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Thursday, April 2, 2015

AJK Public Agency - Working Proposal 2015

(Of J&K’s first genuine public agency, addressed to the citizens of AJK and its diaspora)

A decade-long public discovery from citizen > forum > institution > agency

Monday, March 30, 2015 (Edition 6) - The first edition was published on 21/06/10 and copies of all previous editions are available upon request

Brief Profile and Background:

Have lived in this region un-interrupted since April 2005 and undertaken - on my own initiative - a step by step (top>down followed by bottom>up) logical approach to conflict resolution, whilst logging/recording/analysing (via text, photo, audio & video) the issues and aspirations of the people living in this marginal territory, referred to as Azad Jammu & Kashmir (or AJK for short and one part of seven disparate administrative territories formerly known as the Princely State of Jammu & Kashmir). This followed a life mostly lived in the U.K. where I had worked as a journalist since late 2001. Experience covered Newspaper/Radio/Web, including stints in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 Upon arrival in 2005, I used whatever I could of personal resources and when they were exhausted by 2008, I relied totally on my family to support me to 2010, since when a combination of public support (financial and in kind), regular support from my family and limited teaching, editing, writing, translating and consulting assignments have indisputably helped in creating Jammu & Kashmir's first genuine public agency > institution > forum, arguably since the beginning of mass-organised public formation of 'assertion of rights by subjects as aspiring citizens', during the autocratic Dogra regime’s rule in 1931.
Like others I do not fascinate with the word ‘I’. However, in the context of the citizen’s (former subjects or their descendents) of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK will be used here-on) struggle for basic rights (achieved in some shape or form by arguably most inhabitants of the world), I firstly acknowledge and salute the contributions of all those citizens and subjects before me of their sacrifices in life, wealth and honour. Without their reference, what I’m working on would not have been a rational exercise.

 As for mainstreaming the word ‘agency’ into public thinking, whereby ‘public’ linguistically refers to, “of, relating to, or concerning the people as a whole”, agency acts as a publicly funded delivery mechanism which avoids interference from external sources and holds public interest supreme at the cost of personal benefit. Its use is all the more important considering how external agencies have consistently denied the supremacy of public interest in AJK, exhausting all political avenues for delivery.

 I agree with various other ‘public interest practitioners’ across the globe that ‘awareness builds through action. Not the other way around’. Rarely does the average citizen wake up in the morning planning to contribute to public interest, thus I have adopted direct interaction techniques with the public to successfully receive over 500,000 (units of Pakistani rupees) in public donations since 2010 - from around 2,000 citizens of AJK (at home and abroad) - all logged and available for public scrutiny. Whilst achievements, activities and recognition (public, diplomatic and academic) have been listed in previous annual public documents, the increasing intensity of my engagement with the public makes me feel increasingly accountable and ever more conscious of my need to develop an indigenous public process through which our common struggle for basic rights can come to fruition. Some citizens have made the very valid point about expansion of public interest activity through other citizen members and it must be re-iterated that I have tried various methods to expand from ‘I’ to ‘we’ with mixed success, as commitment to public interest for local citizens has its own challenges. Nevertheless, efforts to realise this necessary condition continues through the current concept of identifying 32 public agents throughout AJK, each representing one tehsil (sub-division). See sub-heading 3) below:

Current Activity:

1) National Survey
 A 10 question (random) survey of AJK's population covering our unresolved 'national question' and matters of 'good governance', begun in the summer of 2011. The aim is to generate as genuine and as representative a sample as possible of public opinion in AJK by conducting one-to-one interviews with 10,000 people; giving proportionate weight by population for each of the 32 sub-divisions, whilst also aiming to cover each and every profession and tribe (including the diaspora). This exercise is scheduled for completion by June this year. This will be followed by a summary report with stats available in both English and Urdu by July.

