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The Local Government System in Azad Jammu & Kashmir
Background, Evaluation and the Way Forward

This report is an insightful evaluation of the significance, development and challenges to the Local Government system in AJ&K. Tracing a brief history of the Local Bodies functioning, it brings to light the process of evolution, development and finally the devolution of the Local Bodies in AJ&K. It also highlights the consequences of the absence of these democratic structures in AJ&K since 1996 primarily in terms of the weakening of democratic institutions, growing frustration and the vulnerability of the youth to radicalization.  The report finally elucidates the impact of the 13th Amendment in the 1974 Act of AJ&K on the LB system and its inherent connection with inclusive development in the region.

Following the Participatory Action Research Framework, the research has been conducted by involving around 500 young people who gave their valuable feedback to be included in this research study. Sorting out the issues and challenges to the restoration of the Local Bodies in AJ&K, the present study also examines the potential of the Local Bodies to affect the human lives at the grass roots level by scrutinizing the conclusions drawn through historic analysis as well as the opinions of the young people. Besides, it also recommends having 25 percent quota for young people in political parties and at least 10 percent for the women members in the Local Bodies. The findings of this research study validate that the Local Bodies can serve as the best platform to promote democratic culture and ensure service delivery to the public.

by: Dr. Waqas Ali

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CPEC in Azad Jammu & Kashmir
A Gateway to Regional Connectivity & Beyond

"This report is the pioneer study on the subject, providing an in-depth analysis of different dimensions of the projects sanctioned for AJ&K under the ambit of CPEC. Starting with a brief introduction of the CPEC and its significance for the region, it makes a critique of socio-political and economic impact of the sanctioned projects i.e. Kohala Hydropower Project, Karot Hydropower Project, Construction of Special Economic Zone at Mir and M4 Express Way.
The report unveils that AJ&K would earn Rs.2.19 billion per annum alone after the construction of the Kohala Hydropower Project. Construction of SEZ at Mirpur, on the other hand, would provide a strong industrial base to AJ&K and help it become an exporter, rather than a mere consumer-oriented society. To complement this, the M4 will interconnect different parts of AJ&K, besides shortening the existing route between central Punjab and CPEC by at least 50 km. The report also provides a set of recommendations to the government of AJ&K to initiate an open and knowledge-based discussion on the need, benefits and implications, if any, of these projects and a plan to address them in a time-bound manner.
Sabur Ali Sayyid, the author of the report, has employed both quantitative and qualitative methods to bring out this study, which is futuristic, but fully backed by well-documented research and cold logic”.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/537928-cpec-projects-in-azad-kashmir-turn-murky

https://www.dailyparliamenttimes.com/2019/10/07/three-out-of-four-cpec-projects-in-ajk-remain-in-doldrums/

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Tales of Separation and Reunion
People of Jammu and Kashmir divided by conflict, united by amity

This report revolves around stories of broken human relationships, dejected mothers, grieved children, elders seeking for a final refuge in their ancestral graveyards and incidents of violence that mark the history of Kashmir conflict.
The report focuses on capturing the sufferings of divided families separated by the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The stories, a total of ten, expand over Jammu, Kashmir Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and refugees form JK living in Pakistan.
Follow the link to read the complete account of the stories of divided families trapped in conflict.

Qaiser Khan

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Information Sheet about Cross-LoC Trade from
Azad Jammu and Kashmir


Prepared by:
Dr. Waqas Ali | Jalaluddin Mughal | Aniqa Aziz Khan

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This briefing paper, produced by the Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG), presents practical ideas to improve disaster preparedness and response in Kashmir

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Jammu and Kashmir
Trade across the Line of Control

Discussion Papers
December 2010

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An Appraisal of
Constitutional, Financial
and Administrative Arrangements
between the Governments of Pakistan
and Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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Cross-Line of Control Trade
Peacebuilding and economic potential
Dipanker Sengupta, Ershad Mahmud and Zafar Iqbal Choudhary
with support from Conciliation Resources

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Background to the
Kashmir conflict:
challenges and
opportunities
Kashmir Initiative Group

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Afghanistan post-2014:
reverberations in Kashmir
Asma Khan Lone

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Peacebuilding and Economic
Potential of Cross-LoC Trade

PERCEPTION SURVEY
Report on First-ever Opinion Poll With Cross-LoC Traders
on both sides of divide in Jammu and Kashmir

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The Impact of Conflict on
Young People in Azad
Jammu and Kashmir
Waqas Ali
Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR)
Supported by Conciliation Resources, UK

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The Impact of Conflict on
Young People in Azad
Jammu and Kashmir (URDU)
Waqas Ali
Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR)
Supported by Conciliation Resources, UK

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An Appraisal of
Constitutional, Financial
and Administrative Arrangements
between the Governments of Pakistan
and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (URDU)

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Institutionalising confidence
building measures on Kashmir

Shaheen Akhtar and
Zafar Choudhary

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Unheard voices:
engaging youth of
Gilgit-Baltistan
Syed Waqas Ali and Taqi Akhunzada
January 2015

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The Gilgit-Baltistan Reforms Package 2007:
Background, Phases and Analysis. 
published in Policy Perspective (research Journal)
July-December 2007
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Pak-India Peace Process:
An Appraisal published in Policy Perspective
(research Journal)
July-December 2007

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Status of AJK in Political Milieu
published in Policy Perspective
(research Journal)
July-December 2006

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Kashmiri Refugees:
Facts, Issues and the future Ahead,
published in Policy Perspective
(research Journal)
January 2006

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Post-cold War:
US Kashmir Policy,
published in Policy Perspective
(research Journal )
April 2005

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