Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 243 of 2022


Day 87 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 182 minutes.

Punctuality percentage: 45 days late of 87 = 52% late


Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 242 of 2022


Day 86 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has increased to 211 minutes.

Punctuality percentage: 45 days late of 86 = 52% late

I did say it wasn't as easy as some might think. Another late day to reverse.


Monday, 29 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 241 of 2022


Day 85 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has increased to 183 minutes.

Punctuality percentage: 44 days late of 85 = 52% late

One thing is certain. Whenever I have to travel out of Dadyaal the odds of me being late the next morning increase exponentially. It is remarkable that the gains I made yesterday morning were cancelled out precisely today. That is, I arrived at 0717hrs yesterday and thus decreased my punctuality deficit by 43 minutes. Today, I was precisely 43 minutes late!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my work it is important to understand that I have spent 85 days in a row - without a break - between 0800hrs and 1000hrs at Maqbool Bhat Martyr's Square in Dadyaal. Unfortunately, I have not been punctual on every single day and thus am trying to close the punctuality deficit by arriving earlier than 0800hrs, at every opportunity. I have managed to peg back the deficit from a low of 580 minutes to what it is today viz. 182 minutes.

It may even be in order to make a comparison between the number of days that I've been punctual versus the number of days I haven't:


Public Policy in AJK connecting with the world's experts in the subject at the London School of Economics:

I am sending my co-citizens this link at a critical stage of our journey towards nationhood and statehood in AJK and ultimately JKA. The 'London School of Economics' describes itself as the world's best institution for the study of Public Policy.

We now have an opportunity to enrol on an online course in our favourite and most appropriate discipline. It is also an opportunity to test our technical aptitude in this subject and compare our on-the-ground experience of 17 years and 5 months with the best of what's available in the world.

The cost to the public: c. $1,300 (US dollars)

We would also like to take this opportunity to give a broad outline of what is required from our people to design and develop a world class system of governance in AJK:

1,771 - human/data management professionals

Annual Budget:
£20 million (Pound sterling) or equivalent to c. 5 billion PK rupees.

*We are converting at the rate of 250 PK rupees to the pound for simplicity. The actual rate today is c. 258

The past 75 years of occupation/administration/control by others of JKA, connected to the prevailing absence of governance in AJK coupled with the naked priorities of self interest prevalent within our public, may suggest that the broad outline given above is impractical or even illegal.

There are over 5 million people living in or from AJK. At least 40% (over 2 million people) of them have at least a middle-class standard of living or live above subsistence level. What we require is for 100,000 of them to pay a voluntary tax of £200 or c. 50,000 PK rupees in a year. Which amounts to less than 55 pence or less than 137 PK rupees a day.

It should be common knowledge amongst our people that JKA is not legally or constitutionally part of any other country. The British Indian empire did not transfer suzerainty or sovereignty of this territory to any other country and neither did they retain it themselves. Furthermore, all the countries that claim or monitor this territory have conditioned their presence or involvement on the local people's reference. It is also clear that these inhabitants hold title to this territory. The Srinagar/Jammu Assembly doesn't exist in practice and the Assemblies in Gilgit and Muzaffarabad do not conform to international law (or the UN template on this region) and are not even recognised as an executive authority by their sponsor Pakistan. 

Thus, we - the people - are the masters of our own destiny. We have been waiting for the world to help us and we never gave serious thought to help ourselves or more appropriately, each other.

We have little time to waste and obviously this governance initiative cannot be implemented by force. The most this action-oriented researcher can do is publicly list those co-citizens who are familiar with this struggle for freedom & world class governance and have the means to finance it, yet deliberately refuse to do so. 

History will be their judge and ours too.

Written on 23/08/2022

Published as:
AJK Public Agency Note: #203729082022


Sunday, 28 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 240 of 2022


Day 84 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 140 minutes.

Punctuality percentage: 43 days late of 84 = 51% late


Saturday, 27 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 239 of 2022


Day 83 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 183 minutes.

Punctuality percentage: 43 days late of 83 = 52% late


Friday, 26 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 238 of 2022


Day 82 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 212 minutes.

Punctuality percentage: 43 days late of 82 = 52% late


Thursday, 25 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 237 of 2022


Day 81 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has increased to 234 minutes.

Punctuality percentage: 43 days late of 81 = 53% late

Damn! Another late day today.


Finally, it appears Asmaad Aslam of Tithrinote on the LOC in Hajeera will be home soon:

I felt it necessary to input the following comment at the petition website cited above:

I think this is a major achievement on the part of Indian civil society. Congratulations.

At this stage we will forego the description of him as a Pakistani, which he legally and constitutionally isn't. Nevertheless, pursuing his release tirelessly is a significant gesture of goodwill, on the part of Rahul Kapoor in particular.