2) Daily (Diary) Blog at
 This began in 2007 when I was closely following the relationship between India and Pakistan. It immensely helped in providing an alternative medium of expression and I was able to log my 2007 bicycle ride from Torkham (Afghanistan’s border) along the GT Road to Wagha (India’s border), as well as my bicycle ride from Sehnsa to Muzaffarabad in 2009. Subsequently, though I‘ve strained to log every day’s activity on this blog, the abysmally receding access to the internet in AJK since early 2013 has hampered me. Nevertheless, whatever is noteworthy of my experience in public interaction everyday will eventually be accessible for the public through this medium: @

3) An indigenously-created Political Process
 While getting to learn much about the behaviour, opinion and history of each region through the national survey (1 above); I was astounded as to the level of co-operation, hospitality and usually very frank opinion on the state of public affairs in AJK. However, amongst the very few reservations on the utility of trying to create a representative sample of public opinion in AJK was the assertion that the 'West' (sometimes also generalised as the 'International Community') know only too well as to the opinion of the public of Kashmir. While this may be true of the ‘West’, they also know that the public of Kashmir have not conclusively laid out an implementable road-map for acquiring their aspired goal of determining their future, which some may choose to describe as independence in short. In other words, they've never taken the initiative to conduct an exercise of self-determination, they've only sought it (mainly verbally without clear reference to public opinion or organised, representative character) and even that with mixed or convoluted aspirations.
 An indigenously created political process in AJK - if implemented - could not only settle the above impasse (according to various foreign analysts the issue of Kashmir is not progressing towards a settlement). Indeed, one seasoned British journalist with good working knowledge of the region, exclaimed that he had no idea as to how a solution of Kashmir could be arrived at, in a write-up after a visit to Srinagar last year. An indigenous political process created without external influence with the agreement of the public could also settle the constitutional ambiguity of AJK and perhaps even act as a model political process for the other disparate regions of the State; namely Gilgit Baltistan, Jammu, Ladakh and the Valley of Kashmir (the heart of the dispute between India and Pakistan, the heartbeat of the Dogra constructed erstwhile J & K state and the generic name/idea/concept behind a civilisation possibly older than 7,000 years). Areas under Chinese control would foresee-ably necessitate an alternative mechanism of conflict resolution.

 In summary, the essence of this proposal is linking public activity with public interest monitored and financed by the public. Our problem needs to be solved by us through developing a consensual framework that can be presented to the International Community. My role, I have come to envisage, is to help prepare our citizens for this task. Consultation with the public on this ‘process’ is ongoing and will be publicly discussed throughout the 32 sub-divisions of AJK in August/September, once 32 public agents representing each respective sub-division emerge. Please follow my blog @ to meaningfully participate in this unfolding process.

Rough outline of indigenous political process; subject to on-going consultation with the public of AJK:
1st stage: 1771 (Administrative villages or mozaat)
2nd stage: 189 (Union Councils)
3rd stage: 32 (Sub-divisions or tehsils)
4th stage: 10 (districts or azlaa)
5th and final stage: 3 (divisions encompassing the regions of Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Poonch)

The task is to first identify 32 public agents (one from each sub-division of AJK) who qualify according to the following criteria: For him or her to be

1) Non-political
- In terms of party affiliation or interest beyond those of a citizen of AJK desiring the State of AJK to be in control of its public affairs.

2) Business-free
- Beyond or except being a recipient of subsistence rent or performing necessary duty as part of family network.

3) State Agencies-free
- To not be operating as an agent of any sovereign nation-state or similar entity beyond the borders figured at 84,471 sq. miles.

 Upon identification, they would take responsibility for identifying public agents at union council and moza level. Likewise, district and division level public agents would be identified from amongst them. Once, these 1771 public agents throughout AJK are identified, then an indigenous political process to identify political representatives from moza to division level can proceed. The initial 1771 public agents would be performing a non-partisan administrative role in managing, monitoring and administrating the political process.

