Day 113 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.
My punctuality deficit has decreased to 42 minutes.
Punctuality percentage: 64 days on time or early of 113 = 57% punctual.
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/eepkrwvbFh— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 23, 2022
Reviewing what has been discussed in the 2nd set of 4 elements of #PublicPolicy #PoliticiansAndPoliticalParties#StateInstitutions#SpecialInterestGroups#PublicOpinion
Case Study: The Story of Singapore
While we in AJK grapple with the best strategy to bring much needed change in our society, we can seek inspiration from elsewhere:
What has become clear so far (in 11 episodes from listeners and participants) is that:
Do we try and get the existing system to deliver with all its structural defects or do we create an alternative grassroots democratic framework for change?
Our people are undecided and unsure. In fact, they will veer towards the former for safety at this stage.
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 55 (updated at 1813hrs on 24/09/2022)
Average space count (11 days so far): 91
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/tHTMJm1l9h— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 22, 2022
The Ultimate test of #OwnershipNarratives vs #ClaimantNarratives in #JKA especially in the digital age is:#PublicOpinion
We can authoritatively claim that the following survey was the most representative of public opinion ever collected in any part of the erstwhile princely State, since 1947:
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 62 (updated at 1733hrs on 24/09/2022)
Average space count (10 days so far): 94
Does anyone remember Chacha Cricket? Well, it appears that he was in Bhimber yesterday, trying to rally the locals behind Pakistan's State narrative! Needless to say, he experienced a rude awakening:
In this age, there are multiple secure & authentic ways of capturing #PublicOpinion— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 22, 2022
Over the past few months in particular, #Pakistan has repeatedly failed the test of public opinion in #AJK & #GilgitBaltistan
The public is now preparing a legal challenge against its presence. https://t.co/u3l8ikmZTp
The following case is what I describe as the alleged murder of prime AJK human capital in Pakistan's capital Islamabad in March, earlier this year. The case of Imperial College London postgraduate Farooq Ali, a descendent of Plaak, Doulya Jattan, Kotli, AJK born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom:
Farooq was a graduate of Imperial College London (2:1 in Biochemistry with a A* from British Biotech during year in Industry) and had Masters in Biochemistry - also from Imperial College London.
He was from Bradford – he had studied at Bradford Grammar School securing 3 As at A level in Maths, Biology and Geography.
Farooq – strongly believed in education. Helped younger brother Yusuf and paid private school fees even whilst studying at Imperial. Helped his sister Rehiana get into Cambridge University – she’s now a Consultant Neurologist.
Why in Pakistan?
He was currently playing tennis - he hoped to go shortly on the seniors’ tour.
He loved Pakistan and knew much of the history of Pakistan and Kashmir. He wanted to play for Pakistan.
He was also currently writing a fiction book and it was nearing completion.
Farooq recognised he needed a “platform” to do anything for Pakistan, Kashmir and indeed, Palestine… this was where the tennis and book came in. He had written articles – not huge numbers but they were ideas/intellectual in content not a weekly/monthly output (he wrote under a pen name called Omar Khorharudin). He had contributed to Kashmir Media Services (KMS) and the article called ‘the second green revolution in Indian occupied Kashmir’ was syndicated to Pakistan Observer. He had previously set up cashmerenews.net and it was hacked a lot…here Farooq would put articles, content on culture, history etc. He also realised that Pakistanis and Kashmiris were more “visual” so tried to start cartoons…again focussing on the occupation.
He was of firm belief that Pakistan needed to do more for Kashmir on the international stage, that Kashmiris should lead from within Pakistan and that Hindustan had to be contained. He recognised that Pakistan was going to be key in the Muslim world and therefore would be targeted – directly and indirectly – by West and Israeli allies.
Family home is in Azad Kashmir
He was staying in hotel in Islamabad as it was close to the Pakistan Tennis Federation (which had clay and hard courts).
He did look for a flat but preferred the convenience of a hotel - with room service, laundry and housekeeping.
He was in Ramada by Wyndham hotel Islamabad. This is of the top 3 hotels in Islamabad and reportedly "safe". He moved there in May 2021.
