Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Azad Jammu & Kashmir & Balawaristan - State Flag and Government Sign

Some of my readers in their response to my previous post "The State Emblem of Pakistan and the need for change" emailed me to tell them more about the AJK and Balawaristan State & Government Signs (if any). Though i have limited knowledge about them but let me post whatever i know.

AJK Flag 

The official flag the State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir was adopted on 24th September 1975. The flag was adopted by the passing of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir State Flag Ordinance, 1975 by the then president, Sardar Mohammad Ibrahim Khan.

Symbolically the flag represents following aspects of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

    * Three Fourths green background represents 75% Muslim population of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
    * One-Fourth Orange (Golden) color represents 25% minorities of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
    * The Green stripes represent the Valley of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
    * The White stripes represent the snow-covered mountains of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
    * The Crescent is the usual semblance of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Government of AJK Sign

The AJK Government uses this sign for official correspondences. This is shown in silver thread, whereas the President of Azad Jammu & Kasmir has an identical banner, but of GOLD thread. This flag carries the state/province emblems. Here the obvious crescent and star, mountains, and the maple leaf, which is reflective of the abundance of this tree within the state.

Balwaristan Area

The above outlined area is also known as BALAWARISTAN which has recently got autonomy and general elections were held for the assembly.

Balawaristan Government Sign

As per my information, Balawaristan doesn't have any official government sign at the moment. Mostly people refer the following as the state flag which is actually the flag of Balawaristan National Front.

 Hopefully, the newly elected government would decide their symbol in coming days.


NAD said... @ November 19, 2009 at 2:12 AM



Kashmiries Campaign Against Pakistan's Defacto Annexation of Gilgit Baltistan (POGB)
To ,
The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardai
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Sayed Yousaf Raza Gilini
Mr.Tariq Soomro Council General of Pakistan Bradford UK.
On the basis of under mentioned credible historical facts, the JAMMU KASHMIR NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE ALLIANCE UK (JKNIA UK) out rightly rejects Pakistani unconstitutional and colonial like aggression in Gilgit Baltistan via Empowerment and Self-Governance Order, 2009 and the recent fixed and rigged elections on 12th November 2009 in Pakistani Occupied Gilgit Baltistan POGB.
It is a historically established and recognised fact that Gilgit and Baltistan are an Integral Part of Princely State of Jammu Kashmir.
As per the credibility of 12th November 2009 elections in Gilgit Baltistan, the Pakistani opposition leader Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and government allied parties have challenged it in public and called the elections as fraud elections. While speaking on a point of order he said:
“the PPP had won but Pakistan and democracy had been defeated in Gilgit-Baltistan polls”
Government indulged in massive rigging in the elections, Government had made mockery of charter of democracy and people of Gilgit and Baltistan, he added. Baitul Mal was misused mercilessly during the polls, he charged. It is hypocrisy of Pakistani ruling elite.
In 21st century De facto Pakistani Province Gilgit Baltistan Empowerment and Self-governance, 2009 Act is passed over the dead body of right of self determination of Jammu Kashmir.
We demonstrate our serious reservations on imposed set up of Self-Governance Order, 2009 due to the following reasons:
Acting Governor of GB is a MNA from Punjab;The PCO election commissioner are not complied with the State Subject Definition Notification 20th April, 1927;Bogus voter lists are used to manipulate the elction. The leadership of Gigit Baltistan Democratic Alliance (GBDA), the only local political group decided to participate in elections were not allowed to do so;
They were deported from Gilgit on 1st November 2009 on Government order Dozens of GBDA workers including candidates were arrested and sent behind the bars; Subsequently the GBDA was left with no option but to boycott the elections on 12th November 09.
In addition to the above mentioned malpractices, there exists a range of historical, legal and constitutional documents that have been clearly violated in OGB.
Defacto fifth province of Gilgit Baltistan is against the Article-257 Constitution of 1973 Islamic Republic of Pakistan and not acceptable for Kashmiri Diaspora. According to the Article-257 of the constitution
“When the people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir decide to accede to Pakistan, the relationship between Pakistan and that State shall be determined in accordance with the wishes of the people of that State.”
The steps Govt. of Pakistan has taken in GB as De facto fifth province of Pakistan
are claimed to be proposed under Article 2(f) described territory of Pakistan but without the mandatory approval of Pakistani Parliament (Assembly and Senate) with two third majority.
JKNIA UK says no to the fraud elections on 12th November 2009 in POGB and strongly oppose to the moves towards making OGB the fifth De facto Pakistani province and we are committed to take our struggle in our own hands for an Independent, Secular and Unified state of Jammu Kashmir with the wishes, aspirations and free will of its state subjects. We believe that such resolution of Kashmir question guarantees the regional peace and security in South Asia.

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