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Kashmir
History, Current Issues, and a Proposal for a Brighter Future

Smita Joshi

Ethics for Development in a Global Environment

E297A

Professor Bruce Lusignan

December 5, 2003.
Introduction
Kashmir is a stunning and captivating land that abounds with natural beauty. Adorned by snow-capped mountains, wildflower meadows, immense glaciers, and sparkling lakes, Kashmir has often been likened to heaven on earth. However, this pristine image of Kashmir has been replaced by a much more frightening one. India and Pakistan both claim ownership of Kashmir and this dispute has resulted in two major wars as well as thousands of deaths, human rights violations, and atrocious acts of aggression. Since 1947, Kashmir has been the main source of contention between these bitter rival nations. When both countries emerged as nuclear powers in 1998, the world feared that the Kashmir dispute would escalate into a nuclear confrontation. Thus far, efforts to ameliorate the situation have had little success. Steps must be taken to improve Kashmir because the status quo is clearly unacceptable. This paper proposes a plan to resolve the Kashmir issue. The proposal suggests that India and Pakistan strike a deal with the United Nations and cooperate to improve the future of Kashmir. The paper begins by presenting the history of the hostile relations between India and Pakistan to put the situation of Kashmir into perspective. It then goes on to explain the current issues that exist in Kashmir. Finally, the paper details the exact measures that need to take place to make the deal between India, Pakistan, and the UN successful.

History

To put the current situation of Kashmir into perspective, it is necessary to understand the history of the troubled relations between India and Pakistan. Ever since 1947 when Britain partitioned the Indian Empire, a bitter rivalry has existed between the two countries. The largest manifestation of their hostility is in the Kashmir dispute which has been the cause of two out of the three wars between India and Pakistan and has recently resulted in a nuclear arms race.

After India achieved independence from Britain in 1947, Britain divided the Indian empire into the Hindu-dominated yet secular India and the Muslim-dominated Pakistan. This division left millions of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Sikhs on the wrong side of the partition and resulted in extreme rioting and violence that left 500 000 people dead and millions more homeless.1

Before partition, the regions of Jammu and Kashmir were ruled by a Hindu Ruler known as the Maharaja. Included in the Maharaja’s possessions were the predominantly Buddhist region called Ladakh, the Hindu majority area known as Jammu, the Muslim-dominated valley of Kashmir, as well as a number of smaller Muslim kingdoms in the west. After independence, the Maharaja was advised to join and accede to the newly created India or Pakistan. By the date of partition, August 1947, the Maharaja still had not decided what course of action to take. The first Indo-Pakistani war occurred in October 1947 when Pakistan supported a Muslim insurgency in Kashmir. Armed tribesmen from Pakistan invaded the borders of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and created a violent uprising. The Maharaja was angered by the invasion and asked India for its assistance. In return, he agreed to give up his land to India by signing an instrument of accession. There is much controversy surrounding the conditions under which the Maharaja acceded to India. Some believe that the Maharaja joined India under situations of pressure and coercion.2

On April 21, 1948, the UN adopted a resolution that asked Pakistan to withdraw from the entirety of Kashmir. It also asked that a plebiscite be held in Kashmir to determine the wishes of the people regarding accession to India.3 However, these two events never occurred. In May 1948, the Pakistani army deployed soldiers to the border. Fighting continued until January 1st, 1949, when the war ended and the United Nations declared a ceasefire line that divided Kashmir into two regions controlled separately by India and Pakistan. In 1954, Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to India was ratified by the state’s constituent assembly. In 1957, the state confirmed its own constitution which was modeled along that of India’s. India has always considered the state of Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of the Indian union because of the legally binding document signed by the Maharaja.4 However, Pakistan is convinced that since a plebiscite was never held in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir, it should claim ownership of Kashmir. India affirms that the first part of the April 1948 resolution called on Pakistan to withdraw control from the area it had occupied in Kashmir (referred to as Pakistani-controlled Kashmir by Indians and Azad (free) Kashmir by Pakistanis). Since Pakistan has never obeyed, India’s stance is that the plebiscite (the second part of the resolution) could not have been followed through. Thus, it claims Kashmir as its own.5

April 1965 marked the arrival of the second Indo-Pakistani war. Pakistan’s government organized a secret offensive across the ceasefire line and into the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. In September, India struck back by invading the international border at Lahore. Fighting continued for three weeks until both countries assented to a UN-sponsored ceasefire. In January 1966, India and Pakistan decided to withdraw to their pre-war positions and signed a declaration avowing their commitment to resolving the issue through in diplomatic ways.6

