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V Corps

V Corps has been headquartered in Karachi since it was raised in 1975. All sources agree that it consists of at least one Division and at least one and probably at least two independent Brigades. Several sources suggest that it also includes a second ("holding") Division, possibly the 16 Infantry or 41 Infantry Division. All sources agree that the Corps includes at least one Independent Armored Brigade. While some sources suggest that the independent brigades include one tank and one infantry independent brigades, other reports say there are two independent armored brigades, while others report an artillery brigade, for a total of as many as four independent brigades.

By early July 1999, during the Kargil conflict, Pakistan had moved most of its strike corps to the eastern border, forcing India to heighten the vigil across the LoC and the international border. Pakistan's XI corps and XII corps, which had been stationed in Peshawar and Quetta, were believed to have moved east, reinforcing the V corps in Karachi, whose role had been to intercept any Indian attempt to cut the Karachi-Lahore road. The X corps at Rawalpindi was in position across the Line of Control in Kashmir, and the four mountain divisions near the LoC had been reinforced with the three brigades that have moved into Skardu.

As of late 2000 the 5 Corps was commandded by Lt. Gen. Muzaffar Hussain Usmani (a Mohajir), one of the so-called "Mullas' Generals" or Islamised Generals, who reportedly worked during off-duty hours for the Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic organisation which provided most of the jehadist volunteers for the Pakistan-based extremist organisations active in J & K in India.

With the move of XXXI Corps to Pannu Aquil the responsibility for Rahim Yar Khan-Sukkur had fallen to V Corps by early 2001. As such 16 Infantry Division could be allocated the task for either a local offensive in V Corps Sector or given the responsibility of the area South of Rahim Yar Khan. Most probably the former.

                    CityLatitudeLongitude
V CorpsKarachi 2452'N6703'E
31st Inf BDE (MECH)Hyderabad 2522'N6822'E
2nd Armored BDEHyderabad 2522'N6822'E
?? U/I Armored BDEU/I Location ____'N____'E
?? U/I Artillery BDEU/I Location ____'N____'E
?? 16th Infantry DivisionRahim Yar Khan ____'N____'E
18th Infantry DivisionHyderabad 2522'N6822'E



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