Independent Kashmir is a pipe dream. If magically India and China give up their claims can a sane person really expect Pakistan to allow Kashmiris their freedom? Looking at Pakistan's human rights record, probably not.
Kashmiris - whether they Might be Hindus ,Muslims or Sikhs , want to remain as a part of India and India only. The rest is terror campaigns funded by Pakistan to disturb the Peace in India.
I like how you say they would vote for "annexation" by Pakistan, as if you yourself don't want to give them the option for a free state lol.
In 1947, after independence, Kashmir was left deciding whether to join Pakistan, India or be independent. While they were deciding, Pakistan decided to invade because they thought the Hindu Maharaja would decide to join India. This caused the Maharaja to cede his country to India, which India quickly occupied and defended against Pakistan. However, Pakistan kept a bit of the northeast (Gilgit-Baltistan) and the borders were kept like that due to a UN ceasefire. The UN also demanded a referendum to decide the fate of Kashmir, but this has not happened to this day, likely due to a country (possibly India) delaying this.
However, this didn't stop Pakistan's efforts to get the entire region. Most notably in 1965, they snuck soldiers across the border to incite rebellion among the locals and led to the Indo-Pak war of 1965, which was a victory for India (though both sides claim victory).
I think the best action going forward is to have a referendum, but subdivide it with the UN watching over. Kashmiris would have an option to join India or Pakistan, because realistically, I don't think any Kashmiris will vote for independence. This will take into account the 70-year-old border and the displacement it has caused.
The most realistic good scenario (in my opinion) would be making the current border official. I think this would cause the least stress, especially since most Kashmiris who want to join India or Pakistan would be on the right side of the border. This would also negate much reason for more wars since there is a hard border.
I hope that clears it up. Feel free to point evidence of bias or any mistakes I might have made. Otherwise, great quiz. I think the K2 question is fine.
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I am Bangladeshi, so I have a bit of a personal bias, but happy Pakistan Day!
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