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Title:Pakistan's Changing Outlook on Kashmir
Author(s):Hussain, Syed Rifaat
Subject(s):Jammu and Kashmir -- Conflict
Jammu and Kashmir -- Pakistan -- Policy
Abstract:Historically, Pakistan has viewed its dispute with India over Kashmir as the key determinant of its strategic behavior in the international arena. Advocacy of the rights of the Kashmiri people to freely determine their future has been the main plank of Islamabad’s diplomatic strategy in the United Nations and other international fora. By championing the cause of the rights of the Kashmiri people, Islamabad has tried to remind the world that India’s control over two-thirds of the State of Jammu and Kashmir is not only legally untenable but morally unjust, as it was achieved through an instrument of accession with a ruler who had lost the support of the vast majority of his predominantly Muslim subjects. Recently, however, Pakistan's stated position on Kashmir has undergone a fundamental shift under President General Pervez Musharraf who, after assuming power in October 1999 in a bloodless coup, has been, in his own words, “pondering outside the box” solutions to resolve the dispute. This paper examines various aspects of the changing Pakistani outlook on Kashmir and analyzes different factors underpinning this change.
Issue Date:2008
Publisher:Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Syed Rifaat Hussain, "Pakistan's Changing Outlook on Kashmir," Swords and Ploughshares, vol. XVI, no. 1 (winter 2007-8), pp. 7-11. Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Series/Report:Swords and Ploughshares, winter 2007-8
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-11

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