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Wednesday 28 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 59 of 2024

1623hrs:

Now effectively using my laptop as a desktop, until I can procure a new laptop.

I will first of all prioritise the daily budget statement that I began publishing on the 20th of February. Whenever I have a multitude of tasks to conduct in the field such tasks do tend to lag behind. I did publish for 3 days in a row till the 22nd. Now, I have to make amends for the days of the 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and today the 28th to bring AJK Public Treasury up to date.

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Tuesday 27 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 58 of 2024

1429hrs:

In search of a new laptop...given that my screen is now effectively unusable. I am using another screen to temporarily do work that needs immediate attention.

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Sunday 25 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 56 of 2024

2242hrs:

My screen is playing up and typing here is like fending in the dark. I got up at 0600hrs today and I barely had an hour of sleep after working through the night. 

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Saturday 24 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 55 of 2024

1859hrs:

The 'rest' part of my day is getting efficient finally. Despite only 3 hours of very light sleep in the previous 24 hours, I made do with 8 hours of sleep in the 24 hours just passed. I fell asleep at midnight and got up at 0800hrs. Now, I just need to bring that down to 0600hrs and if I can do that for 3 days in a row it will become a routine. Our public and our territory can then expect much more from me, whom I have devoted almost the past 2 decades to.

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Friday 23 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 54 of 2024

0956hrs:

Have performed markedly better today. I didn't go to sleep till after 0400hrs because of engagement with co-citizens in different time zones. I also managed to get up at 0700hrs after not really being able to sleep. So, today's 'rest performance' has dwindled to half of the optimum level needed to give 100% every day. 

It is likely that the responsibility of work is now preventing me from slumbering furthermore. The change in weather is also a factor, though it should be noted that there is still frost in the mornings.

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We have completed our 7th Friday in the 'Court of the Public':


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Thursday 22 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 53 of 2024

1159hrs:

Improved from yesterday by sleeping at 0200hrs. I had to follow Luton's visit to Liverpool in the English Premier League and until half-time it looked a dream with the score at Liverpool 0 : Luton 1. The second half did convert to a nightmare as Liverpool have built a tradition of finishing strong viz. Liverpool 4 : Luton 1. Simultaneously, I was also able to participate in an online programme on #InternationalMotherTongueDay :


Again, I struggled to get up. Eventually rising at 1100hrs accumulating a total of 9 hours rest, 2 more than yesterday and 3 more than the optimum.

I have much soul searching to do.

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Today's financial statement, courtesy AJK Public Treasury:


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Wednesday 21 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 52 of 2024

1124hrs:

I have cut down sleep but it is not in sync with the pattern I'm aspiring for. I didn't get to sleep till 0400hrs as there was much pending work to attend to that couldn't wait any longer. I did get up at 0800hrs but felt that was not enough sleep for my 51 year old body. after a while I returned to sleep but got up at 1100hrs. Therefore, 7 hours in total is better than than the 8 plus that I've been 'enjoying' for most of this year so far.

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I'm devoting a lot of time to trying to explain to my co-citizens the need for them to financially play a part in change, that would be for the betterment of our people, It's the only weak link of our peace strategy for a thousand years: 

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Today's snapshot financial statement:


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Tuesday 20 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 51 of 2024

0828hrs:

The icy temperature last night ensured that I fell asleep just before midnight. I woke at 0800hrs. Thus, I have regained a tolerable level of rest, although the optimum is of course 6 hours. I should concentrate on narrowing that gap now.

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The following has long been overdue and we did experiment somewhat a few times before but I didn't think our people were quite ready. We can wait no longer.


This will be uploaded here on a daily basis with all relevant changes detailed in due course. We will also gradually backtrack as much as possible to 2009 when we began focussing totally on our own territory, so that the people of this territory clearly understand what one has to go through to consistently focus on public interest at the cost of everything else.

Here's our Facebook post with regards to this new daily initiative:


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Monday 19 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 50 of 2024

1310hrs:

Today developed similar to the day before yesterday. Got to sleep at around 0130hrs and despite getting up at 0900hrs fell back asleep again till about 1230hrs. The rain has been pounding down since yesterday as have strong winds been blowing. Abnormal weather in both directions (hot & cold) does affect life here and slows down movement of people even more so than normal.

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Sunday 18 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 49 of 2024

0951hrs:

I have reversed the downfall of yesterday to a considerable extent. It took me just beyond 0100hrs to fall asleep and I did manage to get up at 0900hrs this morning. The rain has returned and that cannot be a bad thing for our nascent crops.