We believe he was murdered on 11th or early hours of 12th March 2022. His body was "discovered" on 16th March 2022 i.e. 5 days later.
Farooq was - by August 2021 - paying hotel monthly. He would pay 8 - 10th of every month and kept a record. He never paid later than 10th of every month.
Rehiana, his sister, paid a visit in June 2021 staying for 4 weeks so knew their systems.
No concerns were raised when we spoke to our brother. He was only 44 years old and completely well and very upbeat. If he had any health concerns, he would have almost certainly shared them with his sister, who is a doctor. He had no medical conditions at all.
Rehiana and Farooq shared a credit card – she noticed no payment to the hotel had been made. His phone was unanswered – she assumed due to connection issues (this happened repeatedly before).
She called the hotel on 16th March 2022 to check that he was still at that hotel – and was assured he was. As it was still early in Pakistan, she did not ask to speak to him saying she would try him later. No reference was made that they had not seen him for 5 days.
She was called 7 hours later saying that her brother was dead.
She said she did not want her brother moved and that they were coming straight to Pakistan. She was very clear that forensic samples should be sent.
She asked if food samples had been sent and was told they were. She was told photographs and forensics had been taken and they would await her before moving the body.
The sisters and parents caught a flight the same day from Manchester, UK.
What happened with post-mortem?
Although Rehiana took my brother’s body to the hospital (she was told PIMS but found out later it was the federal polyclinic), she subsequently declined the post mortem because of the doctors involved and a feeling she was being “set-up”. The doctors - one of whom (Dr Niaz) works as on-call for Ramada Hotel. Rehiana was told they thought it was a stroke - this was without examining our brother's body and in advance of the post-mortem. As a Neurologist, she did not believe they could come to that conclusion as yet. After confirming with the police they had taken all forensic samples including blood and foam, she said she was prepared to forgo the post-mortem given the distrust of the doctors - including conduct of a Dr Javaria (the pathologist).
She met the Assistant Commissioner and wrote in English (Rehiana does not read or understand Urdu) that despite the lack of post-mortem there would be an investigation into his death. She later found that the Police also ignored an order from the magistrate - this ordered them to at minimum perform a superficial post-mortem. They did not do this.
My brother’s body was then taken to Kashmir and buried on Friday 18th March 2022.
Main lies by hotel
Suspicious activity on CCTV of 3 – 4 hotel people monitoring Farooq’s room between 4 – 5am on 12th March.
Other lies included:
that they did not chase billing as he was a long-term guest (in contrast to their behaviour evidenced) - which hotel allows a guest to stay free for 6 days?
- The Manager stating “Farooq only ordered food twice a week” and when Rehiana replied “really?” he said “yes, that has been his habit for a long time”. This was a lie as proven by itemised billing.
- lies about the ‘Do not disturb’ sign – again lies according to CCTV coverage
There are other lies too.
This 4* international hotel opened door without police and disturbed the crime scene. They allowed 14 people into the room.
- No finger printing of crime scene
- Never sent blood and foam for toxicology. For some reason police only sent for DNA - which is usually when you are unable to identify the body.
- Police did not send all food for forensics – in fact they did not send the last food eaten (milk and cereal) from 11th March 2022.
They kept food samples from 10th March in a cupboard – only sending to Lahore on 25th March.
- Despite Rehiana asking them to investigate, they refused to give an FIR (First Investigation report) – she had to go to court to get this.
- The Police made false statements claiming they were from family
The Police tried to say it was natural, then suicide and now natural.
Exhumation and post-mortem
- performed on 9th May 2022
- final exhumation report stated that they cannot ascertain the cause of death
Family have met all officials in police force – repeatedly promised an investigation which they then stop. We met the SHO 3 times, the SSP, the DIG, the first IG (Ahsan Younas) and now twice with IG Akbar.
All family have asked for is a fair, thorough and transparent investigation. But the Police won’t do it. Even when hotel staff and management lie, Police will not act.
