Bhopal, March 7: In what can trigger a major political controversy, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK was mentioned as "Azad Kashmir" in a question paper for class 10 in Madhya Pradesh. The question paper was set by the Madhya Pradesh board for social science subject. A picture of the question paper showed the term "Azad Kashmir" was used in "Match the pair" section. PoK Referred to as 'Azad Kashmir' in J&K Government's Recruitment Exam Paper.

"The Board has suspended two persons who set & moderated the Class 10 question paper in which Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has been called Azad Kashmir," Saleena Singh, Chairperson Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, told news agency ANI. The term "Azad Kashmir" is often used by Pakistan to regard part of Kashmir under its occupation. India, however, calls the region Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

International organisations and media mention Jammu and Kashmir as "Indian administrated Kashmir" and PoK as "Pakistan-occupied Kashmir". On several occasions, New Delhi has reiterated that entire Jammu and Kashmir, including PoK, is an integral part of India. In the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, 24 assembly seats were reserved for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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