Lead: For generations the world has watched with deep concern as the territory of Kashmir has been disputed, a prize between two contending and nuclear-armed nations, India and Pakistan.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In January 1949, Kashmir, which lies to the north of both India and Pakistan, was divided by the United Nations. Both India and Pakistan believe they have legitimate claim to the region. Pakistan, a largely Muslim country, considers Kashmir, also majority Muslim, a natural extension. They also believe if a plebiscite (or referendum) were held on the matter as directed by the United Nations, the predominantly Muslim Kashmir would choose to join Pakistan. The government of Pakistan does not recognize that Kashmir ever legally belonged to India.

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