J&K exam refers to POK as Azad Kashmir in paper, inquiry ordered
NEW DELHI. A question on the Jammu & Kashmir services selection board’s exam referred to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as “Azad Kashmir”, said reports.
The chairman of the board, Simrandeep Singh, nullified the question after outrage on social media and ordered an inquiry into the matter, reported ANI.
“I was told a question had come in Patwari exam where the term ‘Azad Kashmir’ was used. Subject expert of geography has been asked to submit a report on same. We’ve asked him why he shouldn’t be penalized,” said Singh.
‘Azad Kashmir’ is a term coined by Pakistan to address that part of Kashmir which is under its illegal occupation. It is used by propaganda machinery in Islamabad to justify its military presence and inhabitation over the northern parts of the valley.