is one of the eight districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
. Poonch district borders Indian-administered Kashmir
that comes under the Kashmir section
which is part of the greater dispute between India and Pakistan.
The capital of the district is Rawalakot
with the Awans
tribes being the dominant groups in the district. This region has produced numerous business, political and military leaders.
From the end of seventeenth century up to 1837 CE, Poonch was ruled by the Muslim Rajas
of Loran in Tehsil Haveli. It then fell into the hands of Raja Faiztalab Khan of Rajuri to whom it was handed over by the Punjab Government. Poonch was included in the transfer of the hilly country to Maharaja Gulab Singh
in 1848. Before this transfer, Poonch was considered a district of Lahore
. Maharaja Gulab Singh granted Chibal, Poonch and other areas to Jawaharr Singh and Moiti Singh. The Raja of Poonch had to present to the Maharaja of, what is now known as Jammu and Kashmir
, one horse with gold trappings. The Raja of Poonch was not to effect any administrative changes in the territory of Poonch without previous consultation with the Maharaja of Kashmir
Separation of Poonch
After independence in 1947, Pakistan and India fought a war over Kashmir
. As a result of the war, Poonch was split between the two nations. Prior to the division of Poonch, the only high school in the district was in the city of Poonch
; this city now forms... Read More