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Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 59 of 2023

1100hrs:

Day 268 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0800hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 70%
187 days on time or early of 268
Punctuality surplus = 589 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 3 days

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Monday, 27 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 58 of 2023

1117hrs:

Day 267 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0759hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 70%
186 days on time or early of 267
Punctuality surplus = 589 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 2 days

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Sunday, 26 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 57 of 2023

1134hrs:

Day 266 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0800hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 70%

185 days on time or early of 266

Punctuality surplus = 588 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 1 day

Note: Round the clock vigilance has been put in place. Now, our co-citizens need to ensure that we don't come across problems that prevent them from being paid on time. This is yet another landmark in the rights movement of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas.

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Week 16 or the 16th Sunday morning in a row whereby we conduct a live transmission at the Square for JKTV:


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Saturday, 25 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 56 of 2023

1109hrs:

Day 265 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0842hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
184 days on time or early of 265
Punctuality surplus = 588 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 0 days

Note: Our punctuality slipped once again today! It has immediately brought our punctuality percentage down a point too. It seems as if I will have to cover the remaining 16 hours at the moment, while we establish the other 2 members to complete the 24 hour vigilance necessary for this Square.

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Friday, 24 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 55 of 2023

1317hrs:

Day 264 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0800hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 70%
184 days on time or early of 264
Punctuality surplus = 630 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 7 days

Note: 3 of 3 full time guards/hosts at the Square are now more or less settled. A goat or some goats did make an entry yesterday while the Square was un-attended. Thankfully, it wasn't irredeemable damage but full time precautions do need to be taken, as already envisaged at the outset before the 18th (of February) when these trees were planted.

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Thursday, 23 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 54 of 2023

1124hrs:

Day 263 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0724hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 70%
183 days on time or early of 263
Punctuality surplus = 630 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 6 days

Note: 1 of 3 full time guards/hosts at the Square has been settled. The other 2 should be finalised later today or by tomorrow.

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Urdu: 
Awami Rai + Awami Wasail = Awami Hikmat Amli

1) Aap barae meherbani apna muwaqaf de is zameen (riyasat/mamlikat) aur log (bashindey/humwatano) ko bachaaney ke muttalaq. 

2) Ye razakaaraana tax un ke liye hay jo Azad Jammu wa Kashmir me rehtey hain ya yaha se behroon dunya me gaye huwey hain (aur un ki aulaad). Is waqt hum ye zimmidaari Gilgit Baltistan, Jammu, Kashmir (Waadi) aur Ladakh ke baashindo par laagoo nahi kar rahey hain.

3) Ye mutaaliba un sab AJK ke baashindo aur un me se jo behroon mulk me muqeem hain, par laagoo hay jin ke athaathey 1 Crore Pakistani rupiye ke upar hay, jo ke British currency me bamushkil 30,000 pound bantey hain. Raqam ka mutaaliba 60,000 Pakistani rupiya hay ya us ki musaawi raqam. Ye 2023 ka rate hay jo Yakam (01) January 2024 ko tabdeel ho jayega. Ye raqam qisto me bhi ada ki jaa sakti hay agar zaroorat parhey. Yani har 3 ma baad, mahaana, haftawaar ya youmiya bhi.

4) Aap wazaahat karey ke aap in awaami wasail ke qwaif par utartey hain ke nahi. Agar nahi, to aap apney khandaan, dosto ya jaaney waalo me se kisi aik ko ye masla samjhaaney ki zimidaari le saktey hain.

5) Aap inkaar ya nazar andaaz karney ka haq bhi rakhtey hain. Aisi soorat me aap ka naam aik 'Awaami Mufaad ki Khilaafwarzi Karney Waalo ki Fehrist' me darj kiya jayega, jo manzar e aam par rahega; agar paighamaat milney ke baad aap ne 30 din ke andar koi jawaab nahi diya,

6) Shukrya aur ma-azarat lekin hamaari riyasat aik ehem mor par kadhi hay. Agar hum ne fori taur par maqool 'Public Policy' ke ikdamaat nahi liye to ain mumkin hay ke hum sab ko na qaabil e talaafi nuqsan pahuncheja.

