Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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.

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 {Mirpur} and ethnic Kashmiri Muslims. About 4 million people live there.

Azad Kashmir is a self-governing state (colony) under Pakistani control but is not constitutionally part of Pakistan. It has its own elected president, prime minister, legislature, high court, and official flag. However, the highest body in the state is the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council which comprises 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.

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