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New Crossroads Asia Working Paper No. 34

Boundaries and Identities: The Case of Gilgit-Baltistan, by A. A. Dad

The following new paper has been published in the Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series in June 2016:

34 Dad, Aziz Ali (June 2016): Boundaries and Identities: The Case of Gilgit-Baltistan

Excerpt from the introduction:

"The main argument of the paper is that the absence of Gilgit-Baltistan in the power dispensation and state structure of Pakistan has created a power vacuum in the society, which is gradually filled by sectarian forces, nationalist movements, ethnic movements and regional associations. These actors attempt to rearticulate identities in Gilgit Baltistan with direct repercussions for the region’s association to the Kashmir dispute. The ways in which these identities are rearticulated reject the official narratives of the state and Kashmiri nationalism. Thus, Gilgit-Baltistan’s path is diverging after having shared a history with Kashmir during the colonial period. Under the new political dispensation in the post-colonial period, it has become subservient to the Kashmir dispute."