# pullback square of factor groups

Let H and K be normal subgroup of a group G. The following square is always a pullback square? $$\begin {matrix} G/H\cap K\rightarrow &G/K\\ \downarrow&\downarrow\\ G/H\rightarrow&G/HK\\ \end {matrix}$$

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Given a group X and two group homomorphisms $u:X\to G/H$ and $v:X\to G/K$ such that $up=vq$ where $p:G/H\to G/HK$ and $q:G/K\to G/HK$ we have to find a homomorphism $w$ such that $wa=u$ and $wb=v$ where a and b are the projection. – Fabio Lucchini Jul 30 '13 at 22:08

The proof is very easy, using the usual explicit construction of the pullback (as a subgroup of the direct product). Obviously the square commutes, therefore we get a map $G/(H \cap K) \to G/K \times_{G/(HK)} G/K$, namely $[g] \mapsto ([g],[g])$. One checks immediately that it is injective. Now for surjectivity, let $([g],[g'])$ be in the image, i.e. $g=g'hk$ for some $h \in H, k\in K$. Then $[gk^{-1}]$ is a preimage, since $gk^{-1} \equiv g \bmod K$ and $gk^{-1} =g'h \equiv g' \bmod H$. qed
The same proof works when $H$ and $K$ are just subgroups (not assumed to be normal), but then it is a pullback square in the category of $G$-sets.