POJK is infinitely better than POK

The areas of Jammu and Kashmir which are in illegal possession of Pakistan were earlier called POK, or Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. After Narendra Modi assumed charge as Prime Minister of India, on May 26, 2014, one of the first things his government did was to change the name POK to POJK (Pakistan Occupied Jammu Kashmir).

That this name change effected in June 2014 by the new government was deemed so important is significant. The government made the move to change POK to POJK in less than one week after assuming charge. What is in a name, a rose by any other name will smell just as sweet is a phrase we often speak about.

In diplomacy, and international relations, correct name matters a lot. What is in a name? A lot. It is just not correct to say that there is not much in a name. Hence, it is important that correct name or terminology is used. More so when an issue as important as the illegal possession of Jammu & Kashmir is to be discussed. Before the name change was effected, wrong terminology was being used all these years, from 1947 to 2014.

The parts in illegal possession of Pakistan does not comprise some parts of Kashmir Valley alone, which lies north of Pir Panjals. There are areas of the Jammu region, lying south of Pir Panjal mountains, which also are in illegal possession. The earlier name, or nomenclature used, gave an impression that ethnic Kashmiris alone had a stake in the issue. This was totally erroneous and this wrong nomenclature had been allowed to gain currency by successive Indian governments.

A historic wrong, a wrong name, has been set right by changing the name of what was called earlier as POK, as POJK now.

Incidentally, Pakistan has in its illegal possession areas like parts of Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad etc. These areas were and do not constitute Kashmir. They are geographically south of Pir Panjal mountains, and lie in the geographical region of Jammu.
This name change from an erroneous POK to POJK projects a more holistic approach of the government.
Incidentally, the name POJK is also in sync with the correct official name of the state, Jammu & Kashmir. The name of the state is not Kashmir as has gained currency by repeated wrong and persistent usage.

The official name of the state is, after all, Jammu and Kashmir, not Kashmir. Why continue with a historic wrong or blunder? That it has been corrected is to be welcomed

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