Tensions mounted and violence flared in 1971 when civil unrest pitted East Pakistan against West Pakistan. East Pakistanis demanded independence. The conflict resulted in millions of East Pakistanis taking refuge in India. Indo-Pakistani relations soured further when India supported the East Pakistanis and defeated the main Pakistani army. This resulted in the creation of Bangladesh from East Pakistan on December 6, 1971.7

Relations were ameliorated when India and Pakistan signed the Simla accord of 1972 which required both sides to work through the Kashmir issue bilaterally. Both countries also agreed that the ceasefire line, which was renamed the Line of Control, would be respected by both sides, “Without prejudice to the recognized positions of either side.” 8

Tensions were strained again in 1989 when armed resistance and insurgency to Indian rule broke out in the Kashmir valley. Muslim political parties, which were backed with moral and diplomatic support from Pakistan, demanded independence. Pakistan demanded that the issue be settled through a UN-sponsored referendum. However, India believed that Pakistan was much more involved in the uprising. They believed that Pakistan supported the militants with training and weapons and thus insisted that Pakistan cease cross-border terrorism. As the years progressed, many more militant Islamic groups were formed.9

Relations between India and Pakistan further deteriorated with an arms race in the 1990s. In 1998, India conducted its first underground nuclear tests and Pakistan responded soon after with six tests of its own. The arms race between the rivals escalated dramatically in the next couple of years. India and Pakistan were reprimanded for their actions and the world feared a full fledged nuclear war. America placed sanctions against both countries and many countries withheld billions of dollars of aid. The UN Security Council also chastised India and Pakistan and insisted that they end all nuclear weapons programs. However, both countries refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.10

This summarizes the numerous disputes that have occurred between India and Pakistan for the past 50 plus years and puts the current situation of Kashmir into perspective. Many Indians and Pakistanis have a deeply rooted hate for each other because of Kashmir. The intense emotions that are summoned with mention of Kashmir have much to do with the long history of the tragic dispute. At present, Kashmir is still the major source of contention between India and Pakistan. The next section discusses current issues that exit in the two nations.
Current Issues

There is unthinkable violence in Jammu and Kashmir today. Suicide bombings, attacks by militant groups, open fire by security forces, and inter-religious conflict are the main reasons for hostility. Civilians are killed on a daily basis. Every year, there are countless reported cases of torture, rape, deaths in custody, extrajudicial executions, and disappearances. Indiscriminate violence has marked the area since 1989 and over 34 000 civilians have been killed from 1989 to 2001.11

As mentioned earlier, much of the violence is due to armed militant groups. The militants that initially created insurgency in the 1980s had mainly a nationalistic and secularist view. They wanted an independent Kashmir. However, the composition of the militants has changed significantly since that time. The militants that exist now mainly have a radical Islamic focus. There are three main reasons for this shift in ideology of the militants. There has been much encouragement of Pro-Pakistani groups by Islamabad. Whether Pakistan gives moral and diplomatic support or military and weapons support is debatable. Secondly, there has been a surge of Islamic fighters from Afghanistan that have been able to participate in the militant acts of Kashmir. The overbearingness of the Indian army has also provoked the armed militants to engage in further activity. There are about 25 armed militant groups operating in Indian-administered Kashmir. Most of them are grouped in an alliance called the United Jihad Council (UJC). Two of the most prominent militant groups are centered around Jihad (Muslim holy war) and are called Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba.12

Today, much hostility still occurs along the Line of Control. Violence also occurs along the Siachen glacier, a region that the LOC never addressed. After partition in 1947 no one bothered to extend the line of control between Pakistan and India up to the Siachen because no one thought that the area was worth bothering about. Troops were not even stationed on the 47 mile stretch of the Siachen until 1984 because both countries found no strategic importance in the glacier.13

Today, troops line the Siachen glacier and hence at 20, 7000 feet, the Siachen glacier is dubbed the world’s highest battlefield. The human body significantly deteriorates at elevations of above 18,000 feet. At a height of 20,700 feet and temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the extremely harsh environment of the Siachen glacier has claimed more lives than gunfire. Soldiers who survive the climate often suffer from extreme frostbite, breathing problems, pulmonary and cerebral edema (swelling), blurred speech, and chilblains. The Indian government spends $1 million U.S. dollars a day to maintain control on the glacier in fear that Pakistani troops may invade. Troops will remain in the inhospitable climate of the Siachen until India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue.14
Pictures of the Siachen glacier are shown below.


