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Kashmir 101: Decoding Kashmir's conflict

- Staff writer

3. What do Kashmiris want now?

Most Kashmiris say they want freedom from India. Polling since 1995 has found at least two-thirds of those living in the Kashmir valley want independence. Some older Kashmiris still talk of joining Pakistan, but two-thirds of Kashmiris under age 30 mostly want independence.

These children of the 1990s conflict witnessed the bloodshed of street fighting and are disenchanted with armed resistance. Their desire for independence has intensified under the ongoing Indian military occupation and police state.


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