Day 178 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.
We are making further changes in our daily routine. A morning walk at 0400hrs has been initiated today. This picture was taken whilst returning home.
Day 178 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.
Almost at the stroke of midnight tonight I typed the following question into Chacha #Google : How to bid to host the next possible FIFA World Cup in Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas (JKA)? I got 8 results but I need to dig deeper to execute #JKASoftPower #AJK #FIFA #Qatar #300bn pic.twitter.com/U9txfTW8Z4— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) November 25, 2022
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B) Organisation/rank/capacity/website reference
C) Social/political theme (that they espouse) and their written response which should be no longer than the snapshot charter itself (recommended response is 100 to 250 words).
D) Date response received and status of invitations where possible.
n.b. We will try and invite the senior most member of the party or organisation/institution concerned and failing that will seek out the second in command and so on etc. The list will be in the order of the responses received. As intimated earlier, it will try and include every significant public personality throughout the divided territory.
1) Choudhary Zahoor Kashmiri of Raj Mahal Kotli AJK
He describes himself as a simple worker of the JKLF (Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) and is not a part of any faction. He has been included on merit because he has and is working hard to bring unity amongst all freedom-loving parties in the territory.
- A total withdrawal of foreign occupying forces.
- Our resources should be in our control.
- Our country must be ruled by our own people.
- The freedom movement should be galvanised and organised down to the level of wards (urban areas) and union councils (rural areas).
- The freedom revolution can only be realised by increasing public consciousness at a collective level.
- This will usher in an era of freedom and prosperity.
- These are the few words that I can offer (in response to the Citizen's Charter).
Note: Choudhary Zahoor Kashmiri responded to our Facebook post of 24/11/2022 and submitted his opinion on 25/11/2022
2) Kranti Bhushan of Jammu whose parents had to forcibly migrate from their original home in Muzaffarabad in 1947.
His designation is as Principal Consultant, HKD Consulting Engineers & Founder/General Secretary of SEARCH (Saving Environment and Activism for Restoration of Culture and Heritage).
We as citizens of India consider Jammu & Kashmir an integral part, based on historical and constitutional facts. Since Vedic times (scriptures date back over 5,000 years) Kashmir has been a centre of spiritual learning. Kalhan’s 12th century ‘Rajatarangani’ (translated from Sharda script to English by Hungarian-British linguist Aurel Stein in 1900) confirmed these Vedic roots and their association with the rest of the country.
Geographically, it is true that Kashmir was not initially connected to modern day India, which appeared better accessible through Muzaffarabad, from where the river Jhelum flows south but India - or Bharat - before 1947 included all these areas, including Peshawar.
At partition, the Kashmir kingdom had a choice to accede with either India or Pakistan and the ‘Instrument of Accession’ was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh in favour of India, hence J & K constitutionally became an integral part of India, including those areas under Pakistan’s occupation. India’s parliament passed a resolution in 1994, confirming POJK an integral part, pending annexation.
Even in the recent delimitation exercise for J & K by the central government, they have retained reserved Assembly (and Council) seats for POJK, on which elections will now be contested.
UT status is a temporary measure. J & K will revert to a State. We are clear on that. We eagerly look forward to POJK formally merging with the State of J & K.
Note: Kranti initially submitted and then confirmed his written response on 27/11/2022
3) Shiban Koul aka Santosh Kashmiri was born and brought up in village Seer Hamdan, district Anantnag (Valley of Kashmir)
He has worked with trade unions as general secretary of the Confederation of Central Government Employees Jammu & Kashmir. Currently he is associated with a civil society initiative namely Lok Manch (a Jammu based people's initiative which works for Indo- Pak Peace and peaceful resolution of all mutual conflicts). Peaceful co-existence, global warming and climate change are at the centre of all initiatives of the organisation.
