The Untold Story of the People of Azad Kashmir
AUTHOR: Snedden, Christopher
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
Also available at Amazon.com
Azad (Free) Jammu and Kashmir belong to Kashmir within Pakistan. This book offers a rare history of the territory's largely forgotten people and the conflict that continues to define their status within the nation. Christopher Snedden contends that in October 1947, pro-Pakistan Muslims in southwestern Jammu and Kashmir initiated the Kashmir dispute, not Pashtun tribesmen invading from Pakistan, which is India's official narrative. Later named Azad Kashmiris, these people, Snedden argues, are legitimate stakeholders in this conflict and very much inherit its legacy.
Snedden critically reexamines Azad Kashmir's former administrative structures, economic and political systems, and subordinate relationship with Pakistan, especially in the years following the Kashmir dispute. Azad Kashmiris believed their administration was the only legitimate government in their region and expected it would rule after Jammu and Kashmir were reunified by the United Nations. However, contrary to expectations, Azad Kashmir effectively, if not legally, became a (dependent) part of Pakistan. Long disenchanted with Islamabad, some Azad Kashmiris now favor independence for Jammu and Kashmir and hope to prosper without help from their neighbors. In his conclusion, Snedden assesses various ways to resolve Azad Kashmir's international status and the outstanding claims of the Kashmir dispute
PUBLICATION DATE: 6/26/2012
CATEGORY: Political Science