About The Book
Seventy years ago, as India and Pakistan gained their independence, theregion of Jammu and Kashmir also found itself partitioned, with Gilgit Baltistanand Azad Kashmir administered by Pakistan ever since. Located by thevolatile Line of Control and caught in the middle of artillery barrages from bothends, Azad Kashmir was until over a decade ago one of the most closed-offterritories of the world. In a first book of its kind, award-winning Pakistani writerAnam Zakaria travels through the region to hear the people of Azad Kashmir -their sufferings, hopes and aspirations. She talks to women and children livingnear the Line of Control; journalists and writers braving all odds to documentevents in remote areas; former militants still committed to the cause;nationalists struggling for a united independent Kashmir; and refugeesyearning to reunite with their families. In the process, Zakaria breaks thesilence surrounding a people who are often ignored in discussions on thepresent and future of J&K even though they are important stakeholders in what happensin the region.
About The Author
AnamZakaria is a researcher,developmentprofessionalandeducationist with a special interestin oral histories and identity politics.She has a particular interest intraumaandhealinginconflictzones.Herfirstbook,TheFootprints of Partition: Narratives ofFour Generations of Pakistanis andIndians,wontheKLF-GermanPeace Prize 2017.