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Pakistan Army Order of Battle

Punjab - Strike Corps
I Corps
Mangla
II Corps
Multan
6 Armoured Division
Kharian
1 Armoured Division
Multan
17 Mechanized Infantry Division
Kharian
40 Infantry Division
Okara
37 Mechanized Infantry Division
Gujranwala
Punjab - Holding Corps
IV Corps
Lahore
10 Infantry Division
Lahore
11 Infantry Division
Lahore
XXX Corps
Gujranwala
XXXI Corps
Bahawalpur
2 Artillery Division
Gujranwala
26 Mechanized Division
Bahawalpur
8 Infantry Division
Sialkot
35 Infantry Division
Bahawalpur
15 Infantry Division
Sialkot
40th Infantry Division
Okara
SindhJ&K, FANA
V Corps
Karachi
X Corps
Rawalpindi
16 Infantry Division
Hyderabad
Northern Area Command
Gilgit
18 Infantry Division
Hyderabad
12 Infantry Division
Murree
25 Mechanized Infantry Division
Malir
19 Infantry Division
Jhelum
23 Infantry Division
Gujrat
West Front
BalochistanNWFP / FATA
XII Corps
Quetta
XI Corps
Peshawar
33 Infantry Division
Hyderabad
7 Infantry Division
Mardan
41 Infantry Division
Hyderabad
9 Infantry Division
Kohat
Other Major Commands
ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence)Engineer-in-Chief Pakistan Army
Army Air Defence Command ERRA (Earthquake Reconstruction &
Rehabilitation Authority)
Army Strategic Forces Command

In April 2007 Pakistan was reported to be creating three new Army commands to "improve the operational efficiency and working" of its land forces. The Northern, Southern and Central Commands would be responsible for the administrative arrangements of the corps falling under their respective commands. At that time, the establishment of the Northern and South Commands had been finalised, while the Central Command was to be raised shortly. A three-star General (Lt. General) heads these regional commands. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) already had three regional commands. According to The News, the Southern Command would have its headquarters in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan and home to XII Corps, while the Northern Command's headquarters was yet to be determined. The two likely choices in Punjab Province were either Gujranwala, home to XXX Corps and 37 Mechanized Infantry Division, or Mangla, home to I Corps. The whereabouts of the headquarters for Central Command was not reported.

These commands are very poorly attested. Governor of Balochistan Owais Ahmad Ghani visited Balochistan Institute of Technical Education "BITE" on 9th May 2007 along with Commander Southern Command Lt. Gen Hamid Rab Nawaz to see the progress and activities going on at BITE. On 04 December 2007 President Pervez Musharraf appreciated the performance of the Pakistan Army and said that he was proud of commanding the best army of the world. Addressing a farewell dinner party hosted by Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Khalid Shamim Wyne at the Command and Staff College Quetta, he recalled his affiliation with the college and said he had served as staff director while he was a lieutenant colonel. Commander Southern Command Khalid Shamim Wyne presented a souvenir to President Musharraf and lauded his services as army chief. On arrival at Quetta on 08 July 2008, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was received by Commander Southern Command, Lieutenant General Khalid Shamim Wynne. Kayani also visited Headquarters Southern Command, where he was given a briefing on operational, training and administrative matters.

After the accession of Punjab in the British Empire in March 1849, Rawalpindi was made the Headquarters of Northern Command due to its central location and geo-political importance. The Pakistan Army came into being as a result of the amalgamation of the Muslim troops of the pre-independence British Indian Army. The new Pakistan Army when it took over the operations and offices of the British North Command in India in Rawalpindi after independence. Out of the British Northern Command HQ nucleus, the Pakistan Army GHQ was organized at its present location. Lt Gen Messervy, the then GOC-in-C Northern Command, was promoted and appointed Commander-In-Chief (C-in-C) Pakistan Army. The GHQ started functioning on 15 August 1947.

 



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