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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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Today was also an opportune time to try and make contact with the Indian Government on the matter of our missing juveniles who mistakenly crossed the LOC at some point in the last couple of years. We are focussing on one case in particular:

The email is copied below (exactly as sent, followed by the letter as a pdf attachment)

Request for repatriation of juvenile Abdus Samad who inadvertently crossed the LOC at Tithrinote/Chakkan Da Bagh (Poonch) on 25/11/2021

Tanveer Ahmed <sahaafi@gmail.com>
Attachments
5 Feb 2024, 09:50
to: cons.islamabad@mea.gov.in

Dear Sir/Madam

Please find a pdf file attached to this email. I will also embed the letter here for convenience:

Subject of letter: Request for repatriation of juvenile Abdus Samad who inadvertently crossed the LOC at Tithrinote/Chakkan Da Bagh (Poonch) on 25/11/2021

Addressed to: The Indian Government (dated 05/02/2024) via

1)    Indian High Commission in Islamabad - Pakistan
2)    Zahid Ahmed Ghorsi – Advocate High Court Jammu J & K

Dear Sir/Madam

JKA PUBLIC AGENCY acting on the request Muhammad Aslam Khan (maternal grandfather & guardian of juvenile Abdus Samad) would earnestly like to bring to your attention the prolonged detention of Abdus Samad son of Muhammad Banaras Khan (date of birth: 22/03/2007) at an ‘Observation Centre’ or ‘Juvenile Home’ in Ranbir Singh Pura in Jammu district of Jammu & Kashmir, despite an order for his release by the Juvenile Justice Board in Poonch district on 25 August 2022 reference: https://www.thequint.com/news/india/pakistani-minor-boy-asmad-ali-kin-react-release-order-by-juvenile-board-held-for-crossing-line-of-control

Abdus Samad (also referred to as Asmad Ali in the press) has already been through a very turbulent childhood wherein he lost his parents at a very young age and has been brought up by his maternal grandmother, whose own health has deteriorated to a critical level because of her grandson’s prolonged absence.

The family have also engaged Advocate Zahid Ahmed Ghorsi of Jammu to obtain his release through due legal process and would be happy to arrange any relevant legal fees through your High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan.

We recognise that this is quite an unconventional way of resolving a matter that perhaps could have been resolved in a more simplified manner much closer to the time of it occurring. Over 2 years have now elapsed and we wish for a conclusion in the form of repatriation, ideally with Abdus Samad being handed over to his family at the crossing point in Tithrinote/Chakkan Da Bagh (operational between 2006 & 2018), where his grandparent’s home is barely metres away from.

We would request that you guide us as to how this matter can be amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all parties concerned and what relevant assurances would be needed in this regard.

We thank you for your time and hope this proves to be a worthy mechanism for conflict resolution.

Regards

Tanveer Ahmed – Founder JKA PUBLIC AGENCY

Contact: 0092 343 0860380

Email: sahaafi@gmail.com

JKA PUBLIC AGENCY Note: #E090005022024

..end of letter 

Tanveer Ahmed

Attachment:
 

Update:

On the 13th of February the email was also forwarded to: 

Indian High Commission - Islamabad Pakistan:
info2.islamabad@mea.gov.in

Ministry of External Affairs (Government of India) Central Registry, South Block
aord@mea.gov.in

Dr. S. Jaishankar (External Affairs Minister)
eam@mea.gov.in

Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh (Minister of State for External Affairs)
mos.rrs@mea.gov.in

Rupjyoti Brahma Karjee
Private Secretary to Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh
dsmos.rrs@mea.gov.in

Shri V. Muraleedharan (Minister of State for External Affairs)
mosvmo@mea.gov.in

Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi (Minister of State for External Affairs)
mos.ml@mea.gov.in

After numerous attempts to reach the Indian High Commission by phone (including the various switchboard numbers and an emergency WhatsApp number) failed:

Follow-up phone calls made to:
Indian High Commission - Islamabad Pakistan
00 92 (0) 51 283 3283
00 92 (0) 51 283 3251
00 92 (0) 51 283 3252
00 92 (0) 51 283 3253
00 92 (0) 300 8543037

A plea was also made to Indian civil society subsequent to this.

Links to earlier reports on Abdus Samad:





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