Citizen Participation:

 As I strain to utilise the ‘collective wisdom’ of our public at all times, each and every citizen (at home and abroad) is encouraged to engage with this unfolding indigenous political process through various communication means available. Your suggestions, evaluation and perhaps most importantly monitoring to ensure public interest adherence is crucial to the success of this exercise.

i) Donors must be citizens of the AJK portion (of the divided territory) or their descendants.
ii) Citizens in AJK who earn more than 50,000 PK Rupees per month or have assets worth over 50 lakh (50,00,000) PK rupees are requested to contribute 1,500 (one thousand five hundred PK rupees) per year.
Iii) Those resident in AJK who don't meet the above criteria can pay as little as 10 PK Rupees to participate in this wholly public interest-oriented exercise.
Iv) Working citizens of AJK living abroad are requested to contribute the equivalent of 20 (British pound sterling) a year, which works out to be just over 3,000 PK Rupees at current exchange rates.
v) Each citizen can pay their respective annual fee up to two years in advance i.e. a maximum of 40.
vi) If any citizen feels genuinely motivated enough to want to contribute more than the equivalent of 40, they will be requested to provide a video interview explaining their decision in public interest.

 The idea behind this format is to request those financially able stakeholders (citizens) to play a 'relatively' equal part in taking responsibility for our present predicament and a brighter future, whilst minimising the possibility of me succumbing to personal interest.

Payment method(s):

1) Paypal via or
2) At a UK Bank: Barclays Bank Plc. 170 Dunstable Road, Luton, Beds. LU1 1EY
Account Details of Sibling: Mrs A Rafique - Sort Code: 20-53-31 - Account No.: 33455564
3) Via EasyPaisa, OMNI or HBL Freedom Account by contacting me on (0092) 3455044252

- Whichever method is used, please notify me via email at with the date of transaction, name, city (abroad) as well as home locality in AJK and a contact number so that I can send you an indexed receipt. In all circumstances, I must be informed and citizens are requested not to give payment to anyone without informing me. So that I may uphold the concepts of transparency and accountability before you: the public.
- A database of citizens has been generated over the years that I’ve worked in my motherland. This will remain confidential and only accessible to recognised and publicly accountable citizens.

Created by Tanveer Ahmed – an aspiring technocrat claiming to be assisting in the formation of J & K's first genuine public agency, in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Getting Kashmir on the social media country list


Thursday, November 7, 2013

British opposed military action in Kashmir: Advani

British opposed military action in Kashmir: Advani

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lawyers in Gilgit Baltistan vow to stand up for separate state

Lawyers vow to stand up for separate state | BrooshaalTimes

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Independence, Scottish or Kashmiri, is about owning your own problems

Independence, Scottish or Kashmiri, is about owning your own problems | Deborah Orr | Comment is free | The Guardian

Friday, October 11, 2013

China’s Interests in Shaksgam Valley

China’s Interests in Shaksgam Valley | Sharnoff's Global Views

Kashmir’s worst kept secrets

Kashmir’s worst kept secrets - Rising Kashmir. The Daily English Newspaper.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kashmir petition handed to Wycombe MP

Kashmir petition handed to Wycombe MP (From Bucks Free Press)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Is Kashmir a heaven for agents?

Is Kashmir a heaven for agents? - Rising Kashmir. The Daily English Newspaper.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An inspirational story from Kashmir at the 63rd Nobel Meet in Lindau, Germany

An inspirational story from Kashmir at the 63rd Nobel Meet in Lindau, Germany by Treasure Hunt : Narayani Ganesh's blog-The Times Of India

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Kashmir people instigated dispute

Christopher Snedden | Kashmir people instigated dispute - Livemint

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Quest for Self-Determination

End the Campaign to Spread Democracy -

Friday, May 24, 2013

Film-making beyond borders: The process is the message

Film-making beyond borders: The process is the message

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Un-free Kashmir

Un-free Kashmir | Red Pepper

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lord Nazir batting for Pakistan?