English:
Public Opinion + Public Finance = Public Policy

1) Please provide your point of view towards saving this 'Land & People' initiative.

2) This 'voluntary tax' is for those State inhabitants (Riyasatee baashindey) who live in AJK or its diaspora (and their descendants). At this stage we are not canvassing inhabitants of Gilgit Baltistan, Jammu, Kashmir (Valley) or Ladakh.

3) It is applicable to all those aspiring citizens of AJK (or its diaspora) whose assets amount to more than 1 Crore Pakistani rupees (roughly just over £30,000 UK pound sterling). The amount sought is 60,000 Pakistani rupees or its equivalent for the calendar year of 2023. The rate will change on 01 January 2024. It can be paid in installments if necessary (quarterly, monthly, weekly or even daily). 

4) Please clarify whether you fulfill the criteria to meet the above mentioned public finance needs in JKA. If you don't, you may take the responsibility to explain this issue to a member of your family, friends or acquaintances to fulfill this duty. 

5) You are also at liberty to do nothing at all. In such cases, your name will be published on a 'Public Interest Offenders List' 30 days after these messages have been received by you.

6) Thank you and apologies but our State has reached a critical juncture of its existence. If we do not take appropriate public policy measures immediately, then we're all highly likely to suffer irreparable damage. 

JKA PUBLIC AGENCY Note: #055325012023

Amended
#102123022023

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Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 53 of 2023

2343hrs:

Day 262 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.


0758hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 70%

182 days on time or early of 262

Punctuality surplus = 594 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 5 days

Note: We have just about managed to regain 70% in our punctuality performance. We will do our utmost to restrict our late arrivals to the 80 days of 262 days thus far. That would give us a punctuality percentage of 78% for the year.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 52 of 2023

1237hrs:

Day 261 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0708hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 69%

181 days on time or early of 261

Punctuality surplus = 592 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 4 days

Note: Still struggling to settle 3 x human capital units at Square. We will get there soon, as we always inevitably do.

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Monday, 20 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 51 of 2023

1905hrs:

Day 260 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0757hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
180 days on time or early of 260
Punctuality surplus = 540 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 3 days

Note: Stationing manpower for vigilance and security round the clock is in motion. We are looking to have 3 people conduct 8 hour shifts every 24 hours.

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Sunday, 19 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 50 of 2023

0748hrs:

Day 259 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0614hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
179 days on time or early of 259
Punctuality surplus = 537 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 2 days

Note: We have spent most of the previous 24 hours at the Square once again. Now that 32 plants have been planted, vigilance needs to be intensified too.

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Saturday, 18 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 49 of 2023

2319hrs:

Day 258 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0742hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 69%

178 days on time or early of 258

Punctuality surplus = 431 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 1 day

Note: Hopefully, we are back on track. I don't think I can tolerate another late entry at the Square till the year end (which in the context of Maqbool Bhat Martyr's Square will be Day 365 of our daily attendance, life permitting of course).

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Friday, 17 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 48 of 2023

1820hrs:

Day 257 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0942hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
177 days on time or early of 257
Punctuality surplus = 413 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 0 days 

Note: A sudden drop in punctuality! 102 minutes in 1 day to be precise.  

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Thursday, 16 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 47 of 2023

1239hrs:

Day 256 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0801hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 69%

177 days on time or early of 256

Punctuality surplus = 515 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 0 days

Note: We were late by a mere minute today. Yes, it was 'we' literally because I was accompanied by Quayyum Raja. We had the honour of hosting the veteran freedom fighter overnight and thus 'we' proceeded together to the Square today, after breakfast.   

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He took the initiative of making the following video. It should be an education for many:


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Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 46 of 2023

2349hrs:

Day 255 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0800hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
177 days on time or early of 255
Punctuality surplus = 516 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 1 day 
Hours completed at Square = 456 (Have now reverted back to 2 hours in the morning, with occasional visits round the clock)

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Tuesday, 14 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 45 of 2023

1604hrs:

Day 254 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0918hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 69%

176 days on time or early of 254

Punctuality surplus = 516 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 0 days 

Hours completed at Square = 456

Note: Our break in the previous 24 hours was c. 14.5 hours (between 1830hrs and 0918hrs this morning). It was the longest break yet, in the 19 days of fulfilling what is effectively being on duty almost round the clock. 

