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Kashmir calls world conscience

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Courtesy :-  Mahmood Zaman


Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed on February 5 each year since 1990 in Pakistan as a day of protest against Indian occupation and atrocities in Kashmir and seeking the world community’s attention to this core issue that has led to three wars and devoting a major portion of their national incomes to defence budgets. The issue now needs to be resolved to ensure lasting peace in South Asia, the home for one-fifth of the humanity, mostly suffering from abject poverty.The issue must also be resolved to avoid an eventuality that may cause a catastrophe in the region because Kashmir is the nuclear flash point of the region, surrounded by three nuclear powers.The consistent Pakistan stand found the way into a World Bank as it declared Jammu and Kashmir a disputed territory when Indians approached the world body in 2009 to finance the ‘Participatory Watershed Management Project’ in Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian scheme. The World Bank responded that it was not an In…

The Kashmir conundrum

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Courtesy :-  S M Hali


The Kashmir conundrum continues to haunt the people of the region as well as the world, since it is a flashpoint between the two nuclear weapons equipped States - Pakistan and India. This is a legacy of the British Raj and an unfinished agenda of the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. India illegally occupied the valley of Kashmir, negating the Independence Act of 1947. Pakistan and India went to war in 1947-48, which allowed the former to liberate some of the territory, but New Delhi approached the UN and secured a ceasefire. After deliberations, the UN passed Resolutions 37, 39, 47 and 51, which dictated that a plebiscite would be held in Kashmir permitting the people to decide their own fate. India agreed to abide by the resolutions, but later reneged. This resulted in the 1965 and the 1971 Pak-India wars, but the fate of Kashmiris did not change.

Legal perspective on Kashmir dispute

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Courtesy :-  Malik Muhammad Ashraf


The landing of Indian troops in Srinagar on 27th October, 1947, on the basis of an instrument of accession, the Indians claim was signed by the ruler of Kashmir (which does not form part of the official record concerning partition or has never been shown to the world), does not have a legal basis. The legal experts are of the opinion that in consonance with article 7 of the Indian Independence Act all agreements and treaties with the princely states or their rulers stood terminated on 15th of August 1947. Therefore Maharaja of Kashmir ceased to be the legal ruler of the state and hence was not in a position to sign the instrument of accession. Granted that the Maharaja did sign the accession and he was legally competent to enter into an agreement with the Indian dominion, it is pertinent to note that the accession itself was provisional as is manifest by the letter that Lord Mountbatten wrote to Maharaja in October 1947 accepting the accession provisi…

Remembrance of Self-determination in Kashmir

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Courtesy:-  Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai



THE status of Jammu and Kashmir has been in dis-pute between India and Pakistan since both became independent in 1947. A U.N. commission obtained acceptance on January 5, 1949 by both parties of a peace plan involving a cease fire, demilitarization of the state and a plebiscite under the supervision of a U.N. appointed administrator. The Security Council urged that the people of Kashmir will have right of self-determination to decide the future status of their homeland.