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ABOUT KASHMIR

 

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Urdu: آزاد جموں و کشمیر ‎ Azad Jammu o Kashmir) abbreviated as AJK or Azad Kashmir ("free Kashmir"), is an administrative territory of Pakistan. The territory lies west of the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, and was previously part of the former princely stateof Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to exist as a result of the first Kashmir war fought between India and Pakistan in 1947.
Azad Kashmir is part of the greater Kashmir region, which is the subject of a long-running conflict between India and Pakistan. The territory shares a border with Gilgit–Baltistan, together with which it is referred to by the United Nations and other international organizations as "Pakistan-administered Kashmir". The territory also borders Pakistan's Punjabprovince to the south and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to the west. To the east, Azad Kashmir is separated from the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir by the Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan. Azad Kashmir has a total area of 13,297 square kilometres (5,134 sq mi), with an estimated population of around 4.6 million people.
The territory has a parliamentary form of government, with its capital located at  Muzaffarabad. The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is the constitutional head of the state, while the prime minister, supported by a Council of Ministers, is the chief executive. The unicameral Azad Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly elects both the prime minister and president. The state has its own Supreme Court and a High Court, while the Government of Pakistan's Ministry of Kashmir Affairs serves as a link between it and Azad Kashmir's government.
Azad Jammu & Kashmir is very rich in natural beauty. Its snow-covered peaks, dense forests, winding rivers, turbulent foaming streams, Wheat-scented valleys, velvet green plateaus and climate varying from arctic to tropical, all join together to make it an excellent tourist attraction. Valleys like Neelum, Jhelum, Leepa, Rawalakot, Banjosa, Samahni & Baghser unfold delightfull scenic beauty and provide a feast of pleasure to a discerning tourist’s eyes.
Azad Kashmir is also blessed with a varied mountainous landscape ranging from low hills to high mountains (2000 to 6000 meters) most suitable for soft to medium adventure tourism. The area provides excellent opportunities for rock climbing, trekking, mountaineering, summer camping and hikes. Moreover, blessed with large number of river & streams, Azad Kashmir offers great potential for white water sports, especially rafting, canoeing and kayaking.

FACTS FOR THE VISITORS:
Tourist! Visitors from all parts of the State & Pakistan can visit Azad Jammu & Kashmir without any restriction. However, they are advised to keep their identity with them. Foreign tourists can visit Azad Kashmir except the areas situated within 16 kilometers along the Line of Control (LoC). Before planning their visit foreigners should contact AJK Home Department at Muzaffarabad for issuance of NOC before visiting Azad Kashmir.

 

 

AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR AT A GLANCE


Total Area:

13297 Sq. Kms (5134 Sq. Miles)

District:

Area (Sq. kms)

%to total area

Density in 2006 (person/Sq.kms)

Growth
Rate

Neelum:

3621

27%

42

2.80%

Muzaffarabad:

2496

19%

307

2.08%

Bagh:

1368

10%

336

2.00%

Poonch:

855

6%

573

2.24%

Sudhanoti:

569

4%

460

1.99%

Kotli:

1862

14%

370

2.59%

Mirpur:

1010

8%

391

2.09%

Bhimber:

1516

12%

244

2.60%


Total Population: 
(Projected on the basis of 1998 Census)
Source: Population Census Organization- Islamabad.
Total: 3.600 Million
Neelum: 0.159 Million
Muzaffarabad: 0.770 Million
Bagh: 0.460 Million
Poonch: 0.490 Million 
Sudhanoti: 0.262 Million
Kotli: 0.690 Million
Mirpur: 0.395 Million
Bhimber: 0.370 Million