District Poonch,popularly known as mini Kashmir, is the smallest in area and the remotest district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is bounded by the Actual Line of Control (ALC) from three sides. Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... Jammu and Kashmir, (often abbreviated as Kashmir), is the northern-most state of Republic of India, lying mostly in the Himalayan mountains. ...
The failure of the armed struggle to put down solid roots in the Muslim-dominated border areas of Poonch and Rajouri, as opposed to its influence in the Valley and Doda, reveals a very important fact: the core base of the movement for azaadi (freedom) in Jammu and Kashmir is ethnolinguistic rather than pan-Muslim.
While Rajouri and Poonch are both Muslim-majority districts, the towns of Rajouri and Poonch--which serve as the districts' centres of administration, trade and commerce, and education--both have a majority of Hindu and Sikh residents.
During the fighting between Indian and Pakistani forces in Poonch and Rajouri in 1947-8, Aslam's father, Chaudhary Ghulam Hussein, had sided with Pakistan and had migrated to the Pakistani side of the cease-fire line that came into existence in January 1949 and was renamed the LOC by Indo-Pakistani agreement in 1972.
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