Today was also 'Meeting the AC' day. Regular followers of this weblog will know that we like to keep our local administration and municipality engaged with all developments at Maqbool Bhat Martyr's Square. The following letter explains to the Assistant Commissioner (AC) that even at this late stage of the gardening season we would still like the administration and municipality to play a part in financing the beautification of the Square. They are always welcome to aid us in cleaning and gardening too.

Here's the latest written communication: 

Note that the last time we communicated was on August the 3rd. That was the 4th time since we began communicating on the 15th of June. Hence, the above is communication exhibit number 5.

However, the AC 'explained' that the municipality doesn't have any money and that we are welcome to do whatever is necessary to beautify the Square. We have promptly forwarded his written remarks to the municipality.

In the meantime, the president of the trader's association in Dadyaal, namely Anwar Daar has assured us that he will obtain a written MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) from the AC. Meanwhile, he suggests that we continue public funding to pay for the metal grills that we need to fortify the Square from animals.


Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 236 of 2022


Day 80 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has increased to 214 minutes.

Being punctual consistently without fail is a highly evolved skill. Despite decreasing our deficit from a high of 580 minutes a few weeks ago down to 157 minutes yesterday, one is disappointed to go behind once again. The euphoria of many days of decreasing the deficit is less than the disappointment of increasing the deficit, albeit even for a day. The plus side is that this setback today makes me more determined to never be late again.

There are no valid excuses for such a lapse but I did work throughout the day yesterday before travelling in the evening and not sleeping till way beyond 0200hrs this morning.

Punctuality Review over 80 days (with some statistics):

Day(s) - Time of Arrival at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal (hrs)

n.b. I had declared the timing of my daily sitting over the next 365 days to be between 0800hrs and 1000hrs.
1 -  0800
2 -  0803
3 -  0804
4 -  0806
5 -  0759
6 -  0756
7 -  0804
8 -  0805
9 -  0756
10 - 0805

18 minutes late (as aggregate over 1st 10 days)
6 days late of 10 (viz. 60% late)

11 - 0805
12 - 0757
13 - 0803
14 - 0755
15 - 0802
16 - 0806
17 - 0809
18 - 0802
19 - 0808
20 - 0804

31 minutes late (as aggregate over 2nd 10 days)
Which is a total of 49 minutes late over 20 days
8 days late of 10 (viz. 80% late)
Which accumulates as 14 days late of 20 (viz. 70%)

21 - 0821
22 - 0807
23 - 0804
24 - 0803
25 - 0819
26 - 0808
27 - 0758
28 - 0808
29 - 0808
30 - 0808

84 minutes (i.e. 1 hour 24 minutes) late (as aggregate over 3rd 10 days)
Which is a total of 133 minutes late over 30 days
9 days late of 10 (viz. 90% late)
Which accumulates as 23 days late of 30 (viz. 77%)

31 - 0823
32 - 0831
33 - 0838
34 - 0853
35 - 0759
36 - 0805
37 - 0759
38 - 0801
39 - 0812
40 - 0756

157 minutes (i.e. 2 hours 37 minutes) late (as aggregate over 4th 10 days)
Which is a total of 290 minutes late over 40 days
7 days late of 10 (viz. 70% late)
Which accumulates as 30 days late of 40 (viz. 75%)

In total over the next 40 days I have to make up for 290 minutes of poor punctuality in the first 40 days (i.e. 4 hours and 50 minutes!)

41 - 0827
42 - 0919 (deficit in total: 396)
43 - 0807
44 - 0803
45 - 0725
46 - 0822
47 - 0758
48 - 0905 (456)
49 - 0833
50 - 0931 (580)

290 minutes (i.e. 4 hours 50 minutes) late (as aggregate over 5th 10 days)
n.b. I was as late in these past 10 days as I was throughout the whole first 40 days. Which means that my punctuality is rapidly dwindling!
Cumulative punctuality deficit over 50 days = 580
8 days late of 10 (viz. 80%)
Which accumulates as 38 days late of 50 (viz. 76%)

51 - 0736
52 - 0744 (540)
53 - 0754 
54 - 0759 (533)
55 - 0750 
56 - 0753 (516)
57 - 0735 
58 - 0748 (479)
59 - 0748 
60 - 0840 (507)

73 minutes were gained (as aggregate over 6th 10 days).
Thus, we've beaten the punctuality deficit for the first time.
Cumulative punctuality deficit over 60 days = 507
1 day late of 10 (viz. 10%)
Which accumulates as 39 days late of 60 (viz. 65%)

61 - 0718 
62 - 0742 (447)
63 - 0804 
64 - 0749 (440)
65 - 0735 
66 - 0847 (462)
67 - 0713 
68 - 0712 (367)
69 - 0746
70 - 0748 (341)

