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Over 40,000 Pak madarsas churn out terrorists on yearly basis to back military in Kashmir: Report

"We want good ties with India but durable peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved," Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif recently said.

Vani Mehrotra Edited by: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: April 25, 2022 12:51 IST
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Pakistan military still controls Kashmir policy

Highlights

  • Sharif's statement is seen as a mantra which could help create an impression in front of military
  • Pakistan's experts are not doing anything to stop terrorists, a report has stated
  • Kashmir has been the oldest issue between India and Pakistan

Does the Pakistan military really run the country's Kashmir policy? Will the change in the Pakistan government not improve its relationship with India? Pakistan may continue to claim it is 'committed to the maintenance of regional peace and security', and that its 'sacrifices and contribution in fighting and eliminating terrorism are well-known', however, a recent statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif proves otherwise. 

"We want good ties with India but durable peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved," Sharif said. 

According to a report with Baltimore Post-Examiner, the statement is seen as a mantra that could help Sharif create a good impression in front of the military generals for smooth sailing.

More than 40,000 madarsas in Pakistan churn out terrorists on a yearly basis and none of the country's experts are holding their breath for this to end, and why? Because this is seen as a help in sustaining the military's strategic depth in Kashmir and Afghanistan, the report stated. 

What is the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan?

Kashmir has been the oldest issue between India and Pakistan and it all started when the ruler of Kashmir and their people sided with India when the princely states were being divided between two countries after the independence. In order to capture Kashmir, Pakistan attacked Kashmir on October 22, 1947, and illegally occupied the northern and western parts of the state.

Pakistani rulers were reluctant to play by book as the country, being an agro-based country, was dependent on the rivers of Kashmir for two-thirds of water flowing into its western provinces, the report stated.

When India received the letter of accession from the ruler of Kashmir, then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru took the case to the UN Security Council and asked Pakistan to respect the constitutional process governing the partition of India and withdraw troops from the occupied areas.

After deliberation, the UN Security Council formed a commission that gave Pakistan the deadline to withdraw from Gilgit (PoK) and their so-called Azad-Kashmir (PoK) to ascertain the wishes of Kashmiris regarding state's accession with India but Pakistan, despite all pressure still illegally controlled the region.

In 1956, the British government upgraded Pakistan's status from a dominion to a sovereign nation, which brought great political and economic opportunities for its citizens. However, this promotion also allowed Pakistani rulers to instigate illegal religious and racial demographic changes in Gilgit and solidify military control over parts of Kashmir bordering China and Afghanistan, as reported by the Baltimore Post-Examiner.

Not only Pakistan but its lone ally, China also wanted the Kashmir impasse to continue on a low simmer which will keep India busy on its western border and also distract the country from paying attention to the immoral and illegal actions of the Communist Party in occupied Tibet and Xinjiang.

However, India on other hand said that they wanted a normal relationship with Pakistan.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs' annual report 2021-2022, "India seeks normal relations with all its neighbours including Pakistan. Our consistent position is that bilateral issues should be addressed peacefully in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence."

The onus is on Pakistan as it continues to sponsor cross-border terrorism against India; restrict normal trade, connectivity and people-to-people exchanges; and engage in hostile and fabricated propaganda to vilify India, according to an MEA report. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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