Loyalties, loyalties, Britain? NOPE! - YouTube

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lawyers Opinion Poll ref Pakistani Army Exit from AJK 010313 - YouTube

Lawyers Opinion Poll ref Pakistani Army Exit from AJK 010313 - YouTube

Sunday, February 3, 2013

UNMOGIP and Merits of Indian Stand

UNMOGIP and Merits of Indian Stand

Vijay Abrol & Devinder Singh hours before their kidnap and false charges by Pakistan's ISI


Saturday, January 26, 2013

‘UN mission in Kashmir can be terminated only by UNSC’

The Hindu : News / National : ‘UN mission in Kashmir can be terminated only by UNSC’

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Preparation for a White Paper on Pakistan's role in Jammu and Kashmir

Research is based on the following points and corroborating evidence is sought from citizens of the State

1) The role of Pakistan's army. 
- Thousands of acres of valuable land confiscated. 
- High-handed ruling approach over our citizenry. 
- Bargaining on our honour. 
- Plundering of our resources including forests, minerals and herbs.

2) The role of Pakistan's clandestine agencies. 
- Kidnapping innocent citizens. 
- Incarceration without legal recourse. 
- Physical/mental torture 
- Murdering our citizens with impunity.

3) The role of Pakistani and Afghani citizens. 
- Under the pretext of conducting business marry local women and take possession of Kashmiri land.
- Sell inferior quality goods/services.
- Promote and inculcate the tradition of kickbacks.

4) The role of Pakistani banks, insurance companies and mobile phone companies.
- Despite our citizen's cumulative investment of billions of rupees in Pakistan's economy, our citizens are either deprived of employment in favour of Pakistani citizens or employed on relatively lower salaries.

- Kashmiris deprived of air travel within their own territory.
- Being robbed at Pakistani airports.
- Unable to utilise foreign exchange for the benefit of Kashmir.
- Pakistan creating conditions whereby Kashmiris have gradually abandoned agro-production including crops, vegetables and livestock.

6) The Pakistani state's wanton plundering of our mineral resources and viceroy like attitude of their lent officers.

7) The plight of Kashmir's armed forces.
- Pakistani officers and subordinate Kashmiris.

8) The dysfunctionality of the AJK Government. 
- Unaccountable and un-representative roles of the Kashmir Council, Senate Committee on Kashmir Affairs and GCO Murree

9) The role of Pakistani militant groups (their own version of 'Blackwater'). 
- Promotion of sectarianism.
- Violent targetting of our civilians.

10) The imposition of a Pakistan curriculum (based on a fake historical narrative) on Kashmiri schools and institutes of higher education and depriving Kashmiris of their geography and history.

11) Pakistan's unwarranted restrictions without notice on free media, tourism and visits by foreign citizens/diplomats to AJK and GB.

12) Pakistan's plot to mute the genuine aspirations of Kashmiris and make them politically impotent, including prolonged prohibitions on grass roots/union council level democracy and student union activity.

Research conducted by Haq Nawaz Khan with assistance from Kashmir One Secretariat


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The confusion on Kashmir - Asif Ezdi

The confusion on Kashmir - Asif Ezdi

Perhaps the most telling paragraph: 
"Mirwaiz alluded to this eventuality in his speech when he said that India had been willing to address Kashmiri ‘grievances’ rather than their aspiration for freedom. He did not say so, but India’s hope is that, as Pakistan’s support for the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination is scaled down, the Kashmiris would settle for a removal of these ‘grievances’ as the fulfilment of their aspirations."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cross-LoC civil society dialogue concludes, 11 point resolution adopted


Friday, December 14, 2012

Quayyum Raja's Press Briefing on Istanbul Tour

Prominent Kashmiri columnist, political activist and reformist Quayyum Raja has said in his press briefing on his return from Istanbul, that Turkey has made remarkable ecomonic and political achievements for which the main credit goes to the ruling AK or Justice and Development Party, led by the Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Quayyum Raja, who was on a research tour met with Erol Adayilmaz, the ruling party's Head of Foreign Affairs at his office in Istanbul. Quayyum Raja described Erol Adayilmaz as a sharp and articulate young Turkish leader, who said education, health and economic improvement are the top priorities of his party, which is the vision of the Prime Minister Erdogan. 

