A question on the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board’s exam referred to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as “Azad Kashmir”. Following outrage on social media, the chairman of the board, Simrandeep Singh, has nullified the question and ordered an inquiry on the same. Pakistan refers to the part of Kashmir which is under its illegal occupation, as ‘Azad Kashmir’.
The question read, “Jammu and Kashmir has an international border with China in the north and east, and the Line of Control separates it from the Pakistan-controlled territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in:
a) north and north-east respectively
b) south and south-east respectively
c) east and north-east respectively
d) west and north-west respectively”
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 report. We’ve asked him why he shouldn’t be penalized. Question has been nullified: Simrandeep Singh, Chairman Services Selection Board J&K pic.twitter.com/kTyWc05gOR
— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2018
Singh has said that the ‘expert’ who framed the question has been blacklisted. The question has since been nullified.