There are serious problems occurring in Kashmir and one may ask why the UN does not have a larger presence there. Currently, the only UN presence in Kashmir is the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that was instated in 1949. Its job is to oversee the ceasefire line, investigate complaints of ceasefire violations, and present its finding to both countries and to the Secretary-General.15

Recall that the two counties signed the Simla agreement in 1972 that established the Line of Control. It also affirmed that India and Pakistan would work through the Kashmir problem bilaterally and without outside input. After this date, India believed that the tenure of the UNMOGIP was over since international involvement in the dispute was no longer allowed. However, Pakistan did not take the same view. Thus, India and Pakistan are in disagreement over UNMOGIP’s role in Kashmir. However, the Secretary-General's opinion is that the UNMOGIP could only be terminated by the Security Council. Today, Pakistanis still lodge complaints with UNMOGIP about ceasefire violations. However, the military authorities of India have not reported any complaints since 1972 and have limited the activities of the UN observers on the Indian side of the Line of Control.16

The countries currently contributing military personnel in Kashmir are Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Uruguay. Last year, the organization was appropriated $9.2 million U.S. dollars. There are currently 116 staff members including 46 observers. The UN is not providing any peacekeeping troops, medical assistance, or any other financial aid.17


Proposed Plan for a Brighter Future

Clearly, the situation in Kashmir needs to be improved. Efforts to solve the issue in the past have had no long term success. My suggestion is that India and Pakistan strike a deal with the United Nations to substantially improve the state of affairs in Kashmir. In my proposal, India, Pakistan, and the UN, should all agree on a set of terms that are summarized below. This paper will then go on to describe each condition in detail. If all parties follow the proposal, the situation in Kashmir can be ameliorated dramatically.

What India and Pakistan must do:

  • Disregard the Simla agreement so that international aid can be accepted

  • Sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

  • Turn the Line of Control into the international border between India and Pakistan

  • Improve trade relations, prevent illegal black market trade and circular trade, and have Pakistan increase the number of allowed imports from India

  • Grant Kashmir more autonomy by giving it a larger presence in SAARC and by giving it privileges that allow it to be more self-governing

What the United Nations must do:

  • Protect the border between India and Pakistan and guarantee no more border skirmishes

  • Station UN troops in Kashmir to maintain peace

  • Use international funds (from the UN and JBIC) to improve the economy of Kashmir.

    • Use funds of about $250 million (U.S.) to improve the tourism industry

    • Use funds to promote other industries in Kashmir

  • Have the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) operate in Kashmir


What India and Pakistan must do:
Disregard the Simla agreement so that international aid can be accepted

Recall that in 1972, India and Kashmir signed the Simla accord that required both countries to work through the Kashmir dispute bilaterally. In order for the UN to help at all, both countries must disregard this accord completely. Only after this happens, can the UN intervene.


Sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

When India and Pakistan stunned the world by becoming nuclear powers, much fear spread throughout the international community. With the volatile situation in Kashmir, the world feared a nuclear war. The United Nations has repeatedly asked India and Pakistan to discontinue their nuclear programs by signing the two treaties, but to no avail. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty bans all nuclear explosions, for military or civilian purposes.18 The objective of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons technology and further the goal of attaining complete nuclear disarmament in the world.19 If both countries were to sign the two treaties, they would relieve the international community and in return would receive significant financial aid.


Turn the Line of Control into the International Border between India and Pakistan

Currently, the boundary known as the Line of Control divides the region into Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The status of Kashmir has remained unchanged for years and questions still persist about how it can be divided between India and Pakistan and whether or not it can become independent. Thousands die in Kashmir every year and millions of dollars are spent guarding the Line of Control. Actions must be taken because the status quo is clearly unsuccessful and has been for the last 56 years. There are four possible scenarios for the future of Kashmir. In the first, the status quo of the area can be maintained by designating the Line of Control as the international border between India and Pakistan. A second possibility is to allow Pakistan to acquire Kashmir in its entirety. Conversely, in a third scenario, India could gain control of all Kashmir. Lastly, Kashmir could gain complete independence and become its own sovereign nation. These four scenarios are now discussed in further detail.20


