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Is Pakistan’s political map of disputed Jammu and Kashmir really an “absurdity”?

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09.08.2020

India used all expletives in its not-so-diplomatic lexicon to point out that revision of Pakistan’s political map was an “absurdity”. It does not appear to be so. The revision is in sync with Muslim Conference’s resolution dated July 19, 1947, embodying decision to accede to Pakistan. On this day in 1947, All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference passed a resolution for Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan

The historic Kashmir resolution

The historic resolution, passed at the residence of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan in Srinagar, recalled that the future of Kashmir was inextricably linked with Pakistan because of geographical, cultural and economic relation with Pakistan. The resolution epitomized ethos of millions of Kashmiri Muslims whose hearts throbbed with people of Pakistan.

This resolution is unequivocal unlike the maharajha’s so-called`instrument of accession’. The spirit of the resolution is enshrined in Article 7 (3) of AJK Interim Constitution 1974 [31st August, 1974] Act VIII OF 1974 also. The Article 7 provides for `Freedom of association.-…(3) No person or political party in Azad Jammu and Kashmir shall be permitted to propagate against, or take part in activities prejudicial or detrimental to, the ideology of the State’s accession to Pakistan.’

The oath for the AJK President, Prime minister and Ministers provides `I will remain loyal to the country and to the cause of accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan’. Besides, Article 11 provides for ‘Plebiscite Adviser.- The President may appoint a Plebiscite Adviser to advise the Government in relation to the holding of a plebiscite in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in terms of the United Nations Commission for India Pakistan Resolutions.’

Puerile map revision by India makes it a rogue state: Unlike AJ&K and Pakistan, India had harboured a perfidious and perfunctory commitment to holding the plebiscite, as per the United Nations’ resolutions. By scrapping the disputed state’s special status, India itself tore the `instrument’, if it existed at all, to shreds.

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