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The untold story of the people of Azad Kashmir

Author: Christopher Snedden
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Azad Jammu and Kashmir (also known as "Free Kashmir") is the southernmost political entity within the Pakistani-administered part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Christopher Snedden offers a rare history of the territory's largely forgotten people and the conflict that continues to define their status within the nation. He contends that in October 1947, pro-Pakistan Muslims in southwestern Jammu  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Snedden
ISBN: 9780231702508 0231702507 9780231800204 0231800207 9780199327461 0199327467
OCLC Number: 693812359
Description: xxi, 435 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part i. Jammu and Kashmir. J & K: disunited people --
undeliverable state --
The people: dividing J & K --
instigating the Kashmir dispute --
India and Pakistan: negating the people's actions --
Part II. Azad Kashmir. Pakistan: integrating the region --
The political system: democratic shortcomings --
The administration: large and overseen --
The economy: poor and dependent --
Elections and internal politics since 1970.
Responsibility: Christopher Snedden.

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Azad Jammu and Kashmir (also known as "Free Kashmir") is the southernmost political entity within the Pakistani-administered part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Christopher Snedden offers a rare history of the territory's largely forgotten people and the conflict that continues to define their status within the nation. He 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 have very much inherited its legacy. Snedden en critically reexamines Azad Kashmir's administrative structures, economic and political systems, and subordinate relationship with Pakistan, particularly in the years following the Kashmir dispute. Azad Kashmiris believed their administration was the only legitimate government in the region, and they expected to rule Jammu and Kashmir after its reunification 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 different ways to resolve Azad Kashmir's international status and the outstanding claims of the Kashmir dispute.

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This book highlights an important facet of developments in Jammu and Kashmir prior to its accession to India and fills the vacuum in scholarship on politics in 'Azad Kashmir.' A valuable resource for Read more...

 
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