I agree with all the points. Very beautifully drafted. Though proxy war has been waged by Pakistan not India in 1989, I still agree with the wordings used in the sentence to enable people across the divide to rally on this demand to ensure that this proxy war is stopped without any further delay. As regards demographic changes, no such changes have occurred even after abrogation of 35A of the Indian Constitution and after making Article 370 in-operational. However, in Gilgit Baltistan State Subject Rules were abrogated in 1974 and there has been a huge demographic change.
We must demand restoration of State Subject Law in both the areas. I am of the opinion that we should encourage a multi-layered dialogue among the people of JK and at the same time encourage both Pakistan and India to enter in to dialogue at bilateral level, which can be concluded in a trilateral framework after a consensus is evolved among the stake holders within the JK State.
Note: Santosh initially submitted and then confirmed his written response on 28/11/2022
4) Zahid Hussain
Senior deputy president of Sarorajia Revolutionary Party Rawalakot (Poonch West) AJK
What possible negative opinion can be given on this (charter).
All these points are fundamental and merit importance.
The actual issue is: What mechanism will be adopted to achieve these targets?
Written response received on: 29/11/2022
5) Hafeez Habeeb of Mong in district Sudhnoti AJK
Central Chief Co-ordinator - Mission Kashmir Task Force (MKTF)
Sir, we are in agreement on these 4 points and apart from these, there are other complex points that necessitate a solution, as they have enslaved us.
Written response received on: 30/11/2022
6) Yasin Anjum of Palandri AJK whose family also migrated from Mendhar post 1947
Zonal president - Nature Mankind Friendly Global Party (NMFGP)
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(note that this particular response is of 450 words, which is longer than the stipulated limit of 250 words. The translation has been confined to 300 words and is thus not a word for word translation of the above)
Jammu Kashmir is a trilateral dispute and a source of utmost enmity between India, Pakistan and Jammu Kashmir. The latter’s division has become the fundamental reason for the violent clash between pro and anti militancy forces.
Nature Mankind Friendly Global Party (NMFGP) suggests a superb solution for this. (Namely) to reunite the State of Jammu Kashmir in its (original) shape as in 1947 and grant it autonomy in a federal structure. Which under the joint administration of India and Pakistan would surface as a 'Nature Mankind Friendly' condominium. This solution would bind the genuine interests and aspirations of all 3 parties into a treaty that could be acceptable to all.
This ‘Joint Condominium’ would achieve parity between all 3 parties whereby the territory of the State of Jammu Kashmir would no longer be used against any other country. Thus, helping us emerge out of this dark and dangerous pit in which we have been stuck in since 1947. Sectarianism promoted during the British colonial era paved the path for Jammu Kashmir's inhumane division, as per the British agenda.
NMFGP proposes strict adherence to the State Subject Rules of 1927 and 1932 which would be pragmatic, as correcting mistakes and destruction of the past would provide a historic milestone.
Economy....NMFGP proposes that this territory be developed as a global hub for tourism, horticulture and clean energy production.
NMFGP will sincerely pay particular attention to unemployment, poverty, social security for the elderly, the rights of labourers & farmers and gender equality.
Respecting all religions and ensuring the protection of all their places of worship. Global Party's road map is to galvanise the State of Jammu Kashmir's development as a strong bridge of peace, friendship, co-operation and joint prosperity. This inspirational trilateral model would mitigate (the effects) of the bloody division in 1947.
Written response received on: 04/12/2022
7) Nasir Ali of Nasirabad in Hunza Gilgit Baltistan
Party Spokesman - Awami Workers Party Gilgit Baltistan (AWP GB)
8) Quayyum Raja of Kajrullah in tehsil Khuiratta, district Kotli
Founding Chairman - Jammu Kashmir Public Diplomacy
You are accumulating a pertinent data on a lasting and internal or home solution to the home problem. A sensible and self-conscious people always have their own agenda and formulas.
It is unfortunate that some of the subservient or imposed leaders of our divided state of JK beg their masters and occupiers for a solution to JK issue.
