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Pakistan Army

Emblem of the Pakistan Army

Founded 14 August 1947
Country
Pakistan
TypeArmy
Size 620,000 active troops
500,000 reserves
Headquarter
General Headquarters Rawalpindi,
PakistanMotto(s) Arabic: إِيمَان, تقوى, في سبيل الله
English: A follower of none but God, the fear of God, struggle for God
Colour Green and White
AnniversariesDefence Day: September 6
WebsiteOfficial Website
CommandersChief of Army StaffGeneral Qamar Javed Bajwa
Chief of General StaffLieutenant-General Bilal Akbar
InsigniaFlag

Aircraft flown
Attack
Bell AH-1 Cobra
HelicopterBell 412, Bell 407, Bell 206, Bell UH-1 HueyTransportMil Mi-8/17, Aérospatiale Alouette III, Bell 412


Pakistan Army (Urdu: پاک فوج‎‎ Pak Fauj (IPA: pɑk fɒ~ɔd͡ʒ); Reporting name: PA) is the land-based service branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces. It came into the existence from the British Indian Army that ceased to exist following the partition of India that resulted in the independence of Pakistan on 14 August 1947.:1–2[1] According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), it had approximately 620,000 active personnel as of 2015.[2] In Pakistan, there is 16–23 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers cannot be deployed for combat until age 18 according to its nation's constitution.[3]

The primary objective and its constitutional mission is to ensure the national security and national unity of Pakistan by defending it against external aggression or threat of war, and internal threat by maintaining peace and security within its land borders by requisitioning it by the government to cope with internal threats.[4] During the events of national calamities and emergency, it conducts humanitarian rescue operations at home as well as participating in the peacekeeping missions mandated by the United Nations, most notably playing a major role in rescuing the trapped U.S. soldiers in Somalia in 1993 and Bosnian War in 1992–95.:70[5]

The Pakistan Army, which is a major component of the national power alongside with the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy, has been involved with four wars on its borders with neighbouring India and several armed skirmishes on its porous border with Afghanistan.[6] Since 1960s, the elements of the army has been repeatedly deployed to act as military advisory in the Arab states during the events of Arab-Israeli Wars, aided the UN-based coalition in the first Gulf War. Other notable military operations on War on Terror in the 21st century included: Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Operation Black Thunderstorm, and Operation Rah-e-Nijat.[7]

Due to its constitutional mandate protected by the Constitution to "act in aid of civilian government when called upon to do so",[8] the army has been involved in enforcing martial law against the elected governments in a view of attempting to restore the law and order in the country four times in past years, and has wider commercial, foreign, and political interests in the country.[9][10][11][12][13]

The Pakistan Army has a regimental system but is operationally and geographically divided into command zones, with basic field of being the corps.[14] The Constitution allows the President of Pakistan to be its civilian Commander-in-Chief.[15] The Pakistan Army is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff, by statute a four-star rank general, who is senior member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, is appointed by the Prime Minister and confirmed by the President of Pakistan.[16] In its current command capacity, the Pakistan Army is currently under the command of General Qamar Javed Bajwa, appointed on 29 November 2016.[17][18]


Mission
Existence and its constitutional role is protected by the Constitution of Pakistan, where its role to serves as land-based uniform service branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces. In the Chapter 2: Armed Forces in the PartXII: Miscellaneous codified the mission and purpose of the army as alongside with the other parts of the Armed Forces as such:[19]

The Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the Federal Government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so​
— Constitution of Pakistan.[

Main articles: Structure of the Pakistan Army and List of serving generals of the Pakistan Army

Command structure
The President of Pakistan is the civilian supreme commander of the Pakistan Armed Forces by statute. The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), a four-star general, is the highest general officer (unless the four-star general is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee), a field and operational commander as well as a highest Army four-star general officer, directs the non-combat and combatant operations from army combatant headquarters in Rawalpindi. The Principal Staff Officers (PSO) assisting him in his duties at the Lieutenant-General level include a Chief of General Staff (CGS), under whom the Military Operations and Intelligence Directorates function; the Chief of Logistics Staff (CLS); the Adjutant General (AG); the Quarter-Master General (QMG); the Inspector General of Training and Evaluation (IGT and E); the Military Secretary (MS); and the Engineer-in-Chief, a top Army topographer. A major reorganization in GHQ was done in September 2008 under General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, when two new PSO positions were introduced: the Inspector General Arms and the Inspector General Communications and IT, thus raising the number of PSO's to eight.[61]

The headquarters function also includes the Judge Advocate General (JAG), and the Comptroller of Civilian Personnel, the Engineer-in-Chief of the Corps of Engineers who is also head of Military Engineering Service (MES), all of them also report to the Chief of the Army Staff.

Structure of the Pakistan Army


The Structure of the Pakistan Army can be broken down two ways, administrative, and operational. Operationally the Pakistan Army is divided in 11 Corps having areas of responsibility (AOR) from mountainous regions of northern Pakistan to the desert and coastal regions of the south. Administratively it is divided in different regiments (details below). The General Headquarters (GHQ) of Pakistan Army is located in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in Punjab province. It is planned to be moved to the capital city of Islamabad.
Army headquarters and staff
The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), formerly called the Commander in Chief (C in C), is challenged with the responsibility of commanding the Pakistani Army. The COAS operates from army headquarters in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. The Principal Staff Officers (PSO's) assisting him in his duties at the Lieutenant General level include:

  • Chief of General Staff (CGS) — Lt Gen Bilal Akbar
  • Chief of Logistics Staff (CLS) — Lt Gen Qazi Muhammad Ikram Ahmad
  • Inspector General Arms (IG Arms) — Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa
  • Adjutant General (AG) — Lt Gen Anwar Ali Hyder
  • Quarter-Master General (QMG) — Lt Gen Javed Mahmood Bukhari
  • Inspector General Training and Evaluation (IGT&E) — Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman
  • Military Secretary (MS) — Lt Gen Ghayur Mahmood
  • Inspector General Communications and IT (IGC&IT) — Lt Gen Hamayun Aziz
  • Engineer-in-Chief (E-in-C) — Lt Gen Khalid Asghar
The Military Operations and Intelligence Directorates function under the Chief of General Staff (CGS). A major reorganization in GHQ was done in September 2008 under General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, when two new PSO positions were introduced: the Inspector General Arms and the Inspector General Communications and IT, thus raising the number of PSO's to eight.[1]

The headquarters function also includes the Judge Advocate General (JAG), and the Comptroller of Civilian Personnel, the Chief of the Corps of Engineers (E-in-C) who is also head of Military Engineering Service (MES), all of them also report to the Chief of the Army Staff.

Operational structure
Hierarchy
  • Corps: A Corps in the Pakistani Army usually consists of two or more Divisions and is commanded by a Lieutenant General. Currently the Pakistani Army has 11 Corps. The eleventh one is the recently raised Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC), responsible for bearing the national strategic and nuclear assets. Initially a Division, but then raised to the status of a Corps.
  • Division: Each division is commanded by a Major General, and usually holds three Brigades including infantry, artillery, engineers and communