Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 4 of 2022


Fighting with time to make sense of diverse opinion and strategy which bombards me on a daily basis. Creating consensus is not elusive though.


JKLF (Toqeer faction/group) are into their 59th day of a sit-in protest in Kotli, for the return of their confiscated literature by Pakistan's clandestine agencies. They conducted a novel protest today by symbolically handcuffing themselves, to offer the visiting prime minister of AJK Sardar Abdul Qayoom 'Niazi' some food for thought. After all, the latter is 'officially' the head of State of the 'free' part of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas.


The following is also a novel manner of attracting attention to the child victims of war, namely 'Red to Green' Kashmir. This annual activity on the 4th of January began a few years ago and initially received some patronage from the AJK government, before paranoia on behalf of the Pakistani State set in, as it usually does with any well-intentioned initiative in AJK. Meanwhile, the commitment of local activists - despite the icy temperatures and rain - may be witnessed:


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