Nothing left to lose

Successive Pakistani governments have painted themselves into a corner over Kashmir by their overuse of rhetoric and emotion. This has locked Pakistan into an all-or-nothing position.

The 'state' of Azad Jammu and Kashmir came into existence with a formal declaration of its founding and 'independence' on 24 October 1947 in circumstances surrounding Independence and Partition. It consists of a sliver of territory that remained under the control of the pro-Pakistan elements in Kashmir around Independence. But from the very beginning, the state was beset with anomalies.

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