November

The futility of taking the Kashmir issue abroad

Ideally, Pakistani efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue should draw big yawns — not just from India but also the international community itself. After all, this is a script

that has played out before, and except for a short period in the early 1990s, it hardly gains any traction in international forums. But because of the recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), the ratcheting up of rhetoric from both sides, the Pakistani approach to the UN to intervene and now, the 26 October ‘million man’ march in London, the issue of the internationalisation of Kashmir has started drawing a little more than passing interest.

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Gilgit-Baltistan’s elusive self-governance

Alocal party from Gilgit-Baltistan in the north of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) has decided to challenge the political control of their region by mainstream Pakistani political parties through their local branches, while indigenous parties have been reduced to virtual nonentities. The Karakoram National Movement (KNM) has decided to move the Supreme Appellate Court (SAC), the highest court in Gilgit-Baltistan, to challenge the functioning of Pakistani bureaucracy in this region, and of political parties that are registered in Pakistan and not in Gilgit-Baltistan. The KNM avers that Gilgit-Baltistan is not a territory of Pakistan: its future is yet to be decided in accordance with the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir.

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