Thursday, 30 June 2022
Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Monday, 27 June 2022
Sunday, 26 June 2022
Saturday, 25 June 2022
27 سالہ خاتون حسینہ بی بی اور اس کے 18 ماہ کے معصول پھول کے چار قاتل اور چار سہولت کار۔#NeelumValley @SardarTanveerIK @sahaafi @MughalAmiruddin @UsmanTariqUSK @WaqarBagga @TariqNaqash @Yaseenusman_OFL @aakmaljarall @HamidMirPAK https://t.co/4bqHVFcKVb— Zaara (@zaara_kashmiri) June 25, 2022
English translation of the Urdu text above:
27 year old lady Haseena Bibi and her 18 month old innocent flower (child) were killed by 4 people, assisted by 4 others.
End of translation....
I'll try and summarise the story too, which can be read in Urdu at the link above.
Paalri in Dawaarian, which is in the Neelam Valley is where this gory incident happened.
This is an important development in the story of Asmaad Aslam, the young boy who accidentally crossed over the LOC from Tithrinote, Hajeera in November last year:
— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) July 2, 2022
Friday, 24 June 2022
Thursday, 23 June 2022
It is indeed. It is also to be noted that - at least in this day and age - it is more likely that non Muslims will understand the universal messages of Islam rather than Muslims themselves. In general, Muslims adopt the faith but not the guidance > complications 4 all humanity.— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) June 23, 2022
There was always likely to be a sharp turn in matters related to Malik Waseem Kashmiri versus the State of AJK. I've been studying this 'test case' since the middle of December last year. In fact, I dedicated a folder for this issue and began collecting evidence on all matters related to it, on the 13th of December 2021.
There was a twist yesterday and it is just ballooning as an issue, with more thrust than at any point since Malik Waseem and his family were evicted on January the 17th 2022, from Sardar Singh and Ratan Singh's land in Naluchi, Muzaffarabad; that they had occupied as refugees from the other side of JKA (Kupwara) in 1949. after migrating in 1947.
The man on the ground representing the 'strong arm of the law' was Deputy Commissioner (DC hereon) Muzaffarabad Nadeem Janjua, who used all available tools in the British colonial manual to allegedly detain, intimidate, harass, torture, beat and blackmail Malik Waseem and his family.
He was following orders from the Supreme Court of AJK, claimed he and almost every other asset of the 'governance system' in Muzaffarabad.
Yesterday morning, news reached most parts of AJK that a stolen car (from Lahore last year) with government of AJK number plates, was in the 'custody' or 'use' of DC Muzaffarabad.
According to the following video report by a Pakistani news channel, namely City 41:
|DC Muzaffarabad Nadeem Janjua|
When you lose everything!— Massood Sanjer (@MassoodSanjer) June 23, 2022
Devastating and heartbreaking!
Photo AP pic.twitter.com/60cJInWKFQ
Meanwhile, the following was a protest outside national press club Islamabad today, by students in response to Punjabi students conducting a lethal attack on Kashmiri students at Qaid e Azam University a few days ago. They demanded that the attackers be immediately arrested:
#Kashmiri_Students_Are_Not_Safe_In_Pakistan.— Akmal Jarall (@aakmaljarall) June 23, 2022
قائداعظم یونیورسٹی میں پنجابی طلبا۶ کاکشمیری طلبا۶ پرقاتلانہ حملےکےخلاف آج اسلام آبادمیں زیرِتعلیم طلبا۶ نےنیشنل پریس کلب اسلام آبادکےباہراحتجاجی مظاہرہ کیااورمطالبہ کیاکہ فلفور حملہ آوروں کوگرفتار کیاجاۓ۔#KashmiriStudentsUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/y7MXL5c8vV
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
This is not a video of Indian-occupied Kashmir or Palestine, but a video of the recent atrocities on Kashmiri students at a well-known university in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.— Zaara (@zaara_kashmiri) June 21, 2022
#KashmiriWantJustice @HamidMirPAK @HRCP87 @sahaafi @MughalAmiruddin pic.twitter.com/bFv1pOPLdO
Monday, 20 June 2022
Sunday, 19 June 2022
Saturday, 18 June 2022
Thankfully, we have achieved some respite over power outages since yesterday!
I can now begin concentrating on other immediate needs and concerns, all related to governance of course.
We decided to monitor the electricity supply again today (for the 4th day in a row) when we recognised it dropping again!
1205hrs: Electricity goes
1416hrs: Electricity returns
1641hrs: It departs again
1701hrs: It returns again
1801hrs: It goes again
1901hrs: It returns
2342hrs: It departs once again
0000hrs: Monitoring ends....
- Thus, in 12 hours of monitoring between (1200hrs to 0000hrs/midnight) we received 491 minutes of 720 minutes possible.
- That is, 8 hours and 11 minutes received out of 12 hours.
