The conflict in Kashmir, explained The Quint: The Terrorist’s Lawyer; Lawyers 2 days ago   10:08

Why Kashmir remains one of the most militarized regions in the world.

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The dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir is one of the longest running conflicts. Ever since Britain left India in 1947 and hastily drew borders demarcating a Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan, Kashmir, located right between the two, has been fervently claimed by both nations.

India and Pakistan’s first war was fought over Kashmir’s status as the the newly independent countries were being formed. After over a year of bloody conflict the UN stepped in and brokered a ceasefire that drew a line down the middle of Kashmir and gave a portion of the territory to India and the remainder to Pakistan. This arrangement was meant to be temporary. Once the violence settled a vote was to be held that would allow Kashmiris to decide their own future.

But more than 70 years later, Kashmiris have yet to vote on their status. They remain stuck between two nuclear nations locked in a dangerous conflict with no end in sight.

Additional reading and sources on the conflict:

[BBC Timeline]

[UN report — Human Rights in Kashmir]

[CFR Conflict Tracker]

[Freedom House Report]

Special thanks to Kashmiris who shared their opinions with us:

Aqib Salam
Aarif Shah
Aijaz Ganaie
Injilla Sidiq
Sadaf Zehra
Mian Tufail
Mehak Dhaar
Rihana Maqbool
Waqas Khan
Sajid Yousuf
Tariq Bashir

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Comments 8873 Comments

Muhammmad Umer
OH IDOL WORSHIPPERS you can never win against the Mujahideen , Naaaaaraaeee Takbeeer 🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰
sanchit chauhan
Incomplete video, misguiding too
Didn't cover aspects how they do protests, stone pelting thing and kashmiri pandits issue.
Do more research
OnE MiLlioN KasHMiRi FacTS
We Kashmiri WaNtS FreeDom
Dark Shadow
I want to tell just one thing to these Kashmiri Guys that you've interviewed, if Kashmir were made independent Pakistan won't spare a second to conquer it.
So independence will not work out I'm sure.
Vishal Kumar
Kashmiri pandit is missed killed by Islam
Ranit Saxena
India doesn't maintain 500K (or 700K by some estimates) armed forces in the Kashmir valley. Our army is 1.2M strong, half of it cannot possibly be stationed in a small area. India has more than 3000 Kms of international borders
Dr. Shreyash Lal
Due to it's geopolitical importance, Kashmiris should forget that they'll ever get freedom. Pakistani as well as the Indian side. They should accept the reality and stop dreaming. Study and work hard like everyone and live a peaceful life. Help the government to remove non sense articles and laws and let the companies invest in Kashmir, so that, Kashmir develops like any other part of the country.
Raman Kumar
All Kashmiris just answer one simple question.
Indian army is deployed in all 29 states of India and none of the other 28 states have such issues. So what do you think will happen when you try to poke Indian army?
abhay tyagi
Vox has really mastered the art of video making!!
umesh shenoy
I don’t understand what dreams are suppressed? These Kashmiri’s have lot of benefits provided by the government. They can easily get admission to university and also the fee is less. Everything that you buy in Kashmir is so cheap as there is tax reduction. There is no Tax!!!! Be thankful.
Nepali Thito
nepal had never been a part of india why this map showing wrong data.
Mohit Kumar Sharan
one sided view ! they didnt discuss about pok !!
Kashmir would have been in Pakistan right now, had that vote been held.
Bellla Dixson
Look what the British made
History is history
My family got seperated cause of the independent
British British..😕😕😕😕😕
Divya Prakash Mishra
Lol the vox doesn't even know the jandk isn't only about kasmir ....It's about people of jammu , ladakh and kargil also ....Shame on vox
Ha Thanh Tam
In the end, only Britain and Chinese enjoy the huge benefit.
Come on Indian and Pakistani, you have same root, as brother and sister.
Make peace and get back your golden time.
Nowadays, many countries have multiple religions. Why so bother on this.
Vijay Kumar
Pakistan terror country
Onida Son
I have a question why can't the three countries divide Kashmir in 3 equal parts, discuss the situation regarding the two rivers and their control and just redefine the borders again and let the Kashmiris decide which country they want to go to. I mean there will be displacement refugees and other consequences when new borders show up. But it's way better than the violence going on for these many years right.
Abdul Basit
No India, No Pakistan
Free Jammu, Ladakh, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir, That's what we want
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The Quint: The Terrorist’s Lawyer; Lawyers The conflict in Kashmir, explained 2 days ago   09:45

Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist tried for the massacre of 164 people during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He was sentenced to death. Farhana Shah was one of the lawyers who defended him in the High Court. She’s one of many lawyers across the country defending the terror accused. For lawyers like Farhana, it’s a tough job defending the indefensible. They are branded the terrorist’s lawyers, boycotted by bar associations, and even attacked.
The Quint’s soon to be released documentary, ‘Fighting for the Terror Accused’, profiles some of these lawyers.

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