I'm keen to develop momentum from hereon....

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After a few weeks of 'soft & subtle awareness outreach' to my co-villagers on the importance of waste management and its bearing on our future success as a country, we convened our inaugural meeting this morning in our bazaar, with all major stakeholders on board:
 

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Saturday 17 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 48 of 2024

1448hrs:

After yesterday's success I have fallen back down to earth today. Yes, I did get to sleep around midnight and I even woke up at 0600hrs but I couldn't continue the good form of yesterday. I eventually got up at around 1430hrs. Perhaps I need to openly introspect even further.

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Friday 16 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 47 of 2024

0829hrs:

Finally! It has taken 47 days of this year to hit the wake up target of 0600hrs. I did try and go to sleep just beyond midnight and after a couple of hours of shut-eye without actually falling asleep, I got up to do some work at c. 0200hrs. By 0300hrs I tried again to sleep and although I did almost succeed on a few occasions - before I knew it - it was already 0600hrs. Not yet enough light to venture off on my morning walk. 

Thus, I worked for about half an hour before setting out.

Some of the forest cover behind my house has been burning for the past few days and one can notice the brown mounds where there used to be trees. Just how many matters of the State that the 'governing structure' in AJK abuses is beyond the capacity of any one person to log on a daily basis.

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Our 6th Friday addressing the 'Court of the Public':


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Thursday 15 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 46 of 2024

1732hrs:

Slipped yet again today. I did get to sleep close to midnight and even woke at c.0800hrs but drifted back to sleep soon after and didn't really get up till 1500hrs.

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Wednesday 14 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 45 of 2024

0848hrs:

Coming as close to the optimum as at any time in the past 45 days. Slept just after midnight and got up at c. 0730hrs. The weather is improving as there has been a distinct rise in temperature. 

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Tuesday 13 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 44 of 2024

1155hrs:

Targeted sleep at midnight is the relatively easy part. Getting up by 0600hrs is the more challenging part. Nevertheless, despite trying from midnight I didn't get to sleep till c. 0200hrs but did get up at 0700hrs only to recline again after a short while and get up at 1100hrs.

This isn't the performance that will help me conquer the world!

I must battle on with myself and conquer myself before I can conquer the world.

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Monday 12 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 43 of 2024

2326hrs:

A day of rest although I did get to sleep at midnight and did get up at around 0800hrs. Had 2 or 3 bouts of sleep ranging from later in the morning to the afternoon too.

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Sunday 11 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 42 of 2024

2304hrs:

Always a memorable day but it didn't have the impact necessary for public interest.

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As can be assessed from the opening sentence of today's weblog there were 2 separate programmes to commemorate the freedom icon and martyr extraordinaire Maqbool Bhat. Since yesterday afternoon I had tried very hard till the early hours of the morning (0300hrs) to try and conduct a joint programme as per tradition but I failed. My sleeping pattern has been disrupted as I had to get up at around 0900hrs and I didn't get to sleep till beyond 0500hrs. 

Here's my contribution for the day nevertheless. For the record, the local parties who held their programme earlier in the day didn't even as much as invite me to speak:


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Saturday 10 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 41 of 2024

1259hrs:

A bit sharper today. Got to sleep at the target time of midnight. Quite easily got up at 0800hrs, only 2 hours over the optimum level. Nevertheless, slipped back to bed after an hour and took another 2 hours of sleep.

41 days on into the new year - which will be a very eventful year in many respects - I'm still lagging behind. Much to worry about and little to present so far.

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Some work is being done by our co-citizens to promote JKA PUBLIC AGENCY and particularly our daily Space on Twitter which is into its 515th Space this evening, almost uninterrupted since it began bar a mere 1 day's delay for episode 32, due to my own oversight:

Here's how it is being promoted:


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Friday 9 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 40 of 2024

1051hrs:

I made a deliberate effort to get to sleep at midnight. However, I couldn't sleep and eventually at 0300hrs I got up and spent a couple of hours monitoring what's happening in our Western neighbourhood. Despite refraining from paying attention to matters in our neighbourhood overall, one couldn't help prying into how election day turned out in Pakistan.

So much that always remained deliberately grey for 77 years has now become black and white.

From 0500hrs I did sleep till 1030hrs despite waking up at intervals from 0800hrs.

