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- DescriptionAzad (Free) Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)) is that part of Kashmir within Pakistan, separated by a Line of Control from Indian territory. This book is a rarity: it offers a fresh interpretive history of the largely forgotten four million people of Azad Kashmir. The author contends that in October 1947, pro-Pakistan Muslims in south-western J&K instigated the Kashmir dispute-t 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 Kashmir's administration, ecomy, 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 UN-supervised plebiscite. This poll has never been conducted and Azad Kashmir has effectively, if t yet legally, become a (dependent) part of Pakistan. Long disenchanted with Islamabad, some Azad Kashmiris w favour independence for J&K, hoping that they may survive and prosper without recourse to either of their bigger neighbours. Snedden concludes his book by assessing the various proposals to resolve Azad Kashmir's international status and the broader Kashmir dispute.
- Author BiographyChristopher Snedden is an Australian politico-strategic analyst, author and academic specialising in South Asia. His consultancy, Asia Calling, consults to government, business and universities. He has visited J&K frequently to undertake research and has interviewed many elder statesmen involved in the Kashmir dispute.
- Author(s)Christopher Snedden
- PublisherC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication15/05/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
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