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Is Pakistan’s political map  really  “absurd”?

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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 seem so. The revision is in sync with the Muslim Conference’s resolution of 19 July 1947, when the All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference passed a resolution for Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan

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 relations with Pakistan. The resolution epitomized the ethos of millions of Kashmiri Muslims whose hearts throbbed with people of Pakistan.

This resolution is unequivocal, unlike the Maharaja’s so-called `instrument of accession’. The spirit of the resolution is enshrined in Article 7(3) of the AJK Interim Constitution. It provides ‘7. 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, PM 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 a Plebiscite Adviser appointed by the President.

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. The cartographic annexation of the state (August 5) by India not only violates the terms of ‘accession’ in the so-called........

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