166 minutes were gained (as aggregate over 7th 10 days).
Thus, we've beaten the punctuality deficit for the second time (in a row).
Cumulative punctuality deficit over 70 days = 341
2 days late of 10 (viz. 20%)
Which accumulates as 41 days late of 70 (viz. 59%)

71 - 0741 
72 - 0800 (322)
73 - 0744
74 - 0756 (302)
75 - 0738
76 - 0749 (269)
77 - 0735 
78 - 0725 (209)
79 - 0708 
80 - 0857 (214)

127 minutes were gained (as aggregate over 8th 10 days).
Thus, we've beaten the punctuality deficit for the third time (in a row).
Cumulative punctuality deficit over 80 days = 214
1 day late of 10 (viz. 10%)
Which accumulates as 42 days late of 80 (viz. 53%)

In these 80 days, we dropped our punctuality deficit to a peak of 580 minutes (9 hours and 40 minutes!) on Day 50.

However, by Day 80 we have pegged it back to 214 minutes (3 hours and 34 minutes).

We were late on:
6 days of 10, in 1st 10 days
8 days of 10, in 2nd 10 days
9 days of 10, in 3rd 10 days
7 days of 10, in 4th 10 days

Thus, we were late on 30 of the first 40 days! (viz. 75% late!) and by 290 minutes in total!

8 days of 10, in 5th 10 days
1 day of 10, in 6th 10 days
2 days of 10, in 7th 10 days
1 day of 10, in 8th 10 days

Thus, we were late on 12 of the second 40 days (viz. 30% late) and we actually gained 76 minutes in punctuality, though overall (over 80 days) our punctuality deficit still has 214 minutes to make up for (from the first 40 days)

Total: 42 days late of 80 = 53% late!

By Day 40 we were 75% late, thus we have gained an improvement of 22% in punctuality.

In short, we have improved our punctuality markedly, especially since Day 50. 

Review on Day 40 can be accessed here

*Percentages given are to the nearest whole number

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 235 of 2022


Day 79 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 157 minutes.

Today was my earliest arrival to date. Gaining me 52 minutes against my punctuality deficit.


Monday, 22 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 234 of 2022


Day 78 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 209 minutes.


Amongst the multitude of tasks I undergo on a daily basis are responding to comments on my Youtube channel at:

I would just like to share an important piece of information regarding the cultural heritage of Chamb, the southernmost urban centre of AJK. It was sent to me by a co-citizen barely 6 kilometres across the LOC whose family lived here pre 1971. After the war between both countries in that year, this area was one of those pieces of JKA that were swapped by both countries:

@Tanveer Ahmed ji, I am residing hardly six KM away (via Manawar Tawi) from the village Chak Pandit.
Chhamb was a big town having a big hospital, post office, vetenerary hospital, police station and higher secondary school.
Moreover Chhamb was popular for Sweet Palang -Tor (Milk cake).
(It was a) Very busy bazar with its culture heritage. The Festival of Baishakhi was celebrated with pump and show in this town.
Thanks 🙏 and God bless you.

..end of Youtube comment


Sunday, 21 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 233 of 2022


Day 77 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 244 minutes.


Saturday, 20 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 232 of 2022


Day 76 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 269 minutes.


Friday, 19 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 231 of 2022


Day 75 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 280 minutes.


Make no mistake, despite everything the path ahead is clear:


Thursday, 18 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 230 of 2022


Day 74 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 302 minutes.


Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 229 of 2022


Day 73 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 306 minutes.


Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 228 of 2022


Day 72 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has neither decreased or increased today. It remains stable at 322 minutes. It almost seems as if time has stood still, after 72 days of punctuality practice.


Update 2057hrs:

Something very gory and irresponsible happened in Haveli, Poonch AJK about 5 hours ago. Here's the Facebook post released a few minutes earlier:

For the sake of those who do not delve into the FB post here's what I wrote:

The #PakistanArmy is in serious trouble in AJK. 
About 5 hours ago it is reported that a Pakistani Army truck travelling through #Haveli #Poonch #AJK crushed a local - Zahid Badar Qureshi - to death before fleeing from the scene.
The public is in uproar and the local administration has yet to engage.