Scenario 1

India would like the Line of Control to become formalized and be the accepted international border. Even though India maintains that it owns the entire span of Kashmir, it is willing to accept the ceasefire line as the boundary between the two nations. However, Pakistan and Kashmiri activists are against this idea because they want greater control. Both the U.S. and the U.K. favor creating the Line of Control the international border.21


Scenario 2

Since Kashmir is predominantly Muslim, Pakistan wants Kashmir as its own. If a plebiscite were held giving Kashmiris the choice to join one of the two rival nations, Pakistan believes Kashmir would join Pakistan over India because of its large proportion of Muslims. However, India has dismissed the idea of conducting a plebiscite to solve the issue, even though this is the action endorsed by the UN. India maintains that the Kashmiris have exercised their right to self-determination by participating in state elections. Another downfall to this scenario is that the Hindus of Jammu and the Buddhists of Ladakh would be completely opposed to it and insurgency could ensue. This situation also does not accommodate Kashmiri freedom activists that have been fighting for independence. Additionally, this scenario is unrealistic since there is hardly a chance that after over 50 years of fighting, India would simply give away all of Kashmir.22


Scenario 3

In the third situation, Kashmir would join India. India claims ownership of the entire state of Kashmir (including Azad Kashmir) and this would be its most desired option. India also believes that regardless of the Muslim majority of Kashmir, it shouldn’t be the determining factor of Kashmir’s future since India is a secular country. In fact, India has more Muslim people than does Pakistan. India also believes that by participating in state elections, Kashmiris are content with residing in India. This scenario, however, is a very unlikely one since Muslims of Paskistani-controlled Kashmir as well as those in the Kashmir Valley have shown no desire to join India. If all of Kashmir were to become part of India, much violence and instability would likely ensue. Additionally, this option fails to recognize the Kashmiris fighting for independence.23


Scenario 4

A fourth option is giving Kashmir complete independence. Freedom fighters argue that Kashmir was once an independent princely state, and thus there is no reason why it can’t revert to that. They also argue that Kashmir is bigger than 68 countries of the UN and thus is large enough in size to be its own country. There would be, however, complications of Kashmir gaining independence. India is an extremely diverse country made of many different yet complementary religions, cultures, ethnicities. It even has 18 official languages. If Kashmir were given independence, India fears that other states would also demand independence, resulting in a balkanization of the region. Also, many inhabitants of Kashmir, mainly the Hindus of Jammu and Buddhists of Ladakh, are content with the status quo and would not want to be part of an independent Kashmir. Since Kashmir is a region of incredible instability, most of the international community also feels like this is not a feasible or desirable option. Lastly, this option is also unlikely because both Pakistan and India are very unwilling to give up any land.24

The scenarios are illustrated below and on the following page.




After reviewing these four scenarios, making the Line of Control the international border seems the most realistic and feasible. This situation would anger those fighting for Kashmir’s independence. However, their concerns could be assuaged somewhat by granting Kashmir much more autonomy.


Improve trade relations, prevent illegal black market trade and circular trade, and have Pakistan increase the number of allowed imports from India

Currently, there are three main ways trade occurs between India and Pakistan. The first is black market illegal trade that occurs along the India-Pakistan border. The second method is through circular trade which takes place when trade is carried from India to a third party country to Pakistan. The final way of trading is true formal trading. The amount of illegal and circular trade is actually much greater than trade performed formally. Common items smuggled from India to Pakistan are industrial machinery, cement, chemicals, and tea. Items illegally traded from Pakistan to India include edible oils, spices, and dry fruits. The immense amount of illegal trade occurring demonstrates that there is much potential for economic opportunities between the two countries.25

There is a large potential for India-Pakistan trade that unfortunately has not been reached. Much of this is due to the fact that Pakistan has restricted Indian imports to only a list of about 600 items. This has lead to many detrimental effects. To give one example, Pakistan imports iron ore and tea from Brazil and Kenya respectively when these products could be bought at much lower prices from India.26 Both Pakistan and India suffer as a result.