Percentage of electricity received today: 68.2% (0% low voltage)
Percentage of electricity received yesterday: 80.9% (0 low voltage)
Day Before Yesterday: 20.1% of which 4% was low voltage
Day Before The Day Before Yesterday: 51.7% of which 11.5% was low voltage
Thus, we can bring the current electricity monitoring process to a close for now. At least, until the next such crisis re-emerges. We can give a (mean) average to the last 4 days of monitoring thus: 55.3%
It can be safely assumed that when we are hit with such crises in AJK, we are unlikely to receive much more than 12 hours of electricity in 24 hours a day. This is an example from Dadyaal, the richest subdivision (tehsil) in AJK and amongst the most affected by the building of the Mangla Reservoir in the 1960s. The situation in other parts of AJK becomes much bleaker, the poorer that subdivision is.
It should also be remembered that the territory of AJK produces more than 10 times its own need, in terms of hydro powered electricity. This is but one prime example of how and why we are occupied by our Muslim neighbours to the west viz. Pakistan.
Friday, 17 June 2022
Thursday, 16 June 2022
Wednesday, 15 June 2022
It is without a doubt that the governance system around us - AJK son of Pakistan son of Imperial Britain - is rapidly disintegrating. The electricity we are receiving in the highest revenue generating tehsil (subdivision) of AJK (namely Dadyaal) is dwindling by the day. It is now easily less than 12 hours a day and the voltage is also rapidly deteriorating. There is no longer sufficient current to run a fridge and the ceiling fan also turns at a speed barely enough to generate a superficial breeze.
Not a day passes when we see multiple examples of our forests being burned out. All other aspects of governance have a similar gory tale to tell.
It was somewhat refreshing to read the following document:
Here's the comment that I made after reading it:
Thank you Jonathan. I found that quite insightful in some respects. I would just say among other important criteria for successful mediation in conflict resolution; the two that are most important in my opinion (and experience of over 17 years of uninterrupted on the ground action-oriented research in Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas) are genuine & representative inclusion of the affectees of conflict in any process and for that process to not be bound in time, it should be for the long haul, until resolution.
Meanwhile, I hope you are keeping well? We met quite a long time ago, one evening at a coffee shop in Islamabad, Pakistan.
End of comment....
The document above can be accessed on LinkedIn here.
Today I'll provide you a real-time insight into our electricity woes in AJK and specifically in Dadyaal, as I sit literally sweating on my keyboard:
1500hrs: Electricity arrived
1532hrs: Electricity departed
1646hrs: Electricity arrived (albeit at a very low voltage, not enough to make the ceiling fan spin at any reasonable speed!)
1718hrs: The voltage perked up to its regular voltage!
1753hrs: Electricity departed once again
2111hrs: Gone....and its raining
2132hrs: Returns as rain recedes
2144hrs: Gone again
2153hrs: Back again
2202hrs: Gone yet again
2300hrs: The electricity returns once again and remained until midnight.
- Thus, in 9 hours of monitoring between 1500hrs and midnight we received 279 minutes of 540 possible.
- That is, 4 hours 39 minutes received (of which 32 minutes were of low voltage) out of 9 hours.
- Barely half, which would average out to be around 12 hours out of 24.
Percentage of electricity received: 51.7% of which 11.5% was low voltage.
Earlier in the evening in Dadyaal, there appeared to be the first real protest against the power shortages meted out to this territory, despite producing more than ten times its need. There was a protest a couple of weeks ago but that was mild and brief. This was fiery, reports tell me.
Yes, the following is as absurd as it is true in the 'water kingdom' of Asia:
People yearning for drinking water in Nakyal AJK.#JusticeWithAJKpeople @HamidMirPAK @MughalAmiruddin @SardarTanveerIK @sahaafi @UsmanTariqUSK @WaqarBagga @TariqNaqash @HRCP87 @UN_HRC— Zaara (@zaara_kashmiri) June 15, 2022
Full Video:- https://t.co/x9TwNARLlv pic.twitter.com/QyyV2PGcHz
Meanwhile, I fired the following shot on Facebook, which I can't embed here - except as an image - but anyone can reach the link here.
Tuesday, 14 June 2022
Day 9 of our 'Public Policy Workshop' between 0800hrs and 1000hrs at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square in Dadyaal.
In pursuit of realising the proverb, "the early bird gets the worm".
We did consider it apt to make a video of how we're spending these 2 hours every day here:
Students in Muzaffarabad stage a protest against the abundant forest fires raging throughout AJK, organised by Jammu Kashmir Mahaz-e-Istiqlal (JKMI):
Monday, 13 June 2022
Sunday, 12 June 2022
— Jamil Nagri (@jamilnagri) June 12, 2022
Saturday, 11 June 2022
Friday, 10 June 2022
A few steps forward can be followed by a few steps back but we have to keep on driving ourselves forward. Its the overall journey that matters.
Despite everything, today is Day 5 of our 2 hour 'Public Policy Workshop' - between 0800hrs and 1000hrs - at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square in Dadyaal. No interruptions or complications so far.
