As India and Pakistan Spar, Who Lives in Between?
Much of the recent media coverage of the tensions between India and Pakistan has tended to focus on direct skirmishes between the two nuclear-armed states. Two out of three India-Pakistan armed conflicts since the countries were partitioned in 1947 have been fought over the Kashmir region. A 1972 agreement divided Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani-administered territories along a de facto military boundary. A 30-year-old armed insurgency within Indian-occupied Kashmir has intensified since 2014. This has directly strained relations between India and Pakistan. India accuses Pakistan of harboring and supporting Kashmiri militant groups, while Pakistan claims the insurgency is largely home-grown and a result of an Indian occupation. Kashmiri journalist Sheikh Saaliq, who is currently based in Delhi, joins us to discuss the historical context behind the conflict, its escalation within the past few years and its effects on India-Pakistan relations.