Pro-Pakistan sentiment

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Pro-Pakistan sentiment is fondness and love of aspects of Pakistani culture, Pakistani history, Pakistani cuisine, Pakistani traditions and the people of Pakistan. The Pakistani diaspora has contributed to the country's exposure throughout Europe and the West.[citation needed]

The like or interest of Pakistan is the opposite of Pakophobia,[1] Pakistanophobia[2] or Anti-Pakistan sentiment, which is the fear and dislike of things concerning Pakistan.

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Pro-Pakistan sentiment in Kashmir is present among kashmiri muslims and Hurriyat Kashmiri people who are opposed to Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir.[3] According to Robert Wirsing, among the Kashmiri Muslims who reject Indian rule, there are those who favour a complete union with Pakistan over independence.[4] Pro-Pakistan sentiment in Kashmir is regarded to be present among Kashmiris due to cultural and religious connections, as well as Kashmiri bitterness over state oppression by local authorities.[5] The sentiment was further augmented by government of India's refusal to let Muslim United Front, participate in elections in 1987.[6] Pro-Pakistan sentiment is also found notably among Kashmiri leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference concerning the legal status of the Vale of Kashmir, and other Kashmiris who favour a union with Pakistan.[7] In a statement to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Sumantra Bose remarked that a large segment of the population of the Poonch district, India, which is in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, have pro-Pakistan sentiments.[8]

The Pakistan national cricket team enjoys large fan following in Jammu and Kashmir. During the 2011 ICC World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and India, a Times of India article observed that Srinagar was "shut down" for the clash, children missed their school and that instead of India, Kashmiri cricket fans showed their support for the Pakistani team.[9] This support was observed across all castes and classes. India's fall of wickets was cheered with firecrackers. While during Pakistan's run chase, every run was applauded.[9]

The slogan, Pakistan Zindabad, has been used by Kashmiris, who support Kashmir's accession to Pakistan, in the Indian-administered Kashmir.[10][11] Supporters are also detained by local police for raising such slogans.[12] On 13 October 1983, during a limited over cricket match between West Indies and India at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar, the crowd cheered India's defeat with Pakistan Zindabad cries.[13] On Accession Day in 2015, thousands of protestors in Srinagar staged pro-Pakistan demonstrations, and unfurled Pakistani flags.[14]

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  1. ^ K. K. Kaul (1952–1966). U.S.A. and the Hindustan Peninsula. even though it was easy to fan Pakophobia under the circumstances.43 The Prime Minister of Pakistan, on the other hand, asserted that Nehru was not afraid of aggression from Pakistan, but was protesting against US aid for fear of..
  2. ^ "'Pakistanophobia' Grips France". August 22, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  3. ^ Geelani, Gowhar (5 February 2016). "Is pro-Pakistan sentiment in Kashmir still alive?". Dawn. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  4. ^ Wirsing, Robert (1998). India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute: On Regional Conflict and Its Resolution. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 231. ISBN 9780312175627.
  5. ^ Information Division, Embassy of Pakistan (1964). Pakistan Affairs. pp. 17–21. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Ira M. Lapidus (26 August 2002). A History of Islamic Societies (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 649. ISBN 978-0521779333.
  7. ^ Blum, Gabriella (2007). Islands of agreement: managing enduring armed rivalries. Harvard University Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-674-02446-5.
  8. ^ Bose, Sumantra (2007). Fourth report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, session 2006-07: South Asia, response of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cm. 7142. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-10-171422-8.
  9. ^ a b "Faultline in Kashmir makes people root for Afridi and vote in polls". Times of India. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  10. ^ (Greater Service) (2012-05-29). "Please read the report is all I can say Lastupdate:- Tue, 29 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT". Retrieved 2012-06-06.
  11. ^ Jagmohan (January 2006). My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir. Allied Publisher. p. 2. ISBN 978-8177642858. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  12. ^ Kashmir Under Siege. Human Rights Watch. 31 December 1991. p. 119. ISBN 978-0300056143. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  13. ^ K.R. Wadhwaney (1 December 2005). Indian Cricket Controversies. Ajanta Books International. p. 332. ISBN 978-8128801136. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Accession day: Pakistani flags unfurled during anti-India demonstrations in Kashmir". Express Tribune. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.