Quayyum Raja said these were not just claims but facts backed up by the national budget, respectively allocated for each sector. The AKP government believes that the nation has to be educated and healthy in order to make progress. The discussion between the two men featured a discussion on the Ottoman Empire, its rise and fall, the Turkish War of Independence led by Kemal Ataturk, the ruling party's 2023 vision, Turkish Diplomacy, Kashmir, Palestine including regional and international issues such as Turkey's relationship with the EU, the Muslim World and Turkey's economic development. Quayyum Raja said he was most impressed by Turkey's rising confidence and self-reliant national spirit, which makes a nation respectable in the eyes of other nations. 

The most important aspect of Turkish economic development according to Mr. Raja is, the fact that the Turkish economy is the result of the Turkish people's hard work and large production and export rather than exploitation of smaller nations like some other powers. He described the Turkish people as highly positive, productive, disciplined, organised, hospitable and dignified having strong Islamic and national spirit. He visited amongst others, Istanbul University and it's professors, Chairman TUMSIAD Dr. Hassan Sert and his staff, the daily 'Hurriyet' newspaper and it's Foreign Desk Editor Ms. Turan, some NGOs and students. 

He said he always loved the Turkish people and his fresh discoveries and experiences led him to respect them as well.  Quayyum Raja, who is also writing a diary on his tour was asked how he would sum up his diary and he said: "The Turks believe in making products themselves for their own use. Import less and export more. No compromise on quality of production and discipline." Of Turkey's future role he said, Turkey has the capacity and pedigree to lead the Muslim world, because the Turkish people are not arrogant but compassionate and co-operative. The diary is likely to come out soon.      

Monday, December 3, 2012

Europe, Not Euro, May Break Apart - Lessons for Kashmir

Europe, Not Euro, May Break Apart

Monday, November 12, 2012

Senate body now says Pakistan has six provinces

Senate body now says Pakistan has six provinces -

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Listen to Farooq Sheikh talk Kashmir

Listen to Farooq Sheikh Lastupdate:- Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Confusing times!

Confusing times!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why can't Kashmir be independent?

Why can't Kashmir be independent?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Politicizing Amarnath

Politicizing Amarnath Lastupdate:- Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly passes resolution to make GB province

Gilgit-Baltistan assembly passes resolution to make GB province

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Date with the Political History of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

A Date with the Political History: Azad Jammu and Kashmir | Scoop News

Friday, August 24, 2012

India clamps down on Kashmir’s online dissenters

India clamps down on Kashmir’s online dissenters -- New Internationalist

Monday, August 20, 2012

Imagining Switzerland in Kashmir at the Hague (1999)

FDL - AP Archives: "Hague Appeal for Peace Kashmir Proposal"

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lost Boys of the Line of Control -

Lost Boys of the Line of Control -

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

'Zurich-on-the-Jhelum' - The Times of India (Editorial 22/08/03 on a neutral Kashmir)

<FONT COLOR=RED SIZE=2 style=text-decoration:none>TODAY'S EDITORIAL</FONT><BR>Zurich-on-the-Jhelum - The Times of India

Kashmiris protest outside Olympics venue in London

Kashmiris protest outside Olympics venue -

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Denied freedom to travel, Kashmiris knock UN door

Denied freedom to travel, Kashmiris knock UN door

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Young minds churn out roadmaps for K resolution

Young minds churn out roadmaps for K resolution Lastupdate:- Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Monday, June 11, 2012

Divided families urge India, Pakistan to leave Kashmir

Divided families urge India, Pakistan to leave Kashmir

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mirpur intra-J&K meet calls for peaceful resolution UNSG help sought for withdrawal of forces on both sides

Mirpur intra-J&K meet calls for peaceful resolution UNSG help sought for withdrawal of forces on both sides

