In Aljazeera’s Upfront with Mehdi Hassan Ather Zia debated Sualeh Keen for the case for independence.
Aljazeera reports: Indian-administered Kashmir is one of the most militarised places in the world. Recent violence between demonstrators and Indian security forces in the disputed region left at least 80 civilians dead and about 12,000 wounded. One group even accused Indian forces of human rights abuse. And, according to a 2010 poll of Kashmiris, a clear majority preferred independence or joining Pakistan. Given the violence and allegations of human rights abuses, is it time for Indian-administered Kashmir to seek independence? “Kashmir is an idea whose time has come,” says University of Northern Colorado Professor Ather Zia, originally from Indian-administered Kashmir. “I think Kashmiri people have given a referendum in blood, and these past three months have proved that.”