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Areas under PoK now part of India Meteorological Department’s weather forecast

The IMD's Regional Meteorological Centre has been including Muzaffarabad and Gilgit-Baltistan in its forecast since 5 May.

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New Delhi: The IMD’s Regional Meteorological Centre has started including cities under Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir in its forecasts, a departure from its earlier format, officials said on Thursday.

The IMD has started including Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, which are parts of PoK, under the Jammu and Kashmir meteorological sub-division since May 5, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the Regional Meteorological Department that gives forecast for the northwest meteorological division of the IMD.

IMD Director General M Mohapatra said they have been mentioning areas under PoK under its daily weather bulletin ever since the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir in the two union territories August last year.

However, officials said it’s now being mentioned explicitly under the Jammu and Kashmir subdivision.

These cities of PoK have now found a place in the overall forecast of the northwest division.

The northwest division consists of nine sub-divisions Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi-Chandigarh-Haryana, Punjab, east Uttar Pradesh, west Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan and west Rajasthan.

The development assumes significance as New Delhi has been of a position that the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir belongs to India.

The inclusion of Muzaffarabad and Gilgit-Baltistan in the forecast comes amid Pakistan’s Supreme Court allowing elections in Gilgit-Baltistan this week. India had strongly reacted to the development.

Sources added that internally, it was pointed out that since IMD has been mentioning these cities under the PoK in its daily national weather bulletin and also the local bulletins, they should also find a place in the forecasts of the RMC.

Mohapatra said that the IMD, being the World Meteorological Department nominated Regional Meteorological Centre, provides severe weather warnings to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan detailing forecasts for the next five days.

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  1. Indians are pathetic. What a childish thing to. They Cant do anything else so we will just include it in our weather report. Why stop there? Might aswell include all of Pakistan while your at it. Lol

  2. What a childish act hahaha 😂 one day India will give forecast for NY and will calim the territory . And one more thing if a UK channel shoes the weather forecast for Delhi or mombay does that mean the same . Believe me every time you tell the weather for POK means it’s under Pakistan control and will stay like that forever. As far as weather is concerned fortunately it doesn’t have borders . No to war but we reserve right to defend what’s our . Peace.

  3. This is very good. IMD had always been misguiding us with its forecasts, now “misguided” Pakistan will also be misguided!

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