From Mahmood Ahmed Musafir’s search for modern-day governance in 2018 to the Maharajah’s dream of a neutral state in 1947. How can we connect the sham democracy of AJK with our diaspora living in a mature democracy in the UK.

DAY 47

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Quote of the Day

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”
“I said,” said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, “have you got any gin?”
“I’ll look. Tell me about the lizards.”
Ford shrugged again.
“Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happenned to them,” he said. “They’re completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone’s got to say it.”
“But that’s terrible,” said Arthur.
“Listen, bud,” said Ford, “if I had one Altairian dollar for every time I heard one bit of the Universe look at another bit of the Universe and say ‘That’s terrible’ I wouldn’t be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.”

Douglas Adams 1952 – 2001

Excerpt from “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”

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Born in Sehnsa, Kotli, Azad Jammu Kashmir, but taken to the United Kingdom in 1976 at the age of 4. Returned indefinitely at the age of 33, though had originally only come for a month! I’m most interested in assisting my co-citizens (of AJK in particular and Jammu Kashmir in general) transition from meek but thoughtful ‘subjects’ of the former Dogra Empire to confident and competitive ‘citizens’ in a globally inter-connected world. Most of my time here is spent in researching public opinion, measuring our economy, logging human rights’ cases and developing a 200 year historical timeline for Jammu & Kashmir, while actively working to develop civil society via public agency, in collaboration with my co-citizens wherever they may reside.

“A solution to Jammu & Kashmir’s unresolved status can only be executed if the citizens of the territory create that solution without external interference”

Tanveer Ahmed.

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    • Kaissar,

      Most of AJK is run down. Only Mirpur HAS THE FALSE IMPRESSION of affluence, it’s based on remittences. once the remittences dry up, the false prosperity will be exposed for everyone to see – maybe then AJK will have its mass uprising against the corrupt Pakistan State, which is in no one’s interest. The Pakistani RULERS are not listening though, they treat people like cattle. British Paharis should visit AJK properly, and not just visit the “village” and then chill out in Islamabad, shopping there, patronising the shops/service sector in Islamabad, but actually take the time to learn something about where their grandparents come from in AJK – you owe this to your grandparents. Arn’t Mirpuris ashamed of how British-Pakistanis are describing them to the British mainstream?

      Travel from Bhimbar to Neelum and see the reality of this State for yourselves, it’s battered, really bad transport infrastructure, hardly any hospitals or schools, the ones we have have no beds or roofs, no toilets, no running water – the state is nonexistent, and people come in from mainland Pakistan (not ordinary Pakistanis just corrupt officials) who raise off the people – apparently Mirpuris got lots of valaytis who are rich-pickings. Everyone in AJK knows this, everyone knows what’s happening. If Pakistanis are going to say we’re making this up, please show us the proof of all the good hospitals/schools in AJK. cause ill ask my cousins over there to start taking pictures and videos to show everyone here whats happening; you fly Pakistani flags in the UK, but you are all confused about the reality of this Pakistan in AJK.

      There’s nothing in Mirpur, literally nothing, that’s not been paid for by the diaspora. AJK government is defunct, they cant even address the needs of the people because of the corrupt Ministry of Kashmir Affairs based in Islamabad. To be fair to the army, civilian elite, they’ve recognised how bad the current set up is but something substantial needs to be done. I’m not anti-Pakistan, i’m pointing out how bad things are in AJK.


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