Urdu report on matter:

پاکستان آرمی کا ٹرک ذاہد بدر قریشی کو روند کر چلا گیا۔

ذاہد بدر قریشی کا تعلق ٹھولا نگر حویلی سے تھا۔

آرمی کے نوجوان گاڑی لیکر موقع سے بھاگ گئے۔ حویلی میں احتجاج جاری ہے لیکن کسی ذمہ دار کی طرف سے لواحقین کو کسی قسم کے انصاف کی یقین دہانی کیلیے ابھی تک کوئی نئ آیا۔

کچہری چوک میں پچھلے 5 گھنٹوں سے احتجاج جاری ہے


We have some bloody pictures of the scene too. We strongly feel the evidence must be in public for the sake of accountable governance - which we have yet to witness - since 1947:


Update at 2317hrs:

No criminal proceedings have been conducted yet and the local administration is still frozen. Unconfirmed reports are surfacing that the Pakistani army driver was inexperienced and incapable of handling the army truck. The public have continued to vent their anger towards the Pakistani army at Kacheri Chowk in Haveli. 

Their chants:

Qaatil Qaatil! (Murderers Murderers!)

Fauj Qaatil! (Army Murderers) with obvious reference to the Pakistani army


Ye jo dehshat gardi hay (This terrorism)

Is ke peechay wardi hay (has a uniform behind it) with obvious reference to the Pakistani army's uniform


Ye jo maara maari hay (These killings and mayhem)

Is ke peechay wardi hay (have a uniform behind it) with obvious reference to the Pakistani army's uniform


Zaalimo jawaab do (Answer us oh oppressors)

Khoon ka hisaab do (give an account of the blood) you have spilled


Here's a report by JKTV:


This is an example of how our children on both sides of the divide are indoctrinated as Indians and Pakistanis. It doesn't get much crueller than this:


Comedy has the potential to be more enlightening than lectures on philosophy:



Monday, 15 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 227 of 2022


Day 71 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 322 minutes.


In pursuit of a neutral JKA it is important that the world understands that we identify occupation of all kinds as occupation. Hence, our second black day in a row:


The following quotes will always haunt India until they vacate this territory. It should be remembered that we suggest the same for all foreign forces:


In the recent wave of protests throughout AJK we have also noticed government servants also protesting for a pay rise in light of the spike in living costs. These particular government servants in Dadyaal gathered en masse to remind the government of their unfulfilled promises. They also threatened to increase the volume and velocity of their protests if their demands were not met:

For those of you who cannot read the description within the video embed, here it is:

We interview Abdul Malik Bhat who is advisor to the president of the teacher's association of AJK. We understand that government employees in the State of AJK have not been given a pay rise in line with the recent hike in inflation, despite being assured and promised that they would be accommodated by the AJK Government. They also point out that government employees throughout the 4 provinces of Pakistan plus Gilgit Baltistan have all been given a pay rise to combat inflation.

They vow to increase the intensity and scope of their protests onto the streets of AJK if their 'just' demands are not met.

Matloob Hussain - district vice president (of the teacher's  association) Mirpur also adds his point of view.


Sunday, 14 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 226 of 2022


Day 70 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 341 minutes.


I honestly didn't know it would be so but it was. Here's my first video upload of the day:


This was followed by another video update forwarded to JKTV:


Then a relatively more comprehensive video was uploaded to this writer's YouTube channel, which also incorporates all the footage hitherto reported above:


The day's proceedings did not finish here. The next appointment on this writer's schedule was participation in a highly distinguished online forum, hosted by Khurshid Uz Zaman Abbasi on his Washington (USA) based channel Zaman TV USA. The panel included a former chief justice of the AJK Supreme Court (Choudhary Ibrahim Zia), the foremost expert on the UN mechanism on JKA (Dr Nazir Gilani), a former additional chief secretary of AJK (Akram Sohail) and myself:

Here are some observations I made during the programme:

Dr Nazir Gilani at 1:09:00
Pakistan has no case if it does not recognise AJK as a local authority.

Dr Nazir Gilani at 1:10:00
Responsibility for surveillance was to be that of the United Nations, not the Pakistani State.

Further points clarified by Dr Nazir Gilani:

There is effectively no political representation currently in AJK..i.e. Pakistani political parties do not represent the public of AJK...thus, there is no people's reference here.

If the Karachi Agreement is valid then what particular UNCIP responsibilities has Pakistan undertaken? 

In reference to the Chief Secretary (posted as de facto Governor of AJK) Dr Gilani considers that we should be the ones appointing him and make him conform to local requirements.

Pakistani political parties have over-ridden Article 257 (of their own constitution), indeed in the words of Dr Nazir Gilani they have "superseded" it.


It didn't finish there! For a day that started just before 0700hrs has still not finished at 2300hrs! We remain in Washington for the following Twitter Space, hosted by Washington Group and which also includes world renowned activists:


There were plenty of other incidents in various parts of AJK which gave a very clear message to the Pakistani occupiers on their so-called day of independence. Here's an example from the LOC in Keran, Neelam Valley:


In the following example from Mandhol near the LOC in Hajeera, Poonch the locals prevented the Pakistani army from taking the local schoolchildren out to a parade to celebrate their so-called independence:


The capital of AJK viz. Muzaffarabad wasn't to be left out either. Echoes of 'Kashmir Banega Khud Mukhtar' (Kashmir will be independent) resounded throughout the city:


Saturday, 13 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 225 of 2022


Day 69 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 353 minutes.