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Our 5th weekly 'Awaami Adaalat' (Court of the Public) in a row:



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Thursday 8 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 39 of 2024

1601hrs:

Performed much better today. Slept at close to midnight and got up at 0800hrs. However, I did retreat back to bed for a couple of hours before midday. Nevertheless, I sense a gradual return back to an 18 hour day soon.

I do try and analyse breaks in between to be a necessary 'evil' to lighten the load of what is essentially a very hectic life, with a burden of responsibility of national proportions. 

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Wednesday 7 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 38 of 2024

1544hrs:

Effectively another rest day. Sleeping at c. 0300hrs and despite waking up at intervals (0900hrs and midday) I didn't really get up till 1500hrs. At this rate. I will be staring into the abyss imminently. Much to do to turn it around.

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Tuesday 6 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 37 of 2024

2218hrs:

This turned out to be a rest day after hectic hosting and activities over the past couple of days. Slept at c.0300hrs but woke up at 0800hrs...after a bit of work I fell back asleep at 0900hrs, waking again at c. 1400hrs.

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Monday 5 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 36 of 2024

0851hrs:

Have returned to almost where I left off a day before yesterday. Although I slept at c. 0200hrs I did get up at 0800hrs this morning. The length of sleep is at the optimum level but the timing is still 2 hours out of sync.

Today is an important day in the journey towards reclaiming ownership of AJK by its people. 

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The 5th of February will never again be used as a date to re-affirm colonisation of Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas in the name of false solidarity:

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After another solid public turnout a local youngster was keen to interview me in reference to the transfer of water and soil from Sharda that ended up in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh India:


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Sunday 4 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 35 of 2024

1931hrs:

Slipped somewhat today. A lot of events emerged over the evening and took me deep into the early hours of this morning. Slept at c. 0500hrs and managed to get up at midday. Of course, this upset the rhythm developed over the past few days. 

A lot of helter skelter today but composure comes from experience.

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A strong message was needed to be displayed in public before what could be a testing day tomorrow for both the 'Government' of AJK and the public of AJK. We are particularly disturbed by reported news that Pakistan's tout in chief could be visiting the territory tomorrow to stoke further ideas of conflict in our people:


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Saturday 3 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 34 of 2024

0934hrs:

Getting sharper. The midnight anchor has stabilised into its third day. The gap has also been narrowed down to 8 hours. Just 2 hours short of the optimum level. Today, I got up at 0800hrs. The morning walk on an empty stomach is also a permanent feature.

Now, a lot has to be covered in a typical day and everything is done in sequence. 

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There are an increasing number of reports that suggest our people could be provoked into violence on the 5th of February, as this has touched a raw nerve with our occupiers who have traditionally (since the early 1990's) used this date to promote fake solidarity with the people of the Valley of Kashmir in particular. Here is an example:


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The above scenario is quite in contrast with the example of religious harmony as displayed below from somewhere in the Kashmir Valley, whereby a Muslim whilst praying outdoors is subject to hailstones, upon seeing this a Sikh takes an umbrella to protect the Muslim from the inclement weather whilst he continues to pray:


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Friday 2 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 33 of 2024

1331hrs:

Anchoring my daily sleep pattern from midnight has enjoyed its second day of success. Its the other side of the sleep pattern that I must concentrate on. Today I did wake up at 0900hrs but a lingering pain in my right knee forced me to stay in bed until about 1045hrs.

The weather is also brightening up. 

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It's week 4 this Friday. No looking back now:


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Thursday 1 February 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 32 of 2024

1444hrs:

A better day today, both in terms of weather and performance. Managed to sleep close to midnight and was able to easily get up at 0900hrs. The gap in achieving the optimum level of rest is now 3 hours. 

It is also encouraging that I have maintained a 100% record in weblogging in 2024. The first month was negotiated without a glitch. Let's see if this performance is maintained for the rest of the year.

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Wednesday 31 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 31 of 2024

2334hrs:

Leaving it very late on the last day of the month when the skies are roaring, electricity is infrequent and this laptop's battery is also on reserve.

It continued raining for the third day in sequence after about 3 months absence. We are revelling in it as much as our culture allows. Sharpness in sleep patterns is still pending. Slept at c. 0400hrs and got up around midday, with a little nap of an hour or so added in the evening too.

I need to be scared of failure in order to succeed, is what a stranger told me about 3 decades ago.

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Meanwhile, Luton Town's ascendency in premier league football cannot be ignored either. A whole massive subject there.

