The Jammu and Kashmir Dispute: Where Do People of Jammu and Kashmir Stand?

On December 14, 2015 Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj briefed the Indian Parliament about the outcome of her recent visit to Pakistan, during which India and Pakistan took a decision to start a renewed Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue. The agenda of this dialogue includes the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistanis and Kashmiris believe that this is the core issue. India, on the contrary, contends that it is just one of the issues and that the issue of terrorism is more pressing and urgent. Shusma Swaraj, while addressing a press conference in Delhi on August 23, had contended that there were only two parties to Kashmir dispute and there was no room for the Hurriyat Conference or anyone else to claim participatory rights in India-Pakistan dialogue.

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