Friday, 12 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 224 of 2022


Day 68 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 367 minutes.


Thursday, 11 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 223 of 2022


Day 67 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has decreased to 415 minutes.

I have managed to swing the deficit back to where it was a couple of days ago. It just so happens that I was 47 minutes late yesterday and by fantastic coincidence, I was 47 minutes early today. Until I don't bring the deficit back to zero, I will not achieve peace of mind.


I'm narrating the following because these matters ultimately paved the path for the political structure of India & Pakistan today. It also facilitated the gradual bilateral occupation by both countries of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas (JKA) under the British designed 80/20 railway track (whereby India & Pakistan symmetrically agree on 80% and disagree on 20% of how to maintain their respective occupations of our territory). In short, we've been stung by the 2 nation theory which continues to paralyse the whole region:

An excerpt from my reading journey:

It is to be noted that after declaring Congress an anti-national and unlawful organization, the British masters allowed only Hindu Mahasabha and the Muslim League to function.
Most of us know that the then Communist Party of India opposed the QIM (Quit India Movement) thus betraying a great phase of mass upsurge in the history of the freedom struggle.

The Hindutva camp not only opposed QIM but also provided multifaceted and multi-dimensional support to the British rulers in suppressing this historic mass upsurge. In this connection, shocking documents are available.


Hindutva Gang colluded with British Rulers & Jinnah against Quit India Movement: A peep into Hindutva Archives

By Shamsul Islam


Continuing with the theme of the ill-fated 2 nation theory, the following Urdu letter written by the brilliant Allama Mashriqi cannot be ignored:


Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 222 of 2022


Day 66 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


My punctuality deficit has increased to 462 minutes.

All those incremental improvements in punctuality over the couple of weeks have almost been washed away in one swoop, it seems. I didn't finish working till beyond 0500hrs and I couldn't get up till 0815hrs....


The following programme is what I describe as:

Mapping the future of the most precious territory in the world.

This programme did actually take place on the 14th and not the 13th as originally advertised, due to some technical issues.


The following note was written in the early hours of this morning:

I appreciate that we are all constrained for time but in public interest and the existential crisis we find ourselves in, I would like to obtain your thoughts on the following note: 


The State of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas (JKA) 

To be or not to be....from a people's perspective (the local public, inhabitants or permanent residents)

The former princely State of Jammu & Kashmir is described as such to be inclusive of all regions while maintaining simplicity for ease of use, including the convenient acronym JKA. The word 'Kashmir' has been used both during and post British colonial era to refer to the whole State, for ease of use amongst other reasons. The actual valley of Kashmir, almost symbolising the core of the State on account of it almost being at the geographic centre of the State, which also has an almost exclusive geography distinct from the rest of the State - a plain area surrounded by mountains in every direction - where the majority speak a distinct language from the rest and have certain distinct cultural traits too. It has also been the centre of attention for a variety of good and bad reasons. It should also be noted that there is a cultural 'Kashmiri' identity and a political 'Kashmiri' identity. They are not one and the same for everybody. The political 'Kashmiri' identity has been used in AJK (Pakistani controlled Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Pooch: whereby the acronym AJK is also used to be inclusive and easy to identify despite the controversial use of 'Azad') by its inhabitants to primarily differentiate between an Indian & Pakistani political identity, although both India & Pakistan have manipulated its connotations for the purposes of subverting internal political convergence of the inhabitants. It has also become abundantly clear that most people living in Gilgit Baltistan, Jammu and Ladakh do not subscribe to it as a political identity, not least because they think that it subsumes their own regional identities. Hence, our use of the acronym JKA. 

Our window of opportunity to restore the State of JKA is smaller than most of us think, in my opinion. When any politician, activist, judge or bureaucrat tells you that this is a long struggle and we need to go slow; they are either trying to stem the tide of much needed change for their own convenience or they are innocently misjudging the gravity of the situation, as well as the nature of the fast paced world we are living in and the concerted attempts of regional & global back door diplomacy.

If AJK (the 6% sliver of south western JKA) - is as anticipated -  the last hurdle in completing implementation of the British colonial designed (in 1947) gradual process of integrating our territory into India & Pakistan - minus the portions gained by China - does not rise to the occasion, we will no longer - in a practical sense - have a locus standi to reclaim the territory of JKA, as a people. 