I had a splitting headache, onset of flu and a disorientated stomach from yesterday afternoon all at once. By 1830hrs I felt it prudent to take respite at home and avoid the chilly air.

Having said all that, I did venture out just before midnight to the Square to check on matters. It did become a long winded 'overstay' at home ultimately as we suffered our first punctuality lapse after 18 days (equalling the previous consistency record thus far). It's back to square 1 in that respect. 

This also meant that after achieving our record overall punctuality performance of 70% yesterday, it has dropped back down to 69% overnight due to the lapse this morning.  

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Noting the wisdom of others is also an important part of our work and there is always much we can learn from other human beings. The following lesson is universal:



Here's the link to the Quora post above.

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Monday, 13 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 44 of 2023

0735hrs:

Day 253 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0642hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 70%
176 days on time or early of 253
Punctuality surplus = 594 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 18 days 
Hours completed at Square = 432
Fast = No fast today (breaks on 11th & 13th February)

Note: Our break in the previous 24 hours was 2.5 hours (between 1730hrs and 2000hrs) to break fast in the evening.
  
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Sunday, 12 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 43 of 2023

0805hrs:

Day 252 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0628hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
175 days on time or early of 252
Punctuality surplus = 516 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 17 days 
Hours completed at Square = 408
Fast = Day 5 (1 day's break yesterday)

Note: Our break in the previous 24 hours was 7 hours (2 hours between 1030hrs and 1230hrs in the morning to shower and have breakfast - as opposed to break fast - and then 5 hours between 1500hrs to 2000hrs to relax on this day while others should have kept watch). 
  
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Yesterday evening, I just finished watching the following video on Tibet. It was watched in batches over a number of days, as part of a concerted bid to improve our time management performance:


I also made a point of leaving a comment, as has become customary and necessary after investing 50 or so minutes on this video. Of course, it relates to water management and geopolitical neutrality as much as our territory does, if not more so:

Comment:

A wonderfully informative insight into the actual rooftop of the world. I was specifically intrigued by the research into cosmic rays and how the Chinese are striving - quite candidly - to gain an edge over other nations/powers, by trying to tap into their energy potential. 

Meanwhile, I thought a little more could have been added about the region's ecological fragility and major fresh water source of the world.

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Saturday, 11 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 42 of 2023

1907hrs:

Day 251 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0800hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
174 days on time or early of 251
Punctuality surplus = 424 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 16 days 
Hours completed at Square = 384
Fast = No fast today

Note: Our break in the previous 24 hours was 12hrs (between 1730hrs and 2030hrs in the evening to break fast and have dinner before taking an overnight break between 2300hrs and 0800hrs this morning) 
  
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This date in the calendar is the most active day for most activists in AJK. Here's some scenes from today's proceedings in Dadyaal:


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Friday, 10 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 41 of 2023

0902hrs:

Day 250 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0709hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
173 days on time or early of 250
Punctuality surplus = 424 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 15 days 
Hours completed at Square = 360
Fast = Day 4

Note: Our break in the previous 24 hours was 2.5hrs in the evening (to break fast and have dinner) 
  
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Thursday, 9 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 40 of 2023

0734hrs:

Day 249 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0651hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
172 days on time or early of 249
Punctuality surplus = 373 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 14 days 
Hours completed at Square = 336
Fast = Day 3

Note: Our break in the previous 24 hours was 2.75hrs in the evening (to break fast and have dinner) 
  
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Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 39 of 2023

1540hrs:

Day 248 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0746hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 69%
171 days on time or early of 248
Punctuality surplus = 304 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 13 days 
Hours completed at Square = 312
Fast - Day 2 (completed 5 days last week in solidarity with Sonam Wangchuk) of current fast in solidarity with Waqar H Bhatti.

