• Lt. General (Retd.) Syed Athar Ali



Kashmir issue is considered as an issue which could have far-reaching implications for the security of not only this region but entire international community. The complexity of this issue is unique due to its multi-dimensional character which is rooted in the socio-economic changes being brought about by the phenomenon of Globalization. This article analyses facts from shifts in the international system during the past 23 years to the increasing role of Kashmiri diaspora. It dilates upon the disparity in the quality of life of the Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and recent changes in the political structure of both Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian-held Kashmir. Therefore, it is imperative that for any realistic solution or way forward of the Kashmir issue would have to account for the changing environment. Such a comprehensive and broad-based approach would allow Pakistan’s Kashmir Policy to be synergized with Pakistan’s other vital national interests, diversify policy options and also improve its international image.

Author Biography

Lt. General (Retd.) Syed Athar Ali

PhD scholar at Department of International Relations, Faculty of Contemporary Studies, National Defence University, Islamabad.




How to Cite

Ali, Lt. General (Retd.) Syed Athar. 2012. “KASHMIR ISSUE: THE SOFT APPROACH”. Journal of Contemporary Studies 1 (1):17-33. https://jcs.ndu.edu.pk/site/article/view/123.