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Kashmir, thorn in flesh of Pakistan – and India

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 21 2017   /  01:29 am

Border post: An entrance to the Pakistan side of the Pakistan-India border post in Wagah, a village situated in Lahore district, Punjab, Pakistan. The village has hosted daily flag-lowering ceremonies jointly held by the security forces of Pakistan and India since 1959.(JP/Imanuddin Razak)Seventy years after Pakistan’s independence, the smoldering Kashmir issue involving a border conflict with India remains a most daunting problem.

The Kashmir stalemate is rooted in the painful birth of India and Pakistan. Britain relinquished its control of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, partitioning it into predominantly Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan, while Kashmir was given the liberty to accede to either nation.

Kashmir is partially or completely claimed by three countries: India, Pakistan and China. India controls one state called Jammu and Kashmir, which makes up the southern a...