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Tuesday 30 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 30 of 2024

2318hrs:

The rain has thankfully continued today at intervals but that hasn't helped my sleeping pattern. The rain does a world of good for agriculture and horticulture but our infrastructure cannot really deal with it, as a consequence of which life - which is usually slow - slows down even more. Slept at c. 0200hrs and didn't really get up again before midday.

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Monday 29 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 29 of 2024

2317hrs:

It rained this morning at around 0300hrs, after many a month. I didn't get to sleep until about 0400hrs while enjoying the change in air and fragrance of the hitherto parched soil. I did wake at 0800hrs but continued sleeping till about midday. 

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Sunday 28 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 28 of 2024

1919hrs:

Fared a lot better today. Got up at 0830hrs after sleeping just after 0100hrs. I did fall back asleep at around 0900hrs till 1030hrs. Compared to the 15 hours of rest yesterday I restricted my quota today to 9 hours. Still 3 hours more than the optimum. The struggle continues.

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We must remember those who peacefully fought for us and got killed for their selfless efforts:


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Saturday 27 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 27 of 2024

2307hrs:

Fell back today despite going to sleep yesterday night at around 2200hrs. At 0700hrs this morning I was awake, fresh and even sprightly but I fell back asleep again an hour later only to get up at around 1400hrs in the afternoon. 'Enjoying' a total of 15 hours sleep in the last 24 hours. This obviously leaves little space to do much of the every day work that is needed.

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A languid day at home but still an opportunity to observe humanity's relationship with nature:


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Friday 26 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 26 of 2024

1720hrs:

Brought my sleep pattern down to the required 6 hours. 

However, the alignment is still way out. 

Travelled to Dadyaal yesterday and engagement with others took us to 0330hrs this morning. I did get up by 0930hrs as there was much to do in Dadyaal before arriving back at Jammu Chowk Sehnsa at 1400hrs, for our 3rd weekly 'Public Court' or Awaami Adaalat'. 

We arrived late at 1450hrs after some complications which should have been avoided much earlier in the day. We are fortunate that the public was patiently waiting for us:


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Later at home:


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Thursday 25 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 25 of 2024

1005hrs:

I have narrowed the gap by an hour. Fell asleep at 0200hrs again but on this occasion had quite a few guests with whom I had to remain engaged. However, I did get up at 0900hrs. 7 hours is just one hour over the optimum.

However, I did fall back asleep at around 1100hrs and strayed away from daily duties needing attention. I got up again at c. 1300hrs. 9 hours of rest out of 24 is too much for a 21st century activist in this territory. 

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Wednesday 24 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 24 of 2024

1118hrs:

Slept at c. 0200hrs and got up at c. 1000hrs. Thus, 2 hours late in going down and 4 hours late in coming back up. The deficiency is of 2 hours which needs to be worked on over the next few days.

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Tuesday 23 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 23 of 2024

1017hrs:

Performed slightly better than yesterday, sleeping at c. 0200hrs and getting up at c. 0930hrs. Practice makes progress and finally we will get it right. One can judge from the stats generated during my 297 day stint at Maqbool Bhat Martyr's Square (2022-2023) how I managed to ensure punctuality to over 90% in arriving at the Square at 0800hrs, whereas in the beginning I was struggling at below 60%.

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It all began a couple of days ago. Google alerts began informing me of wide coverage in Indian media about me sending holy water (sacred to the Kashmiri Pandits) of Sharda for the re-opening of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India yesterday.


I began clarifying my position yesterday when many ill-informed bigots in AJK began claiming to defend Muslims - and no less - Islam by criticising me, abusing me and even threatening me for not only selling my nation but selling my religion too. Here's a screenshot of one such threat emanating from a journalist Shahid Choudhary of Dadyaal, apparently politically affiliated to the Pakistan People's Party as well as the Jamaat e Islami.


A video statement at Jammu Chowk Sehnsa was also in order, to read out JKA PUBLIC AGENCY NOTE #U214822012024 and also the above Facebook post by Shahid Choudhary as an example of how propaganda operates here in AJK whenever it recognises an opportunity:


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Monday 22 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 22 of 2024

1258hrs:

Slipped up again somewhat. I did manage to sleep soon after midnight but didn't get up until 1030hrs, despite actually waking up at 0730hrs. Meanwhile, all cylinders are firing viz. Human/Data, Soil, Waste and Water Management.

