Kashmir Dispute: Significance of Its Early Resolution
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Peaceful co-existence of India and Pakistan has been flawed since their independence owing to dispute over the former princely state of Kashmir. Pakistan, rejecting the dubious accession of the State with India, controls 13rd of Kashmir, whereas the rest remains under Indian control. Dispute-resolution efforts at bilateral and UN level have failed mainly due to Indias intransigence. The dispute has already led both the countries to numerous wars and large-scale military escalations, involving perilous nuclear brinkmanship. Lately, the significance of early resolution of the dispute has enhanced in view of its potential as a nuclear flashpoint, implications on the US - led ISAF campaign in Afghanistan, linkage with human rights abuses in Kashmir and the consequent reaction in the form of militancy and abysmal impoverishment of South Asia. Lack of political will and resolve, mutual trust - deficit and deeply entrenched positions are the major impediments in the way of dispute - resolution. Plebiscite, territorial adjustment, maintenance of status quo, independence and grant of autonomy are the possible options for conflict-resolution. However, in view of the failed bilateralism, it is concluded that a focused US effort is needed for the dispute-resolution.
- Government and Political Science