Our strengths and weaknesses:

1) Peaceful
The people of Poonch in AJK have successfully re-ignited a spark hitherto seemingly dormant. We must all build on this and as explained before, we have maintained a peaceful resistance despite obvious long term structural suppression and violent - though intermittent - repression by the 'State'. 

2) Ethical
We have ethical arguments that provide a better alternative for humanity compared to what is effectively joint military control by India & Pakistan over our territory. 

3) Legal
We also hold title - as inhabitants identified as the 'people' of the territory - which provides a sound legal basis and 'natural' advantage over the claims of India & Pakistan.

4) Democratic
What we need to pay attention to is the 'democratic deficit' within us.

Weaknesses observed:

a) We do not give fair and equal space to each other. We talk 'at' each other rather than 'to' each other. We do not understand that the better we listen & observe, the better we can speak & write.

b) We want to mobilise everybody towards a specific ideology or strategy at the exclusion of all others. We do not recognise the merits of plurality or understanding the need for synthesising consensus to develop successful public policy. Most of us side with one country or another without realising that we are opening space for multiple external claims on our territory while closing all opportunities to internal ownership by the inhabitants. Lessons in geo-political neutrality and democracy can be learned from Switzerland.

c) We do not weigh the difference between each other in terms of commitment, integrity, consistency, grasp of the subject at hand and we do not devote our personal resources to the 'national cause' on merit. We have also de-linked the 'rights struggle' from everyday governance and have thus given a free hand to our own politicians, bureaucrats, judiciary and practically all other government servants to abuse public resources (both taxpayer funded and environmentally endowed) at will. As in all colonial structures, we pay for our own subjugation.

d) We do not act according to our title ('Maalik' aur 'Waaris' meaning 'Owners' and 'Inheritors'). This means that we do not seek re-instatement of our fundamental rights as a primary condition of dialogue with our neighbouring claimants. Our posture is to seek concessions from them to make our individual lives relatively easier to bear, likewise giving them a free hand to control all levers of governance, which we think is beyond our grasp or domain. This is how our politicians operate and this is how we emulate their behaviour by sacrificing public interest for personal interest, paving the way for India & Pakistan to consolidate their grip decade after decade, to the extent that we have now reached the verge of extinction as a political entity.


AJK Public Agency Note #020910082022


An Urdu translation of AJK Public Agency Note #020910082022: 

یہ بات درست ھے کہ ھم سب کے پاس وقت کی کمی ھے لیکن عوامی مفاد اور خاص کر کہ جب ھمارے وجود کی بقاء کو مٹنے اور مٹانے کے  المیے کا سامنا ھے اس سلسلے میں مناسب سمجھتا ھوں کہ آپ سب کو کچھ آنے والے حالات سے آگاھی دوں اور اس کے ساتھ ساتھ درج ذیل نوٹ  پر آپ کے خیالات بھی جان سکوں ۔



ریاست جموں کشمیر و متحدہ علاقہ جات کو JKA کے نام سے جانا جاتا ھے کیونکہ یہ نام تمام خطوں کی نمایندگی کرتا ہے اور یہ لفظ کی اداییگی اور استعمال میں آسان بھی ھے اور  سادہ بھی ، اور جس میں آسان مخفف JKA بھی بنتا ہے۔ اور ریاست جموں کشمیر  و متحدہ علاقہ جات کو صرف لفظ 'کشمیر' برطانوی نوآبادیاتی دور کے دوران اور اس کے بعد دونوں وجوہات کے ساتھ استعمال ھوتا رھا ھے ایک  یہ نام   بولنے میں آسان اور مختصر ھے اور دوسرا یہ کہ ریاست کی پہچان اور نام کو آنے والی نسل کےلیے یچیدہ بنا دیا جایے۔ حالانکہ ریاست جموں کشمیر و متحدہ علاقہ جات میں واقع  کشمیر کا علاقہ دراصل تقریباً ریاست کے عین  جغرافیائی مرکز میں ہونے کی وجہ سے ریاست کے مرکز کی علامت ہے، جس کا تقریباً ایک مخصوص جغرافیہ بھی باقی ریاست سے کچھ الگ ہے - چونکہ یہ زیادہ تر میدانی علاقے پر مشتمل ھے اور اطراف سے پہاڑوں سے بنی قدرتی فصیل ھے  ریاست کے اس مرکزی خطہ کشمیر کی اکثریت کشمیری   زبان بولتی ہے جو کہ باقی علاقوں میں بولی جانے والی بولیوں سے بالکل الگ ھے۔ ریاست کے اس مرکزی خطہ کشمیر کی کچھ مخصوص ثقافتی خصوصیات بھی ہیں۔ یہ کچھ مختلف اچھی اور بری وجوہات کی بنا پر صدیوں سے توجہ کا مرکز بھی رہا ہے۔ یہ بات بھی واضح کرتا چلوں کہ ریاست کے اس حصے کی  ایک ثقافتی شناخت کے ساتھ ساتھ ایک سیاسی شناخت بھی ہے۔ حالانکہ یہ سیاسی شناخت سب کے لیے ایک جیسے نہیں ھے اور یہ سیاسی  شناخت صرف  آزاد جموں و کشمیر میں استعمال کی گئی ہے (پاکستانی کنٹرولڈ میرپور، مظفرآباد اور  پونچھ نیلم): جس کے تحت اس آزاد خطے کو  AJK  کا نام دیا جاتا ھے  جو کہ  اس کا مخفف بھی ھے۔  حالانکہ  لفظ  'آزاد' کے متنازعہ استعمال کے باوجود شناخت کرنے میں آسان اور آسانی کے لیے استعمال کیا جاتا ھے جب کہ اس کے باشندوں کے درمیان بنیادی طور پر فرق کرنے کے لیے۔ ایک ہندوستانی اورپاکستانی سیاسی تشخص، اگرچہ ہندوستان اور پاکستان دونوں نے ریاستی باشندوں کے اندرونی سیاسی اتحاد کو ختم کرنے کے مذموم  مقاصد کے لیے اس کے مفہوم میں ہیرا پھیری کی ہے۔ یہ بات بھی کافی حد تک عیاں ہو چکی ہے کہ گلگت بلتستان، جموں اور لداخ میں رہنے والے زیادہ تر لوگ اسے سیاسی شناخت کے طور پر نہیں مانتے، کم از کم اس لیے نہیں کہ وہ سمجھتے ہیں کہ یہ ان کی اپنی علاقائی شناخت کو واضع نہیں کرتا ہے۔ لہذا، ہمارے نام کا مخفف JKA کا استعمال ھی درست ھے