Our family had to even petition the court to get the Police to investigate - not much has happened despite latest meeting with Islamabad Police Inspector General Akbar on 4th July in presence of Deputy High Commissioner of the United Kingdom (first meeting the British High Commission attended with the family he promised a thorough investigation within 2 weeks.
- The court had ordered police to complete investigation by 20th July
Still no police report – and now Police are pressurising independent medical board (from Kashmir) to change their report to say death was natural. It seems that the junior members of board had also been contacted by Police.
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/5qQmVrzDir— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 21, 2022
What qualifies as a special interest group in #AJK ?#Tribes#Sects#WelfareOrganisations#Regions
Anything or anyone else?#JKASovereignty#AJKPublicAgency
To understand the concept of 'Special Interest Groups' in AJK we can even cite the role of Pakistan in cultivating such groups here. They themselves are a domineering 'SIG' & this conversation with Raja Zafar ul Haq confirms that:
Resource extraction from #NeelamValley n #AJK n the dead of the night. This is just 1 example of 100s of 1,000s of such n the past 75 yrs. We will make every thief - local & n our neighbourhood - accountable 4 each & every splinter of wood, mineral particle, herbal leaf & drop of https://t.co/vSaQUVmrJL— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 21, 2022
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/YUfaWhEwhz— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 20, 2022
The 24th of October 1947 Provisional Government Declaration is founding document/constitution of the Govt sitting n #Muzaffarabad#AutocraticConstitutionalism#DemocraticConstitutionalism#Rebellion#AJKPublicAgency
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':
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 114 (updated at 2022hrs on 21/09/2022)
Average space count (8 days so far): 100
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/KGguL7CHfu— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 19, 2022
Agents of change:
1st of 4 are politicians and political parties #MuslimConference#NationalConference#PlebisciteFront#LiberationLeague#NSF#NLF#JKLF#KashmirFreedomMovement#JKPNP#UKPNP#BNF#JKPP#NAP#PDP#NEP
Possibly the furthest our political parties have reached to highlight our stand to a global audience, by being published in the most widely read newspaper in the world:
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 68 (updated at 1701hrs on 20/09/2022)
Average space count (7 days so far): 97
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/MdqL8j5oXW— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 18, 2022
Reviewing what we have learnt and unlearned on our journey so far about:#Security#Governance#Economy#Culture
Introspection opens avenues unnoticeable hitherto.
The concept of OBMs or Ownership-Building-Measures was introduced by myself in Rising Kashmir on 19 April 2011. This article was referenced by the late Professor Richard Bonney at a Kashmir Conference in a UK parliamentary room a month later, then critiqued.
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 63 (updated at 1559hrs on 19/09/2022)
Average space count (6 days so far): 94
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/hjJbHm53aC#Culture is a test of how much human beings can share with each other, can favour r support ideas & strategies n merit: peacefully, ethically, legally democratically.#EducationArt#ReligiousHarmony#Football#Sharda— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 17, 2022
One of the references cited in today's programme and in previous programmes was related to resource extraction during the British Indian colonial era. Here's the lecture given by ShashiTharoor at Edinburgh University in 2017:
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 83 (updated at 1533hrs on 19/09/2022)
Average space count (5 days so far): 101
— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 16, 2022
You will find the Upper Jhelum Canal Agreement of 1904 here:
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 70 (updated at 1816hrs on 17/09/2022)
Average space count (4 days so far): 99
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/AqqknLknQ1— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 15, 2022
Our daily virtual interaction with our co-citizens continues @ the same time & same space:#HumanDataManagement#SoilManagement#WasteManagement#WaterManagement
Converting natural advantages N2 competitive advantages
Please do go through the following link which takes us to a British parliamentary debate in 1935 on 'Water' and 'Kashmir:
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 109 (updated at 1801hrs on 17/09/2022)
Average space count (3 days so far): 109
Let me provide you a snippet of that debate on water and Kashmir:
House of Commons Debate on 11 April 1935
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham
Take the case of the Punjab, with its five large areas and its irrigation of 900 square miles, the biggest irrigation area in the world. On this water supply the people depend for their lives. The Attorney-General said that the Prince of Kashmir would be very unlikely to alter the course of those five great rivers on which the lives of the people depend. But it might happen if you give him the power. Any Prince who wants the Instrument of Instructions as full as possible will ask for all the powers that he can get. You give power here to interfere with these great irrigation schemes, and I do not think it is justified, unless you have some further control over the Princes than is apparent in the Bill. This is a far more important point than a great many others that have been brought up.
