Certainly the longest break - 11 days without daily blogging - so far and hardly warranted I should add.
The FIFA World Cup has ended in the meantime......
We made our first query with respect to AJK being added - as a contender to the qualifying groups from Asia for FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.....while watching the energetic Croatians pile pressure on the French defence during the first half of Sunday's final.
Croatia's population is c. 4 million. Ours could well be above 5 million especially when we add the diaspora.
Here's the text of the initial enquiry to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) via email that day (Day 196):
Procedure for applying for FIFA membership ref. AJK
15 Jul 2018, 20:48
We are not sure whether this is the appropriate forum to make a formal application for FIFA (and by extension AFC) membership, with a view to participating in the qualifying campaign for the next world cup in Qatar 2022 (from Asia).
Our 'country' is officially described as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK is an acronym) and it translates as the free part of Jammu and Kashmir, which is intermittently but fiercely contested between India and Pakistan.
Our territory boasts having it's own prime minister, president, supreme court and constitution with a clearly defined territory including an over 1 million strong diaspora in the developed world.
We are a keen footballing nation and are confident of qualifying from Asia.
We would be grateful if the AFC can guide us on how and what are the appropriate steps that we need to take.
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