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Kashmir conflict will last for 100 years: Author Stephen P Cohen

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  1. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    leading American expert on South Asia feels that the India-Pakistan conflict over Jammu & Kashmir will last for 100 years -- or perhaps even more.

    Stephen P Cohen, author of The Idea of Pakistan and a senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, told the Pakistani newspaper Dawn: "My prediction is that the India-Pakistan conflict, which includes Kashmir besides many other problems, will last for 100 years or even more."

    "I am very pessimistic about a solution between the two countries. They should cooperate over trade, for instance. Kashmir will eventually find its way (to a solution).

    "The US should have only a silent role which should be limited to providing ideas and suggestions as we often do in the Middle East peace process."

    Cohen said he was writing a book about the India-Pakistan rivalry and that he would call it a "hundred year old war".

    He was asked if the Pakistan Army can ever overcome its obsession with India and how the US can help the two countries resolve their dragging row over Jammu & Kashmir, which is divided between them.

    Cohen said the Pakistan Army was today more anti-American than radical. He traced the radicalisation of the Pakistan Army to the days of the movement which led to the break up of East Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh.

    That was when the army recruited people for outfits such as Al Badar and its death squads.

    This, Cohen said, became more systematic during the regime of Zia-ul-Haq both in Kashmir and Afghanistan.

    "Now, it is a full-fledged strategic alliance for the Pakistan military."

    Cohen also felt that the Pakistani Army was more anti-American than anti-India.

    "It has become more anti-American. Some sections of the army are more anti-American than they are anti-India.

    "The obsession with India, on the other hand, is weakening Pakistan rather than strengthening it. Pakistan has a huge list of reforms that it should have made."

    Kashmir conflict will last for 100 years: Author Stephen P Cohen - India - DNA
  2. d14gtc

    d14gtc Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

    Sep 14, 2010
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    yeah the time pakistan leave n dimental all support for terrorists and terror organisations........... The Issues will resolve ........... but its like "Dreaming in Day" .......... so i ll add another few thousand years in the list.
  3. Varad

    Varad Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

    Apr 7, 2011
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    Kashmir conflict is going to last for 1000 years. Kashmir ain't going anywhere.
  4. Not Sure

    Not Sure 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Mar 11, 2011
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    So in essence, Cohen is saying Pakistan too will last a 100 years? A little too far fetched :lol:
  5. One

    One 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Feb 13, 2011
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    100 years? OK. Still 40 more years to go. We are waiting...
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