Note: Our break in the previous 24 hours was c. 4hrs divided by 2. viz. 2 hrs in afternoon (for shower and change of clothes) and 2 hrs in evening (to break fast and have dinner at home). 
  
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Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 38 of 2023

2356hrs:

Day 247 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0818hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 69%

170 days on time or early of 247

Punctuality surplus = 290 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 12 days 

Hours completed at Square = 288

Note: Although I do get up before 0800hrs every day at the Square, today I felt the need for a lie-in, hence taking a photo at 18 minutes into the day, so to speak. We have also gradually introduced some shift work for other co-citizens, to ensure a 24 hour vigil over the Square is maintained. 

This has provided me some respite - for a few hours at a time - as co-citizens are now slowly coming forward to volunteer their services. Now - strictly speaking - I'm no longer at the Square 24 hours a day. For the past few days I have also been taking an hour's break in the evening. Now, my presence has reduced to about 20 hours a day.

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Monday, 6 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 37 of 2023

0834hrs:

Day 246 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0652hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 69%

169 days on time or early of 246

Punctuality surplus = 308 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 11 days 

Hours completed at Square = 264

Note: The last column is an overall figure. I'm here for effectively 24 hours a day but with a break of an hour or so every evening. I did rain last night and hence sleeping under the tarpaulin, as opposed to the open sky on this occasion.

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Sunday, 5 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 36 of 2023

2045hrs:

Day 245 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0707hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 69%

168 days on time or early of 245

Punctuality surplus = 240 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 10 days 

Note: 240hrs completed at Square this morning, at precisely 0805hrs. This may well be added as a statistic from tomorrow.

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Saturday, 4 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 35 of 2023

1529hrs:

Day 244 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0716hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 68%
167 days on time or early of 244
Punctuality surplus = 187 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 9 days 

Note: 216hrs completed at Square this morning, at precisely 0805hrs. As pointed out yesterday, our 24hr stint corresponds to our punctuality consistency status.

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Friday, 3 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 34 of 2023

1713hrs:

Day 243 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0713hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 68%

166 days on time or early of 243

Punctuality surplus = 143 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 8 days 

Note: 192hrs completed at Square this morning, at precisely 0805hrs. Not surprisingly, our 24hr stint corresponds to our punctuality consistency status. An hour's break in the evening is also becoming a regular feature.

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Thursday, 2 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 33 of 2023

1707hrs:

Day 242 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0703hrs

Attendance = 100%

Punctuality = 68%

165 days on time or early of 242

Punctuality surplus = 96 minutes 

Punctuality Consistency Status = 7 days 

Note: 168hrs completed at Square this morning, at precisely 0805hrs. That is, a week of operating around the clock has been completed. I am now beginning to take a break of an hour or so in the evenings.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 32 of 2023

1917hrs:

Day 241 at Maqbool Bhat Shaheed Square - Dadyaal.

0622hrs

Attendance = 100%
Punctuality = 68%
164 days on time or early of 241
Punctuality surplus = 39 minutes 
Punctuality Consistency Status = 6 days 

Note: 144hrs completed at Square this morning, at precisely 0805hrs. Our punctuality deficit has reverted back to a surplus once again. It took 6 days of round the clock presence to do so, otherwise we were spiralling downwards in our punctuality performance. Our punctuality remains at 68% though, down from an all time high of 69%. It could still take over a week of further consistency (currently 6 days) to hit 70%, which is a bare minimum for any public activist.

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The untold story of Farooq Ali will be narrated by his family and his sister Rehiana Ali in particular, over the next few weeks. Note that the original report was filed at the following link: Day 265 of 2022


Civil Society of AJK in the UK played a strong role in the following event in Bradford:


Important coverage has been transmitted by renowned media outlets too. 

BBC:


Asian Express in the UK:


An example from Geo TV:


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Daily Diary (DD) - Day 273 of 2023

1405hrs: Motoring along well towards the final aspects of field work for #AJKReferendum2023 which began on the 23rd of May 2023 at Chamb, 13...