What is the main reason India does not try to annex the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan?

Answer by Balaji Viswanathan:

The time for India to get back PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as it called in India or Azad Kashmir as it is called in Pakistan) is long past.

Why can't India win back PoK?

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru prematurely went to the UN Security Council in 1948 that brought external intervention to the dispute. India is still paying for many of the mistakes of our first Prime Minister. Once the UN got involved, it became hard for India to take aggressive action there. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/i… (This article will show India's advantageous position before Nehru's intervention brought a ceasefire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir… )
  2. After 1970s, both nations developed nuclear and missile capabilities precluding the possibility of a major war. If India were to attack PoK, Pakistan is guaranteed to respond with a nuclear attack.
  3. Currently, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PoK) are almost entirely Muslim (after the minority Hindus were driven out or got killed in partition in 1947) and India will find it hard to argue its case of winning back. If anything, India could have fought to keep Sindh (that had the largest Hindu percentage among Pakistani provinces in 1947) rather than Kashmir.
  4. Finally, status quo is beneficial to everybody (even if Pakistan makes noise otherwise). Ending the current status can open Pandora's box.

What is the main reason India does not try to annex the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan?


8 thoughts on “What is the main reason India does not try to annex the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan?

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  2. On the subject of your post, I have long wondered about the Kashmir and its history between India and Pakistan. Old newsreels documenting the 1947 breakup is heartwrenching to watch. I’m sure your feelings are even more profound.

    I sincerely hope the prospect of the usage of nuclear weapons will be forever avoided between your two countries. I recognize that my country (US) has the capacity to destroy the world 10-times over; and I worry that we humans will not learn to “study war no more” before it is too late for us all.

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    In my recent post you would find the mock up issue of the magazine I am about to launch. In that issue Dr.H.V.Hande, an octogenarian, has written about the Kashmir issue. Please read

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