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Kotli
Mirpur
Bagh
Muzaffarabad
Poonch
Total Area 13,296 Sq Km
Location 73.75 longitude 33.36 latitude. North-East of Pakistan.
Population 2.8m
Official Language Urdu
Local Languages Kashmiri, Pahari, Gojri, Hindko, Kohastani
Topography Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Bagh and Kotli districts lie in mountanous zones whilst Mirpur district lies generally in the foot-hills
Climate Sub-tropical highland type
Average Rainfall 150cm
Elevation from sea-level Range from South - 350m, range from North - 6325m
Snowline In winter - 1200m, in Summer - 3300m
Main rivers Neelum, Jhelum, Poonch
Handicrafts Carpet, Namda Gubba, patto, Silk & Wollen clothes, Wollen shawls, Wood Carving, Papie Mashie
Products Mushroom Honey, Walnut, Apple, Cherry, Medicinal Herbs & Plants, Resin, Deodar, Kail, Chir, Fir, Maple and Ash Timber.
Wildlife Neelum ValleySnow Leopard, Hunting Leopard, Brown Bear, Black Bear, Iblex, Grey Goral, Musk Deer, Kashmir Stag, Himalyan, Monal, Pheasant, Western Tragopan, Snow Pheasant, Partridge, Peacock, Eagle, Dusk Markhor
Fish Snow Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Gulfam, Masheer and Rahou
Administrative

Setup

Divisions:
  • Muzaffarabad
  • Mirpur

Districts:

District

Sub-Division/Tehsils

Muzaffarabad Muzaffarabad, Hattian, Athmuqam
Bagh Bagh, Dheerkot, Havaily
Poonch Rawalakot, Trarkhal, Balouch
Kotli Kotli, Nakyyal, Sehnsa
Mirpur Mirpur, Dudial, Bhimber, Samahni
Area

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Population

Area (Sq. Km) Pop. (million)
Muzaffarabad 6117 0.660
Bagh 1368 0.443
Poonch & Sudhnoti 1424 0.575
Kotli 1862 0.516
Mirpur & Bhimber 2526 0.606
Total Area 13297 2.800

[Map of AJK]

History:

When, in 1947 the British granted independence to India, the people had already revolted against their Dogra ruler of the state. He was defeated by the KashDamas town in the Chrohi Valleymir Liberation Army on 24th October 1947 and a provisional government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (Free Kashmir) was established. Subsequently, the Indian army moved in to occupy 2/3 of the state which has been under Indian occupation since. The remainder of the state still exists as Azad Jammu & Kashmir.


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