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Fed up of militancy: Majority of Kashmiris respond in a survey

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Malegaon: Against the prevalent propaganda by the communal forces in India, majority of Kashmiris are not only against joining Pakistan but are also fed up of militancy. Interestingly, the view is shared by Kashmiris on both the sides of Line of Control (LoC).


The interesting result is the conclusion of a British academic who conducted a survey in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) with the help of three other institutions.


“More people in the valley believed that an end to the militancy will help bring peace than in any of the districts.  There’s no belief that militancy can work or and there’s a strong belief that an end to militancy will help people in the peace process", said the survey report.


Titled "Kashmir: Paths to Peace", the survey of 3,700 people was released by the Chatham House think tank in London where Dr. Bradnock is an Associate Fellow. The survey was conducted by him with the help of Ipsos MORI, FACTS Worldwide and Aftab Associates Pvt Ltd.


The survey found that the "overwhelming majority" of residents want a solution to the dispute, even though there are no "simple fixes".


“We need to understand that this poll which interviewed nearly 4000 respondents on both sides of the LoC was asked a whole range of questions. When we came to the issue of what would you like to see on the political feature, we asked people if you were given a choice to vote tomorrow, which of the following options would you opt for, so they were invited and given the opportunity to vote for Pakistan, the whole of Kashmir to join Pakistan or the whole of Kashmir to join India or to be independent. And it was very striking that neither joining Pakistan nor the India joining options achieved majorities,” Bradnock’s survey said.

“Overwhelmingly on both sides of the LoC, unemployment was picked out as the number one issue and then as a series of other economically related issues – government corruptions was a big problem, particularly it should be said on the Indian side of the LoC. Over 60 % of the respondents listed government corruption as a major problem which Kashmiris face.

The opinion poll was conducted in all districts of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir except in Gilgit Baltistan due to the vast area.

The purpose of the poll was to establish current approach in Kashmir on both sides of the LoC to find alternative scenarios for the resolution of the conflict.


With inputs from ANI




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