Will the lessons brought by the latest Kashmiri floods be understood? CHIANG MAI, Thailand — September 2014 will be remembered in the greater Kashmir area for the worst floods in more than a century, with one million people displaced, hundreds of confirmed victims and incommensurable material destruction. As a United Nations special report released on September 17 revealed, natural disasters displace four times more people now than they did back in 1970, South Asia being […]
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What does Article 370 have to say about the disputed territory of Kashmir, one of the most contentious issues between India and Pakistan? A few months back Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted “Mark my words & save this tweet – long after Modi Govt is a distant memory either J&K won’t be part of India or Art 370 will still exist. Art 370 is the ONLY constitutional link between J&K & rest […]
The assassination of Arif Shahid is a big loss for the peace movement in Kashmir and will harm peace prospects. The murder of nationalist leaders in Balochistan has unfortunately become a sad routine. However the news of the assassination of Arif Shahid, the most important figure of Pakistan’s Kashmiri independence movement and widely respected chairman of the All Parties National Alliance which opposes the Pakistani occupation of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, came as a big […]
The opinion makers in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad-Kashmir (AJK) find themselves at odds in defining the relationship of Gilgit-Baltistan with the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. They also differ in views on how the lingering Kashmir dispute should be resolved. The majority of the people in Gilgit-Baltistan maintain that their forefathers liberated the region from the despotic rulers of Kashmir in 1947 and subsequently declared allegiance with the newly created state of Pakistan. Therefore […]
The Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies is a think tank based in Washington DC, which conducts research and organizes seminars to raise awareness about the UN declared disputed region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The region is constitutionally claimed by India and remains in physical control of Pakistan since 1947. Our workshops focus on issues including demilitarization, political and judicial autonomy, genuine democracy, interfaith harmony, religious and cultural freedom, and the elimination of extremism and terrorism. The Institute […]
On December 16, 2012, Hafiz Saeed, Chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the front organization of the proscribed terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) tweeted, “We want to tell India, if few people consider you friend in the government – whole Pakistan knows you are an enemy.” Saeed appears to be a rather lonely man in the virtual world. He created a Twitter account on November 5, 2012 to distribute “authentic” statements of the “Ameer” of JuD, and gained […]
Every conflict between two states has a historical background and it is important to know this historical background before we review the current scenario in Jammu and Kashmir. I would like to mention these facts about Jammu and Kashmir here to start with for dear readers who may not be aware of them and it is very important to understand the problem of this integral part of India.