Generating 18 hours of output in every 24 is essential. That remains the fundamental target into the 22nd day of 2024.

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The opportunity to deal with hypocrisy has been served on a plate to us by some of our co-citizens in reference to attitudes on religious harmony amongst the population of AJK:
 

Here's the public note in English followed by Urdu:

Water is a route to peace, not conflict

It is true that I sent the water (collected on the 12th of July  2023 at Sharda and sent via London soon after) to my fellow Riyasatee Ravinder Pandita - Founder of Save Sharda Committee Kashmir - though it was not intended for Ayodhya and neither did he ever mention that it was. 

Having said all that, he is free to use it as per his religious convictions, just as we Muslims pay reverence to Makkah, in Saudi Arabia, without being politically obligated to that country.

Reclaiming the trust of our fellow Riyasatees is a necessity to bring them back into the national fold of Jammu Kashmir & Allied (areas) #JKA . 

For that, we take as many meaningful steps as possible, within the parameters of humanity. 

As a public policy principle we do not get embroiled in controversies that emerge out of India, Pakistan or anywhere else. Our geopolitical neutrality depends on that.

We strive to build mutual confidence between all regions and religions of JKA, even if some of our actions or activities may initially create misunderstandings over our strategy to deliver a 1,000 year peace to this territory.

JKA PUBLIC AGENCY Note: #E214822012024

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"پانی امن کا راستہ ہے، تنازعہ کا نہیں"

 

یہ سچ ہے کہ میں نے شاردہ کے ایک چشمے سے 12 جولائی 2023 کو پانی نکال کر بذریعہ لندن اپنے ایک ہم وطن باشندہ ریاست، بانی "شاردہ بچائو کمیٹی کشمیر " جناب رویندرا پنڈتا، کو پہنچایا، البتہ یہ پانی ایودھیا پہنچانے کی نیت سے نہیں دیا گیا تھا اور نہ ہی میرے اس ہم وطن نے اس کا ذکر کیا تھا،

 

یہ سب تسلیم کرنے کے بعد گزارش یہ کہ رویندرا پنڈتا جی  اس پانی کو اپنے مذہبی مقاصد کے لئے استعمال کرنے میں مکمل آذاد ہے، بالکل اسی طرح جیسے ہم مسلمان سعودی عرب سے آب زم زم کو بغیر کسی سیاسی مخاصمت کے استعمال کرتے ہیں،

 

اپنے ہم وطن باشندگان ریاست کو جموں کشمیر و متحدہ علاقہ جات میں واپس لانے کے لئے اعتماد دلانا ضروری تھا،

 

اس مقصد کے لئے ہم انسانیت کے دائرہ کار میں رہتے ہوئے  ہر ممکن اقدام اٹھائیں گئے،

 

عوامی پالیسی کے اصول کے مطابق ہم ایسے تنازعات میں نہیں پڑتے جو انڈیا، پاکستان یا کسی بھی بیرونی سازش کا شاخسانہ ہوں، ہماری سیاسی غیر جانبداری کا دار و مدار اسی حکمت عملی پہ منحصر ہے،

 

ہم کوشش کرتے ہیں کہ ہم سب  علاقے اور مذاہب کے پیرو کاروں کے درمیان باہمی اعتماد پیدا کریں جن کا تعلق ریاست جموں کشمیر و متحدہ علاقہ جات سے ہے،

 

اس کے باوجود کہ بعض اوقات ہمارے کچھ اقدامات ابتدائی طور پر غلط فہمیاں پیدا کرتے ہیں اس حکمت عملی پر جو ہم نے ایک ہزار سال کے امن کو قائم کرنے کے لئے اس دھرتی پر تیار کیا ہے،

 

#جےکےاے پبلک ایجنسی نوٹ

#یو214822012024


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Sunday 21 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 21 of 2024

1053hrs:

I managed to reverse the setback yesterday by waking up at 0815hrs despite sleeping after 0200hrs. I feel as fresh as needed and thus the 6hrs in 24 needed for recharging one's body and soul proves to be suffice.

I visited the local masjid which happens to be next to my house to seek permission for making an announcement on their loudspeaker to alert the surrounding villages to a public meeting at 1400hrs today in reference to maintaining cleanliness of public space in the local bazaar. The message we received from the Imaam was that guidelines from the Aghaar Darbaar at Kotli (which administers a lot of masaajid in this region) restrict loudspeaker use to the announcements of funerals.

