Were there any territories in British India in 1947 that would have preferred to become independent states as opposed to a part of India or Pakistan?

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Kashmiris have had enough, they deserve to be united and to be independent.
Who actually prevented this, though? After all, Pakistan could have avoided invading Kashmir in 1947, no? Even if you're going to claim that it wasn't actually Pakistan but rather Kashmiri militias, one could still point out the fact that they were aiming to undermine Kashmir's independence and get Kashmir to join Pakistan.

Also, as a side note, no one is actually stopping Pakistan from giving independence to its own part of Kashmir right now. Pakistan still hasn't done this. Heck, unlike India, Pakistan hasn't even given its Kashmiri population representation in its own parliament! :(
 
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Who actually prevented this, though? After all, Pakistan could have avoided invading Kashmir in 1947, no? Even if you're going to claim that it wasn't actually Pakistan but rather Kashmiri militias, one could still point out the fact that they were aiming to undermine Kashmir's independence and get Kashmir to join Pakistan.

Also, as a side note, no one is actually stopping Pakistan from giving independence to its own part of Kashmir right now. Pakistan still hasn't done this. Heck, unlike India, Pakistan hasn't even given its Kashmiri population representation in its own parliament! :(
Pakistan didn't have problems with an independent Kashmir, India did:

11 July 1947: Muhammad Ali Jinnah declared that if Kashmir opted for independence, Pakistan would have friendly relations with it. Liaquat Ali Khan endorsed this position.[34]
source: Timeline of the Kashmir conflict - Wikipedia
 

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11 July 1947: Muhammad Ali Jinnah declared that if Kashmir opted for independence, Pakistan would have friendly relations with it. Liaquat Ali Khan endorsed this position.[34]
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Pakistan didn't have problems with an independent Kashmir, India did.[/QUOTE]
So, why did tribesmen invade Kashmir from Pakistan?

Also, why didn't Pakistan withdraw its troops from Kashmir so that India could hold a plebiscite there in 1949?
 
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Why not actually wait under Indian troops moved into Kashmir, though? I mean, India itself waited for Pakistani troops to move into Kashmir and for the ruler of Kashmir to agree to a union with India before it actually sent its own troops to Kashmir.
 

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Why not actually wait under Indian troops moved into Kashmir, though? I mean, India itself waited for Pakistani troops to move into Kashmir and for the ruler of Kashmir to agree to a union with India before it actually sent its own troops to Kashmir.
India was trying to annex Kashmir, not by force, but by palace intrigue. Pakistanis were fools really, in trying to prevent India from annexing, they actually handed Kashmir on a platter to them.
 

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I still think that it would have been best for Pakistan to only move into Kashmir if/after it would have indeed become clear that Kashmir's ruler was planning to join India.
 

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I still think that it would have been best for Pakistan to only move into Kashmir if/after it would have indeed become clear that Kashmir's ruler was planning to join India.
It was pretty clear even before the invasion. The only way Pakistan could have annexed Kashmir was by sending in regular troops, instead if tribesmen, and by officially claiming Kashmir before the king can accede.
 

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The Kashmiri king wanted independence, his original PM wanted independence, Kashmiri people including many Muslims wanted independence, even Jinnah was ready to accept their independence.

It was India that spoiled it all.
 

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Where exactly is the evidence that he was about to succumb to Indian pressure to join India (assuming, of course, that this pressure actually existed and was that strong)?
 
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