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Saturday 29 April 2023

Friday 28 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 118 of 2023

1457hrs:

A different routine accompanies different targets and ultimately different results.

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Monday 24 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 114 of 2023

0616hrs:

An even better time to log our daily entry. We have been giving more than usual time in the past 3 days to tackling hypocrisy in our society. We consider it a prudent investment. When one hypocrite falls they all fall.

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Sunday 23 April 2023

Saturday 22 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 112 of 2023

1251hrs:

Its another day of Eid, which has its own meaning for those who are occupied.

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Friday 21 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 111 of 2023

1436hrs:

Getting earlier by the day. 

Meanwhile, 30 days of Ramadhan are welcome - as opposed to the 29 that we usually have - as Muslims always seeking shortcuts to paradise.

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Thursday 20 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 110 of 2023

2007hrs:

Inputting an entry earlier than yesterday....

Every improvement in punctuality is a boost

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Wednesday 19 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 109 of 2023

2313hrs:

Leaving this entry for the 11th hour (or rather the 23rd hour to be more precise) is also not good practice. We hope to change that from tomorrow.

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Tuesday 18 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 108 of 2023

1707hrs:

No more slips ups in 2023 hopefully.

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We considered it newsworthy to present the following 'development' at the UN headquarters in New York, courtesy one of the more experienced members of our AJK diaspora, now living in political exile in the USA:


Dear friends, 

I have very recently had the opportunity to attend the 56th session of the United Nation's Commission on Population and Development (CPD56), at their headquarters in New York between the 10th to the 14th of April (2023).


This session was attended by many nation States (members of the UN), civil society organisations and NGOs. Each government and organisation in attendance presented their respective policies on the domain in which they operate.  

Each country and organisation had been allotted a desk with their nameplate to identify them. I found it astonishing that the Pakistani desk was totally absent throughout the session. Hailing from a Pakistani-controlled territory - namely AJK - I had been keen to find out who was representing Pakistan.


Everyone was seated in alphabetical order and thus after O, I began searching for Pakistan amongst the P's. Alas, despite searching thrice I couldn't find the name of Pakistan anywhere.

Most member States of the United Nations were present and representing their countries' policies regarding population, education and sustainable development. Cuba, India, Serbia, China, Russia, Germany, Egypt and many other countries narrated robust policies on health, education, gender equality, technical education and capacity building of youth amongst other subjects.

One country who's absence was conspicuous was Pakistan.
  
I then tried to find out why the Pakistani desk was absent in this annual session of the UN Commission on Population and Development. I learned or was rather reminded of the bitter reality that throughout the UN and its affiliated organisations, it is usually former Pakistani army officers or retired diplomats that are hired to represent Pakistan.

In such an apathetic scenario dear friends, what can be expected from these old lethargic self-centric beings?


Narrated by Dr Akhlaq Barlas of Ser Kakuta, tehsil Hajeera, district Poonch AJK and now living in political exile in the USA after the Pakistani army extrajudicially hanged his son, by falsely implicating the latter in an assassination attempt on the then president (military dictator Parvez Musharraf) in 2003.

..one can also read his thoughts in Urdu via the image below:
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Monday 17 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 107 of 2023

 0004hrs:

I missed out on yesterday's diary (Day 106 of 2023) just because of deep engagement in our daily Twitter Space, despite setting up to write my entry about half an hour before midnight (c. 30 minutes ago).

It is painful. 

The 4 days missed last year (2022) were totally unavoidable because I was in Kotli jail for 4 full days of the 6 spent there between the 10th and 15th of March 2022.

Viz.

Day 70 of 2022

Day 71 of 2022

Day 72 of 2022

Day 73 of 2022

This year (2023) has produced 4 lapses so far, of which all were totally avoidable and a result of absent-mindedness.   

Viz.

Day 82 of 2023

Day 94 of 2023

Day 103 of 2023

Day 106 of 2023

We must at least equal last years record of 361 daily diary entries. We have no more room to slip up. Excellence in any field is likewise. We must equal our record if we cannot excel it. Life permitting, we will try and achieve the maximum of 365 daily diary entries in 2024.

We can now move on to work at hand.

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Saturday 15 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 105 of 2023

2311hrs:

The learning curve for our people is still steep. 'Direct Democracy' and 'Popular Sovereignty' are such terms that are on the other side of the hill.

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Amongst the various and multiple activities that we carry out in public interest are such as editing and advising on the following letter drafted for all our immediate neighbours by Quayyum Raja, founder of the recently initiated 'Centre for Jammu Kashmir Public Diplomacy':

A Joint Letter to Jammu Kashmir's Neighbours:

Afghanistan, China, India and Pakistan 

Respected Excellencies

Having been involved in the struggle for the reunification of Jammu Kashmir for decades, we recently founded the Centre for Jammu Kashmir Public Diplomacy (CJKPD) in Mirpur, AJK. The Centre doesn't want to confine its outreach to within Jammu Kashmir’s borders, as it is equally concerned with the stability and prosperity of the wider region in its midst, with a view to designing sustainable peace with all our neighbours.

Evidently, at this juncture there is no need to delve into the history of confrontation within the region, though we sense that one of the causes of this region’s vulnerability to conflict is our over-reliance on materialistic influences, at the cost of humanistic imperatives. This has made us vulnerable to policies undertaken by imperialist forces.

We suggest that unless confrontation is not replaced with co-operation for the betterment of humanity, we are unlikely to change the fortunes of this region.

We would like to concentrate on discussing solutions as opposed to reiterating problems that have dogged us, particularly since European colonialism came to the ascendency in this region. Their legacy is evident from the geographic mapping of our respective territories. We are clear that this has stunted our collective growth and hampered the revival of this region as the centre of the world’s economy.

Realistically speaking, it is not an easy task but it has to start from somewhere.  

Initially, in our opinion, we suggest people-to-people contact through research organisations or ‘think tanks’, to share concerns and aspirations. Our respective populations deserve a much better future and therefore we hope we can elicit a positive response from each of our neighbours, without prejudice to any of our respective stances on politics, geography or any other subject for that matter. 

Yours faithfully, 

Quayyum Raja - Chairman CJKPD

Edited by: 
JKA PUBLIC AGENCY 
15 April 2023

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Friday 14 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 104 of 2023

0001hrs:

Missed out on Day 103 of 2023 by just about a minute.

I will publish notes related to this belated day below:


Work on a #Referendum in #AJK began on the 10th of April 2023, after seeking renowned legal opinion from our diaspora; to research, verify, authenticate, manage and execute public policy in AJK, via public opinion.

Interim research findings:

1) The 5 yearly AJK election process can be commended for its continuity since 1985 and for reaching out to as much as 60% of the population of AJK but its affinity to material inducement and blackmailing fear in the people: are at least 2 of its deficiencies that disallow it from being the sole arbiter of public opinion in AJK.

2) Elections are never an arbiter of questions that are of national or international significance. The examples of Brexit and Scotland make it clear that even political parties with a majority in parliament (ref. Conservative Party in the UK) cannot decide matters that ultimately impact popular sovereignty.

3) JKA PUBLIC AGENCY has produced an accurate representation of public opinion in AJK by conducting a public opinion survey between 2011 and 2016. This produced a sample that was twice the standard of international public opinion survey practice. We are working on obtaining the rich academic eye of the London School of Economics to interrogate, critique and verify our survey's representative character and establish confounding variables, if any.

4) An on the ground referendum is the missing gap in public policy to authenticate the people's sovereignty, which is academically described as 'popular sovereignty'. Pre 1947, we have merely been in transition from 'titular sovereignty' to 'popular sovereignty', just as we have been transitioning from 'autocratic constitutionalism' to 'democratic constitutionalism'.

The king and his subjects were both deprived of sovereignty while India & Pakistan began developing their claims under the guise of an international dispute, minus the king and his subjects.

We have been duped in order to be deprived. We now have the perfect opportunity to democratically address this deprivation.

In the spirit of the word 'Azad' or 'Free' (the A in AJK) referendums have been conducted in this territory in the past by various political parties, so this is not a new phenomenon or a 'ruse'. It is to clarify what Robert Wirsing described as the "calculated constitutional ambiguity of AJK".

The late Abdul Majeed Malik of Mirpur and Dr Nazir Gilani of Baramulla have noted and clarified the legal and constitutional status of AJK and the rest of JKA in their works.

(Instead of the lazy approach to ask for citations I would urge all those unfamiliar with Wirsing, Malik and N Gilani to begin taking their work seriously. 
I'll leave you with a clue: all references are available at ajkpublicagency.org)

As always, we need the public's assistance to reinstate popular sovereignty in AJK and by extension to the rest of JKA, subject to the people's will in those territories including but not necessarily restricted to Gilgit Baltistan, Ladakh, Kashmir Valley and Jammu. 

They all have a default right to unconditionally secede from this political reunion of the erstwhile princely State but that also requires:

1) Consultation between all the divided parts of the State. Agreeing to disagree where necessary.
2) Unwinding the Indo-Pak bilateral process and the UN template on this territory preceding that or running concurrent to that.

As advised, the referendum question should be confined to 1 sentence with 4 options:

1) Yes
2) No
3) Don't know
4) Explanation of your answer (optional)

The question I put to the people of AJK (people from the rest of JKA can also provide their suggestions) is:

What should that sentence be?

#AJKReferendum2023
#PopularSovereignty
#PublicOpinion 
#PublicPolicy

JKA PUBLIC AGENCY Note: #093013042023

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The above note has also been translated into Urdu below:

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Wednesday 12 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 102 of 2023

2348hrs:

It is not easy to explain concepts that have different meanings for different people. Especially in the most fiercely contested territory in the world.

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The state of Maqbool Bhat Martyr's Square Dadyaal, about 2 weeks after the invasion by the local municipality (Baldiya):


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Arang Kel is amongst the most stupendously beautiful villages of AJK. The Pakistani army is keen to take control of it and build tourist lodges under their own custody, to milk the tourist trade that is increasing year by year, to this hitherto almost hidden destination. 

The Pakistani army has been ransacking the buildings built by the locals and showing very aggressive intent to them. The locals are not taking this daylight robbery lightly and are resisting this with all their might. Support for them is also emerging from all parts of AJK:
 

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Tuesday 11 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 101 of 2023

2245hrs:

We are engaging meaningfully with all our co-citizens from all backgrounds and regions from almost all parts of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas.

This is a good omen.

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Meanwhile, there is diplomatic activity conducted from AJK that should gradually assist in clarifying our sovereign status. On a personal level, I do not subscribe to pan-Islamism and have always maintained a strictly neutral stance in reference to the geopolitics of the world but it is important to highlight the concerns and aspirations of our people and how they engage with the world.

 

We haven't left this domain to Pakistan to freely manoeuvre as it pleases or as its interests dictate. The Pakistanis have deferred to the will of the people of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas (JKA) in their constitution (ref. Article 257). They need to uphold their constitution in practice:

The following is a statement released by Quayyum Raja, founding chairman of the Centre for Jammu Kashmir Public Diplomacy:

Iran's embassies all over the world hold an Al Quds Conference on the 21st of Ramadhan every year, as announced by the spiritual leader of the Islamic Revolution, to mark both solidarity with Palestine as well as to renew their commitment to free Palestine from Israeli occupation. 

This year however, the conference was organised jointly by the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad and the National Press Club of Islamabad. Senator Talha represented the Pakistani State. 

The Iranian ambassador to Islamabad urged the Muslims to unite themselves against oppression, while Iran's cultural counsellor Agha Khazai reiterated Iran's commitment to stand for Palestine. 

I was invited to speak both on Al Quds and Jammu Kashmir. Thanking Iran and all the other speakers who spoke for Kashmir as well, I have made the following recommendations to the ambassador, in writing: 

1) The OIC must review its policies and relationships among its members. Why its counterparts like the European Union, African Union and Russian Federation as well as NATO have progressed; promoted and consolidated themselves but not the OIC? 

2) The Turkiye Government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan had announced a zero conflict policy with its neighbours over a decade back - but instead - all the Muslim states in the region are in conflict with each other. We urge an immediate review of the situation. 

3) Palestine, Jammu Kashmir, Libya and Syria are bleeding; while Iran and Afghanistan are suffering from unfair and unjustifiable economic sanctions. 

4) The Kurd and Yemen issue should be negotiated too for a lasting peaceful solution or it will always be exploited by imperialistic powers. 

There are two major causes of all of the above problems, in my opinion:

First, prevalent disunity and confrontation between Muslim states. Second, our acceptance of an undemocratic, discriminatory, monopolistic and manipulative United Nations Security Council; that has five permanent members using the UN to their advantage. 

In order to bring about a positive change in the Muslim World and protection, we recommend an active role of the OIC, a joint Islamic think tank, a separate independent Islamic Court of Justice, a joint defence force and a common Islamic economic market. This may sound difficult but it has to be initiated if the resources of the Muslim World and its human rights are to be protected from the forces of exploitation. 

We hope Your Excellency will support our recommendations and kindly forward them to your  government. 

Wassalam

Abdul Quayyum Raja
Founding Chairman
Centre for Jammu Kashmir Public Diplomacy

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More important than the news item itself, its encouraging to see the global news agency Reuters in action in AJK. We hope it maintains its alertness for the rocky road to freedom ahead:
 

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Monday 10 April 2023

Saturday 8 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 98 of 2023

2350hrs:

Motoring on but the tragedy at Maqbool Bhat Martyr's Square in Dadyaal is unfolding. What we repaired in 297 days has been almost overturned in 10 days.

297 days of good defeated by 10 days of bad.


Further examples below:


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Many thanks to Ravinder Pandita for highlighting these notes. I think it is ultimately a battle between positive and negative forces. Between enlightenment and doom. Returning the knowledge of the world to this territory or taking away what little remains here.

#ShardaCorridor2023

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Friday 7 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 97 of 2023

1601hrs:

I'm now almost ready to give attention to the Public Policy Analysis Course that I'm doing at the London School of Economics. I am almost 5 weeks behind and may not receive much more time to catch up. It's a pity as I was scoring above average marks till many other public interest priorities merited my attention and application.

Most of our people do not fully understand how time consuming on the ground public activism is.

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Thursday 6 April 2023

Wednesday 5 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 95 of 2023

0021hrs:

Tragically Day 94 of 2023 was our second lapse this year!

When a very regular daily routine is disrupted, such dangers lurk. 

Inputting a few words or sentences in every 24 hour cycle on this weblog doesn't sound difficult.

Absentmindedness opens up all kinds of dangerous possibilities.

Discussion on #Sharda is finally mainstreaming. 

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A small step for me but it could be a big step for mankind in this territory: 


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Sunday 2 April 2023

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 92 of 2023

1808hrs:

The throttle is in our hands. We will crank it as and when public interest demands.

We will not spare the hypocrites in our society. 

We will make a particular spectacle of all show boaters in our midst, especially those sermonising from comfortable armchairs abroad.

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Daily Diary (DD) - Day 112 of 2024

1006hrs: It is now routine that I automatically wake at around 0500hrs. Even an alarm clock is no longer necessary. Today I got up at 0515hr...