آزاد جموں و کشمیر
|State of Pakistan|
|Azād Jāmmu o Kāshmir|
|Established||1 July 1970|
|• Type||Autonomous disputed territory of Pakistan|
|• Body||Legislative Assembly|
|• Prime Minister|||
|• Total||13,297 km2 (5,134 sq mi)|
|Population (2008; est.)|
|• Density||343.535/km2 (889.75/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PKT (UTC+5)|
|ISO 3166 code||PK-AK|
The State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, (Urdu: آزاد جممو اور کشمیر پاکستان) also called Azad Kashmir is part of the greater disputed region of Kashmir. It is under Pakistani administration, but is claimed by the government and the Republic of India as part of its state of Jammu and Kashmir, that is disputed by Islamabad. Together with Gilgit Baltistan it makes up Pakistan-administered Kashmir. In terms of land area it is bigger than Trinidad and Tobago but smaller than Brunei.
Gilgit Baltistan is to the north, the Pakistani claim of the disputed and occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir is to the east. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is west of it, and the Pakistani province of Punjab is south of it.
The capital city of Azad Kashmir is Muzaffarabad. Azad Jammu and Kashmir has an area of 5,134 mi² (13,297 km²). The inhabitants of this region are Kashmiri citizens of ethnic Punjabi origin and ethnic Kashmiri Muslims. About 4 million people live there.
Government and politics[change | edit source]
Azad Kashmir is a self-governing state under Pakistani control, but is not constitutionally part of Pakistan. It has its own elected president, prime minister, legislature, high court, emblem and official flag. However, the highest body in the state is the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council. This council has six members from the government of Azad Kashmir (including the President and the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir) and five members from the government of Pakistan, including the President of Pakistan who is the chairman/chief executive of the council. Azad Kashmir is administratively divided into three divisions which, in turn, are divided into ten districts.
Divisions[change | edit source]
The state is divided into three divisions. The divisions are further divided into districts. There are 10 districts.
|Division||District||Area (km²)||Population (1998)||Headquarters|
|Haveli||600 (est.)||150,000 (est.)||Forward Kahuta|
|AJK Total||10 districts||13,297||2,972,501||Muzaffarabad|
Geography[change | edit source]
The northern part of Azad Jammu and Kashmir encompasses the lower area of the Himalayas, including Jamgarh Peak (4,734 m or 15,531 ft). However, Hari Parbat peak in Neelum Valley is the highest peak in the state. Fertile, green, mountainous valleys are characteristic of Azad Kashmir's geography, making it one of the most beautiful regions of the subcontinent.
The region receives rainfall in both the winter and the summer. Muzaffarabad and Pattan are among the wettest areas of Pakistan. Throughout most of the region, the average rainfall exceeds 1400 mm, with the highest average rainfall occurring near Muzaffarabad (around 1800 mm). During the summer season, monsoon floods of the rivers Jhelum and Leepa are common due to extreme rains and snow melting.
References[change | edit source]
- "Pir Karam Ali Shah appointed GB Governor". The News. 2011-01-26. http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10133. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
- "Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan's Premier NEWS Agency ) - Public service policy to be pursued in Azad Kashmir: PM". Ftp.app.com.pk. http://ftp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=92218&Itemid=1. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
- Legislative Assembly will have directly elected 24 members, besides six women and three technocrats. "Azad Kashmir: New Pakistani Package or Governor Rule" 3 September 2009, The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)
- "Azad Kashmir" at britannica.com
- "Administrative Setup.". ajk.gov.pk. Archived from the original on April 09 2010. http://www.ajk.gov.pk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=8. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- Official website, Government of Azad Kashmir. "Facts and Figures". Archived from the original on January 7, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080107092119/http://www.ajk.gov.pk/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2256&Itemid=144. Retrieved 2006-04-19.
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