In 1948, Azad Jammu & Kashmir was declared by the people of this area to be an independent territory and a Government representing the people of the whole of the State of Jammu & Kashmir was formed.

Since then it is functioning and is being managed by the representatives of the State of Jammu & Kashmir on democratic principles. The librated territory presently consists of three Administrative Divisions as under:

Mirpur Division                          Comprising of District Mirpur, Bhimber & District Kotli
Poonch Division                        Comprising of District Poonch, Bagh, Kahuta & Sadnohti
Muzaffarabd Division                Comprising of District Muzaffarabad,  Hattian & Neelum

STATUS OF AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR

No. PS/2291-2316/2005                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dated: 29th August 2005

I am directed to endorse herewith a D.O. letter No. 8/9/70-Coord. 1, Dated May 11, 1971 of Cabinet Division, Government of Pakistan for your information and perusal please.

(Muhammad Akram Sohail)
Secretary to Prime Minister
Azad Jammu & Kashmir

CABINET DIVISION

Government of Pakistan

D.O.No.8/9/70-Coord.1                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rawalpindi May 11, 1971.

My dear Secretary,

I invite your attention to the Cabinet Division Office Memorandum No.8/9/70 (Coord.1) dated the 24th June, 1970 in which the following instructions pertaining to the Affairs of Azad Kashmir where conveyed for observance by all Ministries and Departments of the Central Government.

  1. “Although Azad Kashmir is not a part of Pakistan within the meaning of Article 1 (2) (b) of the Constitution, it should for all practical be treated like any other Province………”
  2. “Azad Kashmir should be brought into the main stream of the general administration (of the country). For this purpose the leaders and officials of that Government should be invited at appropriate level to attend inter-ministerial meetings in which the problems of that area are coming up for discussion.”
  3. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  4. “The Ministers and senior officials of the Central Government particularly those belonging to the Ministries of Finance, Agricultural, Education, Health, Commerce and Industries should visit the Azad Kashmir territories at suitable intervals with a view to acquainting themselves with its problems on the spot, and for having personal discussions with the President and other officials of that Government.”   

2.         While considering the reports of the reorganization committee and of the Special Team on the programs and priorities of the Fourth 5 years Plan, for Azad Kashmir, the President, in the weekly meeting of 28th April 1971 was pleased to observe once again that the problems of the administration and development of Azad Kashmir should no longer be looked upon as the exclusive concern of Kashmir Affairs Division and every Ministry in the field of its --- special responsibility should look upon and deal with Azad Kashmir as if it were another administrative unit of the country. A formal decision was also taken to the effect that while the Kashmir Affairs Division would continue to deal with the political problems of Azad Kashmir and matters relating to the settlement of the Kashmir dispute for all purposes the Central Ministries should exercise the same powers and play the same role in regard to the Affairs of Azad Kashmir as they were doing in their respective fields in relation to other administrative units of the country, (Kashmir Affairs Division of course retaining the overall role of coordinators assigned to it under the Rules of Business).

It was particularly stressed that there should be more frequent consultations with Azad Kashmir Government policy matters in the filed of development and more frequent visit to Azad Kashmir by senior officers of the Central Government. All with a view, to mounting, without in any way interfering with the day to day administration of Azad Kashmir which was recognized as the role concern of the Azad Kashmir Government itself, a concerted attack on its development problems and to bring about a speedy improvement in the economic conditions of its people.

3.         I am to bring these instructions and decisions once again to your notice for guidance and necessary action.
            Sd-
(Ghulam Ishaq Khan)
HQA, S.PK.GSP
Cabinet Secretary

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