جے کے اے کی ریاست کو بحال کرنے کے مواقع کی ہماری کھڑکی میری رائے میں ہم میں سے اکثر کے خیال سے چھوٹی ہے۔ جب کوئی بھی سیاست دان، کارکن، جج یا بیوروکریٹ آپ کو بتائے کہ یہ ایک طویل جدوجہد ہے اور ہمیں سست رفتاری سے آگے بڑھنے کی ضرورت ہے۔ وہ یا تو اپنی سہولت کے لیے یا پھر  انتہائی ضروری تبدیلی کی لہر کو روکنے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں یا پھر وہ معصومیت سے حالات کی سنگینی کے ساتھ ساتھ اس کی نوعیت کا غلط اندازہ لگا رہے ہیں۔ تیز رفتار دنیا جس میں ہم رہ رہے ہیں اور علاقائی اور عالمی بیک ڈور ڈپلومیسی کی ٹھوس کوششیں ریاست کو مٹانے کےلیے ھو رھی ھیں


اگرچہ AJK (جنوبی مغربی JKA کا 6%  کا ٹکڑا ھے) - جیسا کہ متوقع ہے کہ برطانوی نوآبادیاتی ڈیزائن (1947 میں) ہماری سرزمین کو ہندوستان اور پاکستان میں ضم کرنے کے بتدریج عمل کو مکمل کرنے میں آخری رکاوٹ  ثابت ھو رھا ھے - (چین کا حاصل کردہ ٹکڑا اس کے علاوہ ھے) مگر یہ کوشش ناکافی ھے اور اگر ھم حالات کے مطابق کھڑے نہیں ھو سکے تو آگے چل کر ھمارے پاس ریاست جموں کشمیر و متحدہ علاقہ جات کو حاصل کرنے کےلیے کویی دلیل نہیں ھو گی کہ ھم ریاست کو واپس حاصل کر سکیں لہذا ھمیں چوکنا رھنا ھو گا اور AJK خاص کر پونچھ کے علاقے سے دوبارہ اٹھنے والی اس تازہ آزادی کی لہر کا ہر ممکن تحفظ کرنا ھو گا۔


ہماری خوبیاں اور کمزوریاں:


1) پرامن

آزاد جموں و کشمیر میں پونچھ کے لوگوں نے کامیابی کے ساتھ ایک چنگاری کو دوبارہ بھڑکا دیا ہے جو اب تک بظاہر غیر فعال تھی۔ ہم سب کو اس کی پشت پر رھنا چاہیے اور جیسا کہ پہلے بیان کیا گیا ہے، ہم نے 'ریاست' کی طرف سے واضح طویل مدتی ساختی جبر اور پرتشدد - اگرچہ وقفے وقفے سے - جبر کے باوجود ایک پرامن مزاحمت کو برقرار رکھا ہے۔


