Kashmir: The Unwritten History by Christopher SneddenA radical new look at the largely forgotten four million people of Azad Kashmir the part of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan, and separated by a Line of Control from Indian territory
In Kashmir: The Unwritten History, politico-strategic analyst Christopher Snedden contends that in October 1947, pro- Pakistan Muslims in southwestern J&K instigated the Kashmir dispute not Pashtun tribesmen invading from Pakistan, as India has consistently claimed. Later called Azad Kashmiris, these people, Snedden argues, are legitimate stakeholders in an unresolved dispute. He provides comprehensive new information that critically examines Azad Kashmirs administration, economy, political system and its subordinate relationship with Pakistan. Azad Kashmiris considered their administration to be the only legitimate government in J&K and expected that it would rule after J&K was re-unified by a UNsupervised plebiscite. This poll has never been conducted and Azad Kashmir has effectively, if not yet legally, become a (dependent) part of Pakistan.
Long disenchanted with Islamabad, some Azad Kashmiris now favour independence for J&K, hoping that they may survive and prosper without recourse to either of their bigger neighbours. Snedden concludes by assessing the various proposals that have been mooted to resolve Azad Kashmirs international status and the broader Kashmir dispute.
About the Author
Christopher Snedden is an Australian politico-strategic analyst, author, and academic specializing in South Asia. His consultancy, Asia Calling, works with governments, businesses and universities. He frequently visits Jammu and Kashmir to conduct research, and has interviewed many elder statesmen involved in the Kashmir dispute.
Pakistan Occupied Kashmir: The Untold Story
The history of Azad Kashmir , a part of the Kashmir region administered by Pakistan , is related to the history of over all Kashmir region during the Dogra rule. Azad Kashmir borders the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the south and west respectively, Gilgit—Baltistan to the north and the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the east. Prior to that, Jammu was a tributary of the Sikh empire based in Lahore. Gulab Singh , formerly a footman in the Maharaja Ranjit Singh 's army who distinguished himself in various campaigns, was appointed as the Raja of Jammu in The Valley of Kashmir was also a part of the Sikh empire, ruled through a separate governor.
There is a pretty detailed story behind this and it goes back to as long as i. After the partition was announced, there was a mad rush amongst the princely states of India to claim their independence, one among this mad rush was the ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh. Now the problem with him was that he was a Hindu ruler of a Muslim majority state. The wise thing for him to have done at that time would have been to accede to the Union of India, but he under the influence of his prime minister decided to go independent which later backfired. The Pakistanis saw that the state was being ruled by an idiotic ruler who apparently had no intuition of what the future held for him and so Pakistan decided to milk this opportunity and sent in about 12, Pathans to loot and plunder the people of Kashmir.
Jump to navigation. The region is referred by the United Nations and other international organizations, as 'Pakistani-controlled Kashmir' or Pakistan Administered Kashmir and it was re-named as 'Pakistan occupied Jammu-Kashmir' by the Modi government. Baltistan was the area of west Ladakh province which was occupied by Pakistan in During partition, Jammu and Kashmir was given the option to join either India or Pakistan but Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of that time, decided to keep it as an independent state. In , Pakistan's Pashtoon tribals attacked Jammu and Kashmir. Mountbatten replied saying, "It is my government's wish that as soon as law and order have been restored in Jammu and Kashmir and her soil cleared of the invader, the question of the State's accession should be settled by a reference to the people.
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Hence, POK is legitimately an inherent part of India. POK comprises the so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan earlier named as Northern Areas and has remained an amorphous entity for six decades now. China promised to assist Pakistan in building the Karakoram Highway as a payoff. The terrorist attack in Mumbai on 26 November added a new dimension to the existing discourse on the training camps in POK. Even though AJK has a President, Prime minister, and a council, the governing structure is totally powerless and dependent on the Pakistani establishment for the smallest issue at hand.
In this article, we have explained many interesting facts related to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir POK ; such as the means of livelihood of the people here, judiciary, population, area, language and economic situation etc. Let's read more interesting facts;. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir POK claims its self-governing assembly, but the fact is that it works under the control of Pakistan. Indian soldiers during the war of against Pakistan Image source:Wikipedia Why China is hiding these 13 secret from the World? If Gilgit-Baltistan is removed, the area of Azad Kashmir is spread over 13, square kilometers about 3 times of Indian Kashmir and its population is about 45 lacs. Azad Kashmir's capital is Muzaffarabad and it has 8 districts, 19 Tehsils and federal councils.