Hey BBC, Here are some Other Things to know About Kashmir

The BBC has a story about the death of a 12-year old in Srinagar that sums up the situation in the valley with the following "Five things to know about Kashmir."

  • India and Pakistan have disputed the territory for nearly 70 years - since independence from Britain
  • Both countries claim the whole territory but control only parts of it
  • Two out of three wars fought between India and Pakistan centred on Kashmir
  • Since 1989 there has been an armed revolt in the Muslim-majority region against rule by India
  • High unemployment and complaints of heavy-handed tactics by security forces battling street protesters and fighting insurgents have aggravated the problem.That is not enough!

Anyone who wants to understand why Kashmir is the way it is, must also understand the following:

When Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent campaign for independence threatened to make India ungovernable, British colonial rulers let loose a cold blooded campaign of mass murder and terrorism to split the country along religious lines in 1947.

  • To prevent reconciliation they arranged for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and deliberately created the Kashmir dispute.See here


  • The first war between India and Pakistan was in 1947, when the armies on both sides were still commanded by British officers.

  • While that war was still in its early stages a British officer established the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the spy agency that has effectively controlled Pakistan ever since.

  • Pakistani Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan who got rid of the British General commanding the country's Army in January 1950 and signed an agreement normalizing relations  with India, was assassinated in October the same year.

  • In 1988, President Zia al Haq of Pakistan and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India tried to make peace and were close to signing an agreement on Kashmir when the former was killed by an explosion that ripped apart his aircraft in mid-air. On board were all the people in Pakistan involved in the peace process, including the American Ambassador.

  • Rajiv Gandhi was driven from office by a trumped up scandal involving the import of weapons from the Swedish company BOFORS, which had beaten out Britain's BAE to get the contract. Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, with whom Gandhi had made the deal was assassinated in Sweden. When Gandhi was weeks away from certain re-election as Prime Minister, he was also assassinated.

  • It is important for the British to keep the Kashmir situation boiling because it gives them the leverage over Pakistan necessary to maintain control of Afghanistan, source of 90 per cent of the world's illicit opium and heroin. Only about 2 per cent of the $60 billion annual revenue from that drug trade stays in the region; the rest is siphoned into British banks.

  •  British banks control the global money laundering economy through a string of some 70 "tax havens," most of them in small former colonies.

  • That money laundering system supports every terrorist group in the world. The so-called "Islamic terrorists" who have spread out from South Asia and the Middle East to Africa protect the routes along which Britain ferries drugs to major markets. 

  • The Kashmir dispute was created to serve British economic and political interests and it remains unsolved because of that.

It is necessary to keep all that in mind in trying to understand the tragic unnecessary death of a 12-year old in Kashmir.

To see the global context of the Kashmir issue, read Assassinations and Plots