2) اخلاقی

ہمارے پاس اخلاقی دلائل ہیں جو انسانیت کے لیے ایک بہتر متبادل فراہم کرتے ہیں اس کے مقابلے میں جو کہ ہمارے علاقے پر ہندوستان اور پاکستان کے مشترکہ فوجی کنٹرول ہے۔


3) قانونی

ہم ٹائٹل بھی رکھتے ہیں - علاقے کے 'لوگ' کے طور پر شناخت کیے گئے باشندوں کے طور پر - جو کہ ہندوستان اور پاکستان کے دعووں پر ایک مضبوط قانونی بنیاد اور 'قدرتی' فائدہ فراہم کرتا ہے۔


4) جمہوری

ہمیں جس چیز پر توجہ دینے کی ضرورت ہے وہ ہے ہمارے اندر کا 'جمہوری خسارہ'۔


کمزوریوں کا مشاہدہ کیا گیا:



 ہم ایک دوسرے کو منصفانہ اور مساوی جگہ نہیں دیتے۔ ہم ایک دوسرے کی بات سننے  کے بجائے ایک دوسرے سے بات کرتے ہیں۔ ہم یہ نہیں سمجھتے کہ ہم جتنا بہتر سنتے اور مشاہدہ کرتے ہیں، اتنا ہی بہتر بول اور لکھ سکتے ہیں۔



ہم باقی سب کو چھوڑ کر سب کو ایک مخصوص نظریہ یا حکمت عملی کی طرف متحرک کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ ہم تکثیریت کی خوبیوں کو تسلیم نہیں کرتے یا کامیاب عوامی پالیسی تیار کرنے کے لیے اتفاق رائے کی ترکیب کی ضرورت کو نہیں سمجھتے۔ ہم میں سے اکثر یہ سمجھے بغیر کہ ہم اپنی سرزمین پر متعدد بیرونی دعووں کے لیے جگہ کھول رہے ہیں اور وہاں کے باشندوں کی اندرونی ملکیت کے تمام مواقع بند کر رہے ہیں، ایک یا دوسرے ملک کا ساتھ دیتے ہیں۔ سوئٹزرلینڈ سے جیو پولیٹیکل نیوٹرلٹی اور جمہوریت کا سبق سیکھا جا سکتا ہے۔



ہم عزم، دیانتداری، مستقل مزاجی، موضوع کی گرفت کے لحاظ سے ایک دوسرے کے درمیان فرق کو نہیں تولتے اور ہم اپنے ذاتی وسائل کو میرٹ پر 'قومی مقصد' کے لیے وقف نہیں کرتے۔ ہم نے 'حقوق کی جدوجہد' کو روزمرہ کی طرز حکمرانی سے بھی جوڑ دیا ہے اور اس طرح اپنے ہی سیاست دانوں، بیوروکریٹس، عدلیہ اور عملی طور پر دیگر تمام سرکاری ملازمین کو اپنی مرضی سے عوامی وسائل (ٹیکس دہندگان کی مالی امداد اور ماحولیات کے لحاظ سے عطا کردہ) دونو کا غلط استعمال کرنے کی کھلی چھٹی دے دی ہے۔ تمام نوآبادیاتی ڈھانچے کی طرح، ہم اپنی محکومی کی قیمت خود ادا کرتے ہیں۔



ہم اپنے لقب ('مالک' اور 'وارث' کے معنی 'مالک' اور 'وارث' کے مطابق عمل نہیں کرتے ہیں۔ اس کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ ہم اپنے ہمسایہ دعویداروں کے ساتھ بات چیت کی بنیادی شرط کے طور پر اپنے بنیادی حقوق کی بحالی نہیں چاہتے۔ ہمارا موقف یہ ہے کہ ہماری انفرادی زندگی کو برداشت کرنے کے لیے نسبتاً آسان بنانے کے لیے ان سے مراعات حاصل کی جائیں، اسی طرح انھیں حکومت کے تمام پہلوؤں کو کنٹرول کرنے کے لیے آزادانہ ہاتھ فراہم کرنا ہے، جو ہمارے خیال میں ہماری گرفت یا دائرہ کار سے باہر ہے۔ اس طرح ہمارے سیاستدان کام کرتے ہیں اور اس طرح ہم ذاتی مفادات کے لیے عوامی مفادات کو قربان کر کے ان کے طرز عمل کی تقلید کرتے ہیں، بھارت اور پاکستان کے لیے دہائیوں کے بعد اپنی گرفت مضبوط کرنے کی راہ ہموار کرتے ہیں، اس حد تک کہ ہم اب ناپید ہونے کے دہانے پر پہنچ چکے ہیں۔     ھمیں جاگنا ھوگا۔ اور یہ آخری موقع ھے۔



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