Cleanliness is widely known as 'half of faith' according to Islam and masaajid are supposed to provide community service. Much has to be done for the living, more so than those who have deceased. I relayed this to an uncle of mine to try and speak to the Imaam to address this societal deficiency.

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JKNIA (Jammu Kashmir National Independence Alliance) has begun regularly conducting webinars on Zoom to address our lingering 'national question' in the wake of an ongoing rights movement in AJK and Gilgit Baltistan. I have had the privilege of being invited to speak on a number of occasions:


Actual Webinar:


Some notes that I made during the programme:

I have taken a public policy approach from the outset in 2005....coming from a background of international journalism and parliamentary correspondence.

Narrative (Agency of the people)

Sovereignty (Have majority of Riyasatis residing in the territory and have legal title via people's reference)

Representative Character (Public Assembly with proportional representation of all parts beginning in AJK and giving seats to all other parts of the erstwhile State gradually)

There are many people, many parties/organisations/alliances/committees/councils but there is an argument that none of them are recognised.....I would argue many enjoy some form of recognition but representative character is missing. We do have globally recognised talent in all fields but we haven't utilised them....conducting our own population census and referendum is the beginning of that process.

India and Pakistan claim to have representative character in the shape of governments/regimes on their respectively controlled sides.

You can overcome all powers (regional & international) with direct democracy....people's opinion + people's resources = people's control of public policy

Baba Jaan - As he lives in the most strategic part of JKA and thus has explained the problem in a nutshell and has given the prescription in a nutshell too.

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Saturday 20 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 20 of 2024

1525hrs:

Despite falling asleep soon after midnight I didn't get up until c. midday. Thus, today can be described as a deviation from the path created a couple of days ago.

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Friday 19 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 19 of 2024

0810hrs:

Not as sharp as yesterday but still within the parameters of acceptance. I made a point of trying to sleep at the stroke of midnight and succeeded in doing so not so long after, getting up at c. 0745hrs. The optimum target remains between 0000hrs and 0600hrs.

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2nd 'Loga Ni Kacheri' 'Awaami Adaalat' or The People's Court at Jammu Chowk Sehnsa AJK:


Today was our second session as we strive to make this a regular weekly event at 2pm every Friday afternoon at Jammu Chowk in Sehnsa (Subdivision) Kotli district of AJK:


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Thursday 18 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 18 of 2024

0618hrs:

So, this is more like it. Today I got up at precisely the time I need to get up at every day viz. 0600hrs, despite travelling yesterday and sleeping beyond 0100hrs. Long may this pattern continue:

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In preparation for tomorrow:


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Wednesday 17 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 17 of 2024

1508hrs:

When one is not performing to their optimum levels, it can feel like they have reached rock bottom but the depths are even deeper than what one usually imagines. We have reached such depths it seems. Looking back at this winter, it can be assessed as probably the least productive over the past 19. I didn't sleep until c. 0330hrs this morning and despite waking up at 0800hrs feeling strangely fresh (a bit like yesterday) I decided to go back to sleep, only to wake up at c. 1400hrs.

Can I break this cycle?

The answers have to be found deep inside.

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Tuesday 16 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 16 of 2024

1901hrs:

Still struggling with sleep pattern and it is detrimentally affecting public interest the longer it drags on. Wasn't until 0300hrs that I fell asleep but I did wake up at 0800hrs, feeling reasonably fresh but comfort inside the house compared with a cold exterior outside the house got the better of my emotions and I didn't effectively get up till beyond 1400hrs.

Introspecting publicly as I am doing and I mentioned it in our daily evening Space yesterday evening too, is my last chance to revive myself.

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Monday 15 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 15 of 2024

2129hrs:

A lazier day than any of the previous days of this year. It has to be the last, one affirms. Slept at c. 0100hrs and despite getting up at 0930hrs fell back asleep after morning kahwa, not really getting up before 1400hrs. Almost 13 hour's of sleep - 6 due = 7 hours wasted out of 24.

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Sunday 14 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 14 of 2024

1415hrs:

Got up at 1100hrs today after sleeping at just after 0100hrs....It will get better soon. That I am sure of.

