Conflict Of Kashmir: The Conflict And Conflict In Kashmir

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Kashmir is considered one of the most beautiful countries in South Asia, mainly because of the majesty of the Himalayan Mountains. Its is located at a between four different countries, serves as a divider between Afghanistan and China; however, Kashmir is also highly disputed between the Pakistan and India. Recently, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly has called Kashmir “one of the world’s most militarized places” (Lazaro 2012). This decades old conflict runs much deeper than a land dispute between two countries. In recent time, it has become a struggle over resources and in the middle of this conflict are the people who call this region home. Many wars have been fought over resources; however, those who fight are in many cases doing so because…show more content…
The issue between the two religions date back before Great Britain colonized the country. In 1846, a Hindu Maharaja ruled the land. His distain for the Muslim population led to poor living conditions. Although the majority of the population was Muslim, The current ruling class was Hindus. As tension between the two cultures grew, so did the difficulty maintaining control. The Muslim population wanted to be separated from the king, which led to the beginning of Pakistan. This separation seemed like a logical solution to the British. The land was then partition the created the countries of Pakistan and India. In the middle of turmoil, Great Britain struggled to maintain control. Great Britain’s colonization of the Kashmir region lasted from 1858 to 1947. Great Britain withdrew their claim to Kashmir and India gained its independence in 1947 (Potter…show more content…
Most are fueled by Pakistan intelligence service backing proxy groups to incite an insurgency of militant separatist. Pakistan backs several Islamist extremist groups within the Kashmir region both, financially and through moral support. These groups use non-discriminant tactics while waging the Pakistan proxy war of ethnic cleansing. Likewise, India has their own issues with human rights violations with India sponsored security forces allegations of widespread abuse under the guise of clearing out the insurgents. In an interview with Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, Kashmir’s Grand Mufti, Bashir Uddin Ahmad he describes the situation between Pakistan and India. Bashir Ahmad states that the numbers of people missing or dead because of these conflicts are misleading. Ahmad states “since 1989, when the situation became more critical, hundreds of thousands of people are missing and hundreds of thousands more have been killed. We have no knowledge of where they are. The killing continues unabated, and the situation is still simmering” (Bashir Ahmad 2012). Conflict is nothing new to the people of Kashmir. The countries have tried to settle the dispute both politically and militarily. If esthetic issues were not enough, now the quest for increase resources pose another problem and add another layer of complexity and distance between the two
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