In fall 2013, I studied the politics of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in my South Asian Politics course. For the final project in the class, I worked on a foreign policy team that made recommendations to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about Pakistan’s foreign policy toward India. I wrote the section below proposing initiatives that Pakistan should take regarding the Kashmir region. Click the link for an excerpt from the full policy paper.
For the next five years, Pakistan’s relations with India should focus less on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Instead, Pakistan should direct its efforts toward solving its domestic problems, which will help facilitate a better relationship with India. After Pakistan has achieved a stronger economy, infrastructure, and position in the world, it could revisit the Jammu and Kashmir issue and seek a resolution of this matter favorable to Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.