Yes, "Economic Peace" requires social, cultural and religious tolerance. India and Pakistan only teaches people what divides them, not what unites them. Economic necessities have forced the people of this region to migrate to completely alien cultures, where they haven't only readjusted but joined the ruling classes. The British PM and Ministers in the UK are a prime example. Yet, many people argue they can't live together at home due to religious and cultural differences. We must shun such ideas and revisit our past where our ancestors happily lived together.
Written response received on: 21/01/2023
List of responses awaited:
1) Liaqat Hayat of Rawalakot AJK
President of Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP)
Web reference: refworld.org/docid/41501c4623.html
Politics: Left/nationalist/united/democratic/secular Jammu Kashmir
Contacted 18/11/2022 - Will confirm date in due course. No response to date viz. 06/04/2023
2) Farooq Haider of Chikaar AJK
Former prime minister of AJK and former president of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz faction's AJK Chapter (PML-N AJK)
Web reference: pmln.org
Contacted 19/11/2022 (reference Irshaad Peerzada) - Will confirm date in due course. No response to date viz. 06/04/2023
3) Nasir Sarwar of Rawalakot
Media Spokesman - Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front - Rauf Kashmiri faction - (JKLF - R)
4) Toqeer Gilani of Kotli
President AJK GB Zone - Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front - Heads own faction - (JKLF - T)
5) Naseem Iqbal of Rawalakot
Diplomatic Spokesman - Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front - Rafiq Daar faction - (JKLF - D)
6) Farooq Abdullah of Srinagar
Former chief minister of Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir and former president of Jammu Kashmir National Conference (JKNC)
7) Mehbooba Mufti of Anantnag
Former chief minister of Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir and president of Jammu Kashmir People's Democratic Party (JKPDP)
8) Nawaz Khan Naji of Ghizer
Member of the Gilgit Baltistan Assembly and founder of Balawaristan National Front (BNF)
Thus far, we have contacted more than a hundred (100) of the most prominent political parties and social organisations throughout all divided parts of JKA. We are inputting details of those who haven't responded yet according to the number of such public bodies that have responded thus far.
Thus, the details of 8 respondents and 8 non respondents have been listed so far.
Name: Syed Imtiaz Hussain Shah (son of) Syed Fazal Hussain Shah
Residence: Degwar, Tehsil & District Haveli, State of Jammu and Kashmir
11th September 2016
The Pakistani Army abducted me. For two and a half years they kept me in various torture cells and repeatedly meted out both mental and physical violence upon me. They did not allow me to speak in any manner whatsoever. They did not provide any facility for me to meet my wife and children. They kept me in dark cells. After two and a half years of making me endure such brutality they dumped me at Bagh jail in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK).
The Pakistani Army had sentenced me to 10 years long imprisonment which is an absolute travesty of justice, not least because I'm not even a citizen of Pakistan.
The Pakistani Army have occupied my proprietary land (in Degwar Haveli) where I live, situated near the LOC. On one side we are facing the Indian Army and on the other side we are facing the Pakistani Army.
The Pakistani Army accused me of being in contact with the Indian Army. Now, six years have elapsed in torture cells or jail.
The United Nations should take notice of these serious human rights violations by the Pakistani Army. I want to be released from this ordeal. My family and I need protection.
Syed Imtiaz Hussain Shah
MDS is a hospital run by the (Pakistani) Army, in front of which was Imtiaz Shah's shop selling herbal medicine. This is where he was abducted from (This place is known as Tachchan MDS) by some plain-clothed personnel while others were in police uniform.
Upon such disappearances, the provision of a lawyer is not available. Furthermore, many people who are taken away in such a manner are not able to bear the difficulties meted out to them in torture cells and they consequently die.
Nevertheless, when I was transferred to the civil jail in Bagh, I have since hired a lawyer. My case is being heard at the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court but even the court is unable to deliver justice as they are also faced with pressure from the Pakistani Army.
Despite this reality, I have lodged a case in court. (What other recourse is available to me in such circumstances?).
(Meanwhile, Imtiaz Shah was transferred from Bagh jail to Mirpur jail where he remains incarcerated)
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