Further disturbing news of intensifying occupation of AJK:
زراٸع کے مطابق سدھن گلی باغ، صوبہ جموں، ریاست جموں کشمیر میں پاکستان نیوی اور اٸیر فورس کو چھ کنال اراضی ریسٹ ھاوس کے لیے الاٹ کی گٸ ھے۔#Azad #Kashmir @MughalAmiruddin @sahaafi@UsmanTariqUSK@HamidMirPAK@GulBukharihttps://t.co/JCaRgmibwB— Zaara (@zaara_kashmiri) June 10, 2022
Translation of above tweet:
According to sources, the Pakistani navy and airforce have been alloted 6 kanaals (0.75 or 75% of an acre) of land for a resthouse in Sudhan Gali - Bagh, the province of Jammu in the State of Jammu Kashmir.
End of translation....
Raging forest fires in AJK. The following example is of Pateeka:
Thursday, 9 June 2022
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
Day 3 of a 2 hour routine (0800hrs to 1000hrs) at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square in Dadyaal. Scene of the most impactful event yet ref. 21 August 2020.
Picture 1 of 2 (of Facebook post):
Picture 2 of 2 (of Facebook post):
We had difficulties embedding the above post in one go as it seems Facebook has changed its embed settings. You can go direct to the post here. For those who don't want to or can't go directly to the aforementioned link, here's the text related to the post:
بہت بہت شکریہ سب دوستوں کا بھی اور سب دشمنوں کو بھی نیک تمنائیں پیش خدمت ہیں۔
کوئی ایسا مسلہ نہیں جو میز پر حل نہ ہو سکے۔
اگر دوستوں کو اس میز کی ضرورت ہے تو مقبول بٹ شہید چوک ڈڈیال آپ کی منزل ہے
Many many thanks to all friends and warm regards to all foes too.
There is no such issue that cannot be resolved at the table.
If friends need this table then Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square Dadyaal is their destination.
End of text....
This is why I talk of waste management. The following dreadful example is of Mirpur, sometimes described as mini England:
Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Today is Day 2 of a new beginning and if it all goes well - as always intended - we will reach the finishing line within a year.
Its a genuine early start today, even though I retired just after 0300hrs and couldn't sleep a wink until I got up at 0700hrs.
Earlier, in the earliest hour of today's date was posted the following on Facebook:
The embedding feature appears to have been restricted on Facebook, though one can go directly to the post from the hyperlink before the image above. Meanwhile, for those having difficulty reading the text in the image, here it is:
Photographing oneself drinking kahwa (green tea) as a monthly ritual for freedom, to build a world-wide coalition that ensures that no human being is forcibly bonded to another human, ideology or country.
We - the inhabitants of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas (JKA) - should pledge to the world that what we want for ourselves is not what we will deny to others, under any circumstances.
End of text....
It is important that we give as much attention to Gilgit Baltistan as possible. Whatever we feel in terms of slavery here in AJK can be multiplied many times over for the hapless aspiring citizens of what can be arguably described as the most strategic of regions in Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas (JKA).
Here are a couple of insights courtesy of the Twitter platform:
متنازعہ خطے کی #Lands کو ہتھیانے کا سلسلہ مزید تیز ہو گیا ہے اور #GilgitBaltistan کی حکومت اور ذمہ دار ادارے خاموش ہے۔#غذر کے تاریخی و جغرافیائی علاقے دنیا کے بلند ترین #PoloGround کے قریب چترال اسکاؤٹس نے علاقے پر مکمل قبضہ جمانے کے لئے تعمیرات کو آخری مراحل تک پہنچا دیا۔ pic.twitter.com/is4YPyC3lh— Zaara (@zaara_kashmiri) June 7, 2022
Translation of tweet:
Efforts to appropriate (dishonest seizure) land in a disputed territory have sped up while the government of Gilgit Baltistan and responsible institutions are silent.
In the historic and geographically strategic area of Ghizer - near the highest polo ground in the world - the Chitral Scouts have taken their construction to its final stages, in order to complete their occupation of the area .
End of translation....
Another example of why governance and State structures must be by the locals and for the locals, otherwise responsibility cannot be defined and accountability cannot be executed:
تعلیم دشمنی نہ منظور— Zaara (@zaara_kashmiri) June 7, 2022
گورنمنٹ مڈل سکول جگلوٹ بالا میں اساتذہ نہ ہونے کی وجہ سے بچے خود روڈ پر نکلنے پر مجبور ہو گئے ہیں۔
کوئی بچوں کی مدد کے لئے باہر آئے گا؟#Students #protest #GilgitBaltistan
@wajahatgilgiti @jamilnagri @alinashigri @ProgressiveGil1 @AmeenShah_GBian pic.twitter.com/TsEXOBnoNN
Translation of tweet:
Enmity towards Education is not Acceptable!
Due to absence of teachers the helpless children (supposed to be studying at) Government Middle School Upper Jaglot (in GB) have taken to the streets to demonstrate themselves!
Will anybody come out to help these children?
End of translation....
Monday, 6 June 2022
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Thursday, 2 June 2022
Wednesday, 1 June 2022
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