Kashmir belongs to Pakistan and China, according to Twitter

Published: February 16, 2016
Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir PHOTO: Mazhar Nazir

Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir PHOTO: Mazhar Nazir

Traditional rivals Pakistan and India have shared icy relations and fought wars over Kashmir ever since gaining independence, but it seems that Twitter didn’t get the memo.

In fact, Twitter thinks Jammu and Kashmir is in China. When you tag your location as Jammu and Kashmir while tweeting, Twitter shows the area as falling under the People’s Republic of China.

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However, Twitter did get one thing right. It placed Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan.

This isn’t the first time an issue like this has cropped up. Last year, Punjab government in Pakistan directed all eighth grade geography books containing incorrect maps of Pakistan to be taken off shelves. The maps mentioned Hazara and Seraikistan as provinces and referred to Indian-held Kashmir as a disputed territory.

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Further, Indian government took Al Jazeera news channel off air last year for five days after officials insisted it had repeatedly shown wrong maps of disputed Kashmir.

An official had said at the time that the order was made as the maps showed parts of the Himalayan Kashmir region in arch rival Pakistan and China, an extremely sensitive issue in India.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • SleepingIndia
    Feb 16, 2016 - 4:02PM

    I think twitter is just being proactive. Going by the chants of azadi reverberating from dilli to Bengal to Hyderabad Deccan, it’s only a matter of time. India has lost the battle of narrative within itself due to the jokers at the helmRecommend

  • Hamdani
    Feb 16, 2016 - 5:22PM

    Now where are the Pakistani liberals, they must be fuming and will start a country wide mass tweet protest asking for Kashmir to be shown in India.

    Kashmir Banega Pakistan!!!Recommend

  • Syedpk (a liberal)
    Feb 16, 2016 - 7:31PM

    @ Hamdani
    You sir are delusional.Recommend

  • Dan
    Feb 16, 2016 - 8:06PM

    Indians call Azad Kashmir “POK” and their occupied Kashmir as “Indian Kashmir”. Where is all the unrest though? Has anyone ever heard of Azad Kashmiris hoisting Indian flags, or demanding any form of separation at all? Nope. Muzaffarabad, Gilgit, Skardu, wherever you go, Azad Kashmir happens to be much more peaceful, developed, and happy than Indian Occupied Kashmir. In IOK, protests, extrajudicial lynchings, hoisting of the Pakistani flag… its all a norm. People are not happy there. And that pretty much symbolises what the Kashmiris really want. Separation and Freedom from India. Recommend

  • Liberal
    Feb 16, 2016 - 9:07PM

    how do liberals have anything to do with this ?Recommend

  • HZR
    Feb 16, 2016 - 10:01PM

    There are so many places China/Pakistan claims like South China se including Cambial.Philippines.Vietnam..etc.that is ok , they can twitter along if not chirrup..does it make any difference or will it change geography?Recommend

  • whatever
    Feb 17, 2016 - 1:05AM

    by naming your dog as Tiger doesn’t make him a tiger. there is no aazadi in AJK. they do the pseudo elections and choose PM and president to make Pakistani people fool thats AJK is aazad while world laugh at them.Recommend

  • Menon
    Feb 17, 2016 - 6:46PM

    Ok, some embicile posted twitter and hopless Pakistanis are making a big deal of it.

    Now, it is tome for you to get out of PoK.Recommend

  • Sid
    Feb 21, 2016 - 12:48AM

    @Pakitanis. Stay happy by mistakes of twitter, el-jezirra, google, and whatever gives u sweet dreams…..in ground, Kashmir will remain with India.Recommend

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