What is the Full Form of LOC and POK?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Have you come across the abbreviations LOC and POK during political conversations? If yes, do you know what they mean? Well, LOC full form is Line of Control whereas the POK full form stands for Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir. These terms are used with respect to India’s position with Pakistan on the matter of Kashmir. 


The LOC and POK full form are Line of Control and Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir respectively

As you know, the matter of Kashmir has been extremely sensitive between India and Pakistan since the partition in 1947. And the LOC and POK full form play a critical role in the political relations between the two nations. Let’s see why.

What is LOC?

LOC stands for Line of Control and denotes a de facto border in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The length of the border is 740km and separates India from the Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir. Earlier LOC was known as the cease-fire line but it was renamed after the Shimla agreement on July 3, 1972. 

What is POK?

As you now know the POK full form means Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir. However, it is an area different from what was officially created at the time of partition. Pakistan invaded India and occupied a part of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 which was later termed POK. POK is divided into 2 parts:

  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)
  • Gilgit-Baltistan


What are the LOC and POK Full Form?

The LOC and POK full form stand for Line of Control and Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir. LOC was a cease-fire line or de facto border that lies in Kashmir and was created after the Shimla agreement in 1972. POK is the part of Kashmir that was occupied by Pakistan and is now divided into Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.


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