The American Empire in a Changing World


Friday, June 22, 2012

''The Proxy Wars: Kashmir and Afghanistan''

From ISN

''Since 1947, when Muslim-majority Kashmir opted to join India instead of Pakistan, the Valley has remained a source of insecurity in South Asia. Currently, Pakistan controls one-third of Kashmir (known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir, AJK) and India two-thirds (Jammu & Kashmir, J&K), with the two sides separated by the de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC). Both sides claim the whole of Kashmir as an “inseparable” part of their own nation, but take slightly different approaches to the issue. India, for example, seeks to maintain the status quo and rejects outside attempts to resolve the dispute. By contrast, Pakistan continues to call for a referendum to determine the status of Kashmir.''

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