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Indian army says no to AFSPA revocation

Army says no to partial AFSPA revocation

Open Letter Demanding the Release of Baba Jan Hunzai

Please sign the petition:

Open Letter Demanding the Release of Baba Jan Hunzai

Friday, April 27, 2012

Resolve Kashmir issue peacefully: UN chief - India News - IBNLive

Resolve Kashmir issue peacefully: UN chief - India News - IBNLive

Seeking the advice of the UN's Political Affairs Department in crossing the LOC

To:                          United Nations Secretariat - Department of Political Affairs

Subject:                 Freedom of Movement and Non-Violent Struggle to Achieve         
                             Political Objectives in AJK (Pakistani-administered Kashmir)

Date:                     Friday 27/04/12

Having lived most of my life in the ‘democratic world’ (viz. UK) coupled with the opportunity of covering conflict zones (Iraq, Afghanistan) as a journalist - equipped me somewhat to work on civil society development in my native region – which I’ve been carrying out un-interrupted since April 2005.

In reference to the subject title, over the past few weeks I’ve been privy to the preparation of a student organisation (namely JKNSF – Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation) to peacefully resist the bilateral manner in which the past, present and future status of our divided territory is being decided by India and Pakistan. They find it equally disturbing that the international community has appeared to treat our dispute as one of conflicting sovereign territorial claims rather than as a question of the freedom of it’s inhabitants. 

Accepting that matters on the Indian-administered side are to be decided between the citizens that live there and the Government of India; matters on this side indicate a clear desire on the part of citizens here to be independent and to re-unite the divided territory (as it was under the Maharajah, albeit with a democratic framework). This is of course subject to the will of the people living in each part of the divided territory (viz. Gilgit Baltistan, Ladakh, the Kashmir Valley and Jammu)

In order for a genuine democratic process to emerge, it is essential that un-hindered people to people contact is realised forthwith. To date, JKNSF has engaged in peaceful resistance to the LOC and solidarity with the Valley of Kashmir in 1990 and with Gilgit Baltistan in 2007. On each occasion two of our citizens perished. On this occasion, emphasis is on interaction between the divided province of Jammu (part of which makes up AJK), hence their slogan: Chalo Chalo Jammu Chalo (Come, let’s go to Jammu). Given Pakistan’s insistence on the 2 nation theory (creating a wedge between us and our Hindu/Sikh compatriots living in Jammu), JKNSF’s attempt to cross the LOC tomorrow (28/04/12) also reminds us of this day in 1949 when a couple of our politicians (without due public process) formerly handed over all public affairs of AJK and Gilgit Baltistan to the Government of Pakistan. This was despite UNCIP giving these matters to the AJK Government which it recognised as a ‘Local Authority’.

Our citizens recognise Pakistan’s need for water and even it’s defence concerns but that doesn’t give them carte blanche to control each and every aspect of our territory - without a legal and constitutional basis – in their favour and at the cost of our freedom, well-being and sanity. JKNSF finds no explicit moral or legal obligation to remain divided from it’s compatriots across the LOC and neither does it find any legal basis for the Pakistani State’s prevention/interference of their cadre’s peaceful march from various cities of AJK to Seri (Khuiratta). 

They seek the opinion of your good office.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Prime Minister Nehru interview on Kashmir


Monday, March 5, 2012

Representative Role of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Government?

Representative Role of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Government | Scoop News

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Maqbool Bhatt: The life and struggle of an imprisoned Kashmiri martyr

Maqbool Bhatt: The life and struggle of an imprisoned Kashmiri martyr | Dadyal Azad Kashmir News

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Issues Facing British Muslims of Kashmiri Heritage Born & Bred in the UK

The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies

Monday, January 30, 2012

Revisiting an effort to save Maqbool Bhatt

I was tried in court but sentenced by politicians Qayyum Raja Lastupdate:- Mon, 16 Jun 2008 18:30:00 GMT