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Miftah Urges Pakistan to Consider Making Azad Kashmir a Province, Following India’s Example

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Former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail weighed in on Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent remarks regarding the situation in Azad Kashmir, suggesting a referendum to determine the region’s future.

Ismail countered Singh’s claims, advocating for a democratic process to ascertain the desires of the people in both Kashmirs.

In an interview, Ismail highlighted the administrative rather than constitutional status of Azad Kashmir within Pakistan.

He noted the absence of representation in national committees such as the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and the lack of a share in provincial product divisions, despite receiving federal funding.

Ismail emphasized the shared identity of Kashmiris with Pakistanis and suggested that Pakistan may need to consider granting Azad Kashmir provincial status, akin to India’s approach in occupied Kashmir.

Regarding the naming of a new political party, Ismail disclosed deliberations on potential names such as “Reform Pakistan” and “Awam Pakistan,” with final decisions pending a forthcoming meeting.

Despite uncertainties about the party’s success, Ismail expressed optimism and determination to pursue efforts toward its establishment.

Ismail’s comments underscore the complex dynamics surrounding Kashmir and Pakistan’s internal governance structures.

The discussion surrounding Azad Kashmir’s status reflects broader geopolitical tensions and considerations of constitutional arrangements.

Additionally, the anticipation surrounding the formation of a new political party suggests ongoing shifts within Pakistan’s political landscape, with implications for future governance and policy directions.

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