A note for my co-citizens, especially in the United Kingdom (UK):
Governance Of the Public By the Public For the Public
Human-Data/Soil/Waste/Water Management by the legally titled inhabitants of Jammu Kashmir & Allied (areas) - JKA - is key to resolving the 75 year long needless conflict in the most precious territory in the world.
The world doesn't want to hear about problems at all but it will open its ears for a solution, at any time of the day.
We must provide those solutions that India and Pakistan have failed to create since 1947. If we delay any longer or continue to naively wait for solutions from elsewhere, we are likely to be doomed.
Pre 1947 we were wedged between British and Russian hegemony.
We didn't learn.
In the 2020s we are on the verge of being wedged between US and Chinese hegemony.
We must learn the art of survival during this narrow window of opportunity.
Our strategy in its most simplified form:
Public Opinion + Public Resources = Public Policy
Please also refer to AJK Public Agency Note: #203729082022
We have now completed 102 days - without a break - between 0800hrs and 1000hrs every day, at Maqbool Bhat Martyr's Square in Dadyaal, district Mirpur AJK.
If we can manage the 4 elements mentioned at the beginning of this note - in a proper manner - we will be able to emulate the same techniques gradually over c. 85,000 square miles of JKA.
A significant reason why we have an inhumane system of governance in our territory is because there is something clearly wrong with how we collectively approach governance.
The public pays from its pocket (involuntary taxes and voluntary bribes) to sustain this system.
A world class system of governance will also require the public to keep its pockets active.
Simply explained in numbers for illustration:
Our current system is akin to 1,000 people fighting/cheating over a 100 rupee cake.
Our future system will be akin to 100 people competing for a share of a 10,000 rupee cake.
It is now time to develop that critical mass needed to restore the legal and constitutional 'right to rule' of the entitled inhabitants of this territory.
Public Agency > Public Assembly
As mentioned in Note: #203729082022 we wish to gradually employ 1,771 human-data management professionals, which will cost c. £20 million pounds or the equivalent of c. 5 billion PK rupees (at current prices).
Given that our largest diaspora is in the UK, we wish to reach out to them in a very simplified manner:
We would like them to contribute anything between £1 and £20 a month. Preferably via direct debit or via a monthly reminder.
For those of you well acquainted with this freedom struggle, your ignorance at this juncture will be considered criminal, especially if you are unwilling to devote even £1 a month, while enjoying rights that are considered privileges here in your home country.
I do not want any of my co-citizens to end up on the wrong side of history.
Founder - AJK Public Agency
Convenor - AJK Public Assembly
AJK Public Agency Note: #153715092022
Set a reminder for my upcoming Space! https://t.co/kUH44GBdaJ— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 14, 2022
Lifting the #IronCurtain with imagination, empathy, practicality and care.#WaterGeography#GeopoliticalNeutrality#JKASovereignty#AJKPublicAgency
An understanding of the security environment pre 1947 can be assessed from the Gilgit Agency Lease Agreement:
Space count: (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 87 (updated at 1753hrs on 17/09/2022)
Average space count (2 days so far): 109
A new beginning with a new format:— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) September 13, 2022
Practice makes perfect.
Consistency delivers results.
Thanks to everybody for participating.
All shades of opinion throughout the divided State of #JKA are welcome to join us between 9pm and 10pm #AJK time.https://t.co/vzA8KXqeQr
To understand why we can't be #India #Pakistan #China or any other country the following presentation can provide some important clues:
Space Count (That is: How many people have engaged so far): 131 (updated at 1741hrs on 17/09/2022)
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