Some Kashmiri Separatist Leaders Seeking New Ideas for Resolving the Kashmir Conflict

The options usually discussed include maintaining the status quo; Kashmir independence; and Kashmir joining either Pakistan or India in its entirety. But the governments in New Delhi and Islamabad and the people of Kashmir never found consensus around any of these options, and perhaps never will.

The National Conference is a party that favors self-rule for Kashmir while stopping short of outright independence, an idea popular with younger Kashmiri leaders. While no concrete proposals have been presented to the governments in New Delhi and Islamabad, some Kashmiris have suggested a “United States of Kashmir” that enjoys self-rule with joint supervision by India and Pakistan.

Hardliners in the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a group of separatist organizations in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, are opposed to such a proposal.

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Patricia Nunan, “New Ideas Surfacing on Kashmir Peace,” Voice of America News, 12 April 2006,