2021
Tuesday, 28 December 2021
Monday, 27 December 2021
Marching on towards the storm....
We will continue to keep you posted on the pursuit of justice for 11 year old Kanwal Matloob. The following indicates the emergence of a diaspora committee of Dadyaal seeking justice for Kanwal and other children who have been sexually abused and killed.
Kanwal Matloob Action Committee UK:
Signs and evidence of a functioning civil society in #AJK and particularly in the capital #Muzaffarabad It also proves that #PublicPolicy should also be in their control. They just lack legislative tools to bring it about. #CivilSocietyForumAJK https://t.co/h5oZD1GIYG— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) December 27, 2021
Sunday, 26 December 2021
Saturday, 25 December 2021
Friday, 24 December 2021
Thursday, 23 December 2021
چلو چلو— Azhar Rasheed (@AzharRa90291313) December 19, 2021
سربراہ پشتون تحفظ تحریک منظور پشین کو کوٹلی آمد پر خوش آمدید کہتے ہیں
23واں مرکزی خودمختار جموں کشمیر کنونشن بمقام کوٹلی پاکستانی مقبوضہ جموں کشمیر.#JKNSF#PTM pic.twitter.com/zLQVbvLVyc
Yesterday, the 'home department' of AJK came into action with the following notification to effectively ban Manzoor Pashteen from entering as well as publicly speaking in AJK:
جے کے این ایس ایف ا ایسے تمام ہتھکنڈوں کو مسترد کرتی جن سے ریاست جموں کشمیر کی عوام کی آواز دبانے کی کوشش کی جائے، نام نہاد آزاد کشمیر میں تمام پاکستانی لیڈروں بشمول حافظ سعید اور معسود اظہر جیسے دہشتگردوں کو سرکاری طور پروٹوکول میں لایا جاتا ہے تو پھر منظور پشین پر پابندی کیوں. pic.twitter.com/xG7msjM4Pm— Azhar Rasheed (@AzharRa90291313) December 22, 2021
Since, this issue emerged I have been requested by various co-citizens - including the current chairman of JKNSF namely Faran Mushtaq - to give my opinion on these latest attacks on freedom of speech, expression, assembly and movement conjured up by Pakistan's clandestine agencies; on this occasion by using the obscure 'home department' of AJK as a proxy:
This evening, a programme involving Faran Mushtaq, anchor Khwaja Kabir Ahmed and 2 barristers of Poonch - both based in Canada - namely Junaid Bahadur Khan and Hamid Bashani, discussed this issue threadbare on JKTV:
Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Monday, 20 December 2021
Many thanks to #NewsIntervention for printing my answers to their questions ad verbatim. It really is a pity that no Pakistani media has ever put any questions to me in 16 yrs & 8 months. It is even more disturbing that #Pakistan is light years behind the rest of the world. https://t.co/p6yesgPgA2— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) December 20, 2021
Sunday, 19 December 2021
Saturday, 18 December 2021
Friday, 17 December 2021
The above is a screenshot, as alas I cannot embed it here. However, I can provide the link.
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Malik Waseem's father at Ambor hospital, Muzaffarabad:
Needless to say, there are a lot of people who don't like the idea of co-existence, especially between the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas (JKA). Anybody working on that line is automatically targeted. Most of us know what happened to Arif Shahid soon after this visit.
All told, everything has to be taken into consideration, given that we are part of the most contested territory in the world. The word 'land' takes on new dimensions here. The role of the land mafia ironically connects internal land-grabbing of 2022 with external land grabbing in 1947!
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