Trade relations between Pakistan and India must be improved for mutual economic development. However, Pakistan’s stance is that it wants to resolve the dispute in Kashmir before improving trade relations with India. Pakistan should reconsider its perspective because trade is a pressing issue. Pakistan must allow trade talks with India to occur and it should also increase the number of Indian imports it allows. Efforts should also be made to eliminate illegal and circular trading. The financial surplus that could result by improving trade relations could be used for improving conditions in Kashmir.27



Grant Kashmir more autonomy by giving it a larger presence in SAARC and privileges that allow it to be more self-governing

Established on December 8, 1985, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is composed of Heads of State or Government of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.28

SAARC was created to improve the welfare of South Asian citizens and promote multi-faceted cooperation amongst member countries. Included as objectives it is charter were the promotion of a collective self-reliance amongst the countries of South Asia, acceleration of South Asian economic growth and cultural development, improvement of the standards of living in the area, the nurturing of relations of mutual trust between nations, collaboration between South Asian nations in scientific and economic fields, and the strengthening of ties with other developing nations.29

In 1993, SAARC created the SAARC Preferential Trading Agreement (SAPTA) which established a formal regional trading bloc between the member nations. Many economists believe that regional trading blocks (RTB) serve as an engine of growth in the region and that they give members a significant advantage over countries not affiliated with a bloc. RTBs facilitate trading amongst nations by encouraging member nations to import goods from each other rather than from outside sources. Member countries give tariff and non-tariff concessions on imports to each other and thereby, drive out outside competition.30

SAARC is a valuable organization that could significantly benefit its member nations. However, the potential of SAARC has not been fully reached because of the many trade barriers described earlier. Both India and Pakistan should cooperate to improve SAARC. Once this happens, Kashmir should be given a larger role in SAARC. A way of giving Kashmir more autonomy is to allow it to have a major presence in the organization. Kashmir should be granted privileges that allow it to behave in the way of an independent nation. For example, Kashmir could be given the abilities to independently accept aid and control its own taxes. Kashmir could be given the privilege of sending representatives to SAARC meetings. These measures would allow Kashmir to reap the many benefits of having a major voice in SAARC. It would also allow Kashmir to be much more autonomous and self-governing.



What the UN must do:

Protect the border between India and Pakistan and guarantee no border skirmishes

Much financial resources and many lives are lost to maintaining the Line of Control. Both countries fear an invasion from the other side and thus constantly need to protect the LOC. Occasionally military skirmishes occur, both sides blame the other, and this perpetuates insurgency throughout Kashmir. It would be very advantageous to both India and Pakistan to have a guarantee from the UN that no more border skirmishes would occur. This way, both countries could remove forces from the border and save hundreds of lives and millions of dollars. The UN could also oversee the Simla glacier and ensure that no invasions would occur.
Station UN troops in Kashmir to maintain peace

Many crimes caused by religious intolerance, militant groups, and security forces occur in Kashmir. By stationing UN peace-keeping troops all around Kashmir, the number of acts of violence could be decreased significantly. This would dramatically improve the quality of life of Kashmiris and would also give them peace of mind that they could step outside their homes without fear of violence.
Use international funds (from the UN and JBIC) to improve the economy of Kashmir.

The economy of Kashmir could be improved significantly by accepting financial aid. The UN could be the source of this money. Another major source of financial aid is the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The mission of the JBIC is to improve the development of Japan and the world by providing funding for projects that promote the Japanese economy and the social development and economic stability in developing areas. The JBIC has offered India and Pakistan loans in the past such as the Afforestation Project in Aravalli Hills in 2001, the Pakistani rural electrification project in 2000, the Tami Nadu State Micro Hydro Power Stations Construction project in 1998, and the housing program for low and medium income households in India in 1999. Thus, it is likely that they would be able to offer the two countries aid again.31
Use funds of about $250 million (U.S.) to improve the tourism industry

Tourism is a major source of revenue for Kashmir. The region has breathtakingly beautiful expanses, stunnining snow-capped mountains, beautiful rivers, and rich forests. There are already many foreign and domestic tourists that frequent the area, but much more can be done to maximize the potential of the tourism industry in Kashmir.

There are two main types of tourists that come to Kashmir. The first are the Hindu pilgrims make the journey to visit the Holy Shrine of Sheri Mata Vashino Devi Ji. Foreign and domestic tourists that visit Kashmir for sight seeing constitute the second category of tourists. They usually engage in hiking, skiing, river rafting, mountain climbing, and visiting of natural and historic sites.32

Currently, Kashmir sees approximately 3.5 million tourists a year. However, there are inadequate facilities for tourists. The tourism industry can be improved by building more hotels that meet the needs of people from all different financial backgrounds.33

Bharat Hotels Limited is major contributor in India's tourism and hotel sector. It has built some of the most luxurious hotels in India, including The InterContinental Grand Palace Srinagar which is in Kashmir.34 The cost of building a five star hotel such as this one is about $50 million dollars.35 Thus international aid of about $250 million would be adequate to construct one or two luxury hotels, and then multiple hotels that would be affordable to the middle and lower financial brackets.

