China and Pakistan: Original Sinners of Gilgit-Baltistan and the ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ - A tale of genocide, covert demographic engineering, slavery, and suppression

Pandya, Abhinav

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Recently, after abrogating Kashmir's semi-autonomous status, India declared a new domicile law for Kashmir. Pakistan has reacted strongly against this new law accusing India’s Hindu-nationalist government of harbouring schemes to alter the demography of Kashmir in order to change its Muslim-majority character. In this article, it is argued that Pakistan’s criticism is ethically unjustified because of its own blemished record of demographic engineering in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ (‘AJK’). State-led demographic engineering in ‘AJK’ and GB is discussed, arguing that such attempts have marginalized the local Shi’a community. Pakistan has settled Sunni extremists in GB and ‘AJK’. As of result, today, the region is home to intense sectarian violence and Sunni terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar–i-Taiba. This article also points to these demographic engineering projects, being not merely Pakistani projects: China has tremendous stakes in the demographic engineering of GB to secure its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2020
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 12:21
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Religion
Political science
Military science
Controlled Keywords: Jammu and Kashmir, Kaschmirkonflikt, Indien, Pakistan, China, Politik, Demografie
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indien, Pakistan, China, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu und Kaschmir, Religion, Islam, Politik, Minderheit, Unterdrückung, Konflikt, Gewalt, Terrorismus, Seperatismus, demographische Entwicklung / India, Pakistan, China, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, religion, Islam, politics, minority, oppression, conflict, violence, terrorism, separatism, demographic development
Subject (classification): Politics
Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: China
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 50