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
Here's the list, which will be updated as and when we are successful in inviting them. It will attempt to include all the following features:
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 invitation given and status of invitation
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 etc. The list will be in no particular order but as intimated earlier, it will try and include every significant public personality throughout the divided territory.
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
2) Farooq Haider of Chikaar AJK
Former prime minister of AJK and senior member of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz faction's AJK Chapter (PML-N AJK)
Web reference: pmln.org
Politics: Centre-right and liberal conservative political party in Pakistan
Contacted 19/11/2022 - Will confirm date in due course
3) 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.
ریاست جموں کشمیر سے غیر ملکی قبضےکامکمل خاتمہ آپنے وسائل پراپنےاختیارآپنےوطن پرآپنےراج کے لیے تحریک آزادی کو متحدکرکے وارڈز اور یونین کونسلز کی سطح تک منظم کرناھوگا۔۔۔ عوامی شعور کی اجتماعی بیداری سےہی انقلاب آزادی برپاھوسکتاھے اور آزادی و خوشحالی کا دور آ سکتاھے۔۔۔۔ یہی چندالفاظ تھے
- 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
4) 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
5) 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
نام سید امتیاز حسین شاہ ولد سید فضل حسین شاہ
ساکنہ دیگوار ۔ضلع حویلی تحصیل حویلی ریاست جموں و کشمیر
پاکستان آرمی نے اغوا کیا دو سال چھ ماہ تک مختلف ٹارچر سیلوں میں رکھ کر ذہنی اور جسمانی تشدد کرتے رہے کسی قسم کی بات کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دی گئ بچوں اور بیوی سے ملاقات کی سہولت فراہم نہیں کی گئ اندھیری کوٹھڑی میں رکھا گیا دو سال چھ ماہ کے انتہائی اذیت ناک حالت کے بعد باغ آذاد کشمیر کی جہل میں چھوڑ دیا ھے دس سال کی طویل سزا پاکستانی فوج نے دی جو سرا سر نا انصافی ھے چونکہ میں پاکستان کا شہری نہیں ہوں پاکستان نے میری ملکیتی زمین پر قبضہ کیا ھے میری رہائش ایل او سی پر واقع ھے جہاں ایک طرف انڈیا کی آرمی ھے دوسری طرف پاکستان کی آرمی ھے مجھ پہ الزام یہ لگایا گیا تھا کہ میرے انڈین آرمی سے رابطے ہیں ۔چھ سال مجھے ٹارچر سیل اور جہل میں گزر گے ہیں ۔اقوام متحدہ پاکستانی فوج کی انسانی حقوق کی سنگین خلاف ورزی کا نوٹس لے ۔مجھے پاکستان کی جہل سے رہا کروایا جاۓ ۔میرے بچوں کو اور مجھے تحفظ فراہم کیا جائے
سید امتیاز حسین شاہ
ایم ڈی ایس یہ فوج کا ہسپتال ھے اس کے سامنے امتیاز شاہ کی دکان تھی ہربل ادویات کی یہاں سے غائب کیا (((اس جگہ کا نام تاچھاں ایم۔ڈی ایس ھے))) کچھ سادہ کپڑوں میں لوگ اور کچھ پولیس وردی میں ۔
جب انہوںنے غائب کیا وہاں تو کوئی وکیل کی سہولت کسی کو نہیں ملتی
کئ لوگ تو ان کے ٹارچر سیلوں میں اذیتیں برداشت نہیں کرسکتے مر جاتے ہیں اب جب انہوں نے باغ آآذاد کشمیر سیول جہل میں چھوڑا یہاں رہ کر وکیل کیا ھے
میرا کیس ہائی کورٹ لاہور برانچ راولپنڈی میں ھے لیکن کورٹ بھی فوج کے دباوٴ اور پریشر کی وجہ سے انصاف دینے میں ناکام ھے
متیاز شاہ کا کہنا ھے پاکستانی عدالتیں فوج کے سامنے بےبس ہیں لیکن اس کے باوجود میں نے کیس عدالت میں داہر کیا ہے
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)
Day 166 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.
Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 62%
103 days on time or early of 166
Punctuality surplus = 17 minutes
Punctuality Consistency Status = 13 days
We will move onto our 66th daily Twitter Space this evening after yesterday's programme which discussed ways and means of increasing our reach and audience throughout the divided territory of JKA. Consequently, we have decided to make a list of all notable political, social and scholarly personalities throughout the State and will invite them one by one to participate in our Space - without exception - to conform to the ideals of 'inclusive politics'. This will remain our new subject title for the foreseeable future, until we have compiled a full list of political parties, social groups, professional associations and State institutions (where relevant) operating throughout the State and made contact with their representatives.
Update (1613hrs on 25/11/2022):
The list has been shifted to Day 326 of 2022 to coincide with the release of the snapshot version of the JKA Citizen's Charter.
We have embedded the following video of a presentation by the UK government's representative, in reference to structural reforms in the United Nations, for at least a couple of reasons:
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