Azad Jammu and Kashmir abbreviated as AJK or Azad Kashmir, is a self-governing autonomous state in Pakistan which lies west of Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir. It was part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to exist as a result of the first Kashmir war in 1947, fought between India and Pakistan.

It shares a border with Gilgit–Baltistan, together with which it is referred to, by the United Nations and other international organizations, as "Pakistani-controlled Kashmir" and as "Pakistan-occupied Jammu Kashmir" in India. Azad Jammu and Kashmir borders the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir to the east, Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province to the west and Pakistan's Punjab Province to the south. With its capital at Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir covers an area of 13,297 square kilometres and has an estimated population of about four million.

The centre of one of the worlds largest disputes, Azad Kashmir has a parliamentary form of Government. The president is the constitutional head of the state, while the prime minister, supported by a Council of Ministers, is the chief executive.

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