Northern Area Command
The Northern Area Command, also known as Force Command Northern Areas [FCNA], is headquatered at Gilgit. Flying above the main gate of the headquarters, the FCNA flag is orange with the command formation sign on the center (a black disk with a silver snow leopard salient issuing from the fly edge of the disk). After 1999 it has apparently functioned as the equivalent of a Corps command. Some sources report that the Force Commander Northern Areas is the equivalent of a Division, and is subordinate to X Corps, while most sources agree that as of early 2002 it was an independent Corp-equivalent command reporting directly to the Army headquarters.
Sources differ as to the composition of the command, with some reporting one division and four independent brigades, while others sugges a total of five independent brigades. Apparently, as of early 2001 it was reported that the 7 Infantry division from Mardan was moving from the command of XI Corps in Peshawar to the command of Northern Areas Command, possibly to a location opposite Kargil in Kashmir.
|Northern Area Command||Gilgit, Kashmir||35°55'N||74°18'E|
|80th Inf BDE||Astor||35°22'N||74°51'E|
|150th Inf BDE||Gilgit||35°55'N||74°18'E|
|323rd Siachen Inf BDE||Dansam / Kel??||__°__'N||__°__'E|
|62nd Inf BDE||Skardu||35°18'N||75°37'E|
|61st Inf BDE||U/I Location||__°__'N||__°__'E|
|7th Infantry Division||U/I Location||34°12'N||72°02'E|
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