Article 370 of the Indian Constitution bars non-Kashmiris from buying land in the state of Kashmir. This law has a negative impact on the economy because the preventing of purchase of property is a major impediment to investment and economic development of the state. One hotel manager stated that, "As long as businessmen cannot buy property, no one will set up factories or even luxury hotels. Kashmir will always remain undeveloped and poor, and thus a haven for militancy until this law is abolished." Thus, Article 370 should be removed so that tourism in Kashmir can reach its maximum potential.36


Use funds to promote other industries in Kashmir

Kashmir also has an abundance of natural resources that have not been taken advantage of. It contains vast amounts of fertile land, forests, expanses of water, and precious minerals and jewels. Kashmir also has a hydropower potential of over 15,000 MW, however damns have only tapped about 1% of the source. Thus, these industries could be a major sources of revenue for Kashmir. International funds should be used to develop and maximize the potential of these industries.37


Have the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) operate in Kashmir

Ghulam Khan, a resident of Kashmir, comments, “In Kashmir there are no human rights. The world over people talk about human rights violations but they seem to overlook it when it comes to us…I don't have any big dreams. I don't have much hope. I would like to have a quiet life with a steady job, nothing too ambitious. Just enough to make ends meet.”38 There are many human rights violations that take place in Kashmir every day. The UN should have the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to operate in Kashmir. The organization is a neutral humanitarian group that operates confidentially to provide medical assistance, protection for victims of abuse, and other humanitarian services. The IRCR would significantly improve the lives of the Kashmiris.39
Conclusion
There is no easy way of solving the Kashmir crisis. Attempts at resolving the conflict have been going on for over 50 years yet have seen very little progress. It is time for a change and a new approach to settling the situation. India and Pakistan should strike a deal with the United Nations and work together for a more prosperous future. Key elements of this proposal require India and Pakistan to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. India should declare the Line of Control the international border and also give Kashmir more autonomy. What the UN must do in return is establish peace in the region and guarantee no border skirmishes. It should also provide funding to strengthen the economy of Kashmir. These steps will hopefully revitalize Kashmir and once again, allow it to be known for immense beauty rather that for grave atrocity.

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End Notes

1 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.” BBC News.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/south_asia/2002/india_pakistan/timeline/default.stm.

2 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.”

3 Amberish Diwanji. “We realize the UN can do little.” Rediff on the Net.

http://www.rediff.com/news/1999/dec/15blood1.htm.

4 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.”

5 “We realize the UN can do little.”

6 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.”

7 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.”

8 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.”

9 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.”

10 “India-Pakistan: Troubled Relations.”

11 “India/Pakistan: Civilians continue to bear the brunt of Jammu and Kashmir conflict.” 30 May 2003.

Amnesty International. http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/ENGASA040032002.



12 “Who are the Kashmir militants?” 19 February 2003. BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1719612.stm.

13 Easen, Nick. “Siachen: The world’s highest cold war.” 17 September 2003. CNN International.

http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/south/05/20/siachen.kashmir/index.html.

14 “Siachen: The world’s highest cold war.”

15 “India and Pakistan – UNMOGIP – Background.” 2002. United Nations. http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/missions/unmogip/background.html.

16 “India and Pakistan – UNMOGIP – Background.”

17 “India and Pakistan – UNMOGIP – Background.”

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19 “Brief Background.” United Nations. http://www.un.org/Depts/dda/WMD/treaty/.

20 “The Future of Kashmir?” BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/south_asia/03/kashmir_future/html/default.stm.

21 “The Future of Kashmir?”

22 “The Future of Kashmir?”

23 “The Future of Kashmir?”

24 “The Future of Kashmir?”

25 Bidanda Chengappa. “India-Pakistan Trade Relations.” June 1999. Strategic Analysis: A Monthly Journal of the IDSA. http://www.ciaonet.org/olj/sa/sa_99chb03.html.

26 “India-Pakistan Trade Relations.”

27 “India-Pakistan Trade Relations.”

28 “South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.” 23 August 2001. SAARC. http://www.saarc-sec.org/.

29 Anshuman Gupta. SAARC: SAPTA to SAFTA. Delhi, India: Shipra Publications, 2002. pp. 23-24.

30 SAARC: SAPTA to SAFTA. pp. 11-13.

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