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The UK visit to Mirpur on the 10th has taken a few days to reach us despite an unprecedented plethora of social media. It does make one think:
 

Objections to this visit were raised by India for obvious reasons but the manner in which Mirpur was presented as a part of Pakistan was objected to, even by our co-citizens in Gilgit Baltistan. Here's an example:

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Saturday 13 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 13 of 2024

1741hrs:

Still struggling with my sleep cycle but the quality of the rest of the day is improving. Didn't get to sleep till around 0500hrs and got up at c. 1230hrs. I will try and keep on trying till I succeed.

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Friday 12 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 12 of 2024

1200hrs:

Fell asleep soon after midnight (the earliest in a while) and somehow woke at 0300hrs feeling afresh. However, I didn't think 3 hours would fulfil my quota of needed sleep and tried to go back to sleep, which didn't really happen till about 0730hrs. I eventually woke just after 1100hrs. What I should have done is bite the bullet and got up at 0600hrs while I was still struggling to go back to sleep.

I'm spending a lot of time weblogging about my sleep pattern as this winter it just isn't gelling properly. This also affects what and how much I can do for the rest of the day.

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Today, we initiate another regular activity viz. 'Awaami Adalat' (Public Court) or Loga Ni Kacheri (in Pahaari) which will be conducted every Friday at Jammu Chowk Sehnsa, whereby matters that are unresolvable with the government will be put to the public at large to take suggestions for remedy:


Here's a photo of the event too:


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The following video is an important reference, not so much for its title but how it describes British instigation of warfare in Jammu Kashmir & Allied (areas) as early as the 18th of August 1947 (not the 22nd of October 1947 as traditionally thought). This subject is broached from 11 minutes 11 seconds onwards under the sub-title 'Who ordered the 1947 attack on Kashmir from the Pakistan side? Surprising revelations!' :


As can be gleaned from Col Ajay Raina (R)'s commentary (he mentions that he has also penned these notes in a book with proofs) he mentions:

General Masservy (Commander in Chief of Pakistan forces) signed an operational order (Operation Gulmarg) on the 18th of August 1947. 

The invasion began on the night of 8th October 1947 in Poonch, 2 weeks before the 'tribal attack'.

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Thursday 11 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 11 of 2024

1351hrs:

Struggled to sleep till 0300hrs and woke up at 1130hrs. My routine is still light years away from where it should be. This form of open introspection will enable all those close to me (or monitoring me for other purposes) to analyse where we - as a nation - are succeeding and failing. If I can't change myself I have no chance of changing the nation. Even if the nation does succeed despite my failures it will be for other reasons little to do with myself. Or the change will not be a genuine change or it may pass by as a mere fleeting change.

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Wednesday 10 January 2024

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 10 of 2024

2015hrs:

Our dive away from the optimum level of sleep continues....yesterday evening I had to take a nap between 1700hrs and 1900hrs to repel the headache emerging throughout the day yesterday. This contributed to me not being able to sleep till about 0400hrs this morning and not waking up till c. 1400hrs this afternoon.

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Every spurt of growth must learn the art of sustainable growth, an art that can sustain that growth for a 1,000 years. Even a couple of centuries of growth is not enough to prevent a recession. We are not referring to economic growth, which is a necessary supplement and consequence of civilisational growth. 

We are finally emerging out of a 77 year old civilisational recession in Jammu Kashmir & Allied (areas).

We will re-produce the whole text of the Facebook post below, for the purposes of clarity and reference:


Text:

As co-citizens of #JammuKashmirAllied living in #AJK we would need access to #JammuAirport as soon as practical, as part of our #PublicPolicy requirements within the parameters of Security, Governance, Economy & Culture.

We will begin engaging their politicians on this matter and it is for them to decide how they negotiate terms with #India .

In statistical terms, our co-citizens are being killed almost on a daily basis and almost as if they are fighting in a war zone. There may be little correlation in the individual circumstances of each killing, though that cannot be an excuse for the fact that they are being killed in #Pakistan . 

The Pakistani State is unable to provide protection of life, wealth and honour. 

The killing of a #BritishAJK citizen Choudhary Tassaruf Hussain of #Bihari in #Dadyaal and #Manchester #UK - on the 8th of January (2 days ago) - while being driven back from #IslamabadAirport in Pakistan to his native territory #AJK - which is a part of #Jammu #Kashmir & #AlliedAreas - has provoked public opinion to seek alternative travel arrangements with the world.

JKA PUBLIC AGENCY Note: #E165010012024

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Daily Diary (DD) - Day 59 of 2024

1623hrs: Now effectively using my laptop as a desktop, until I can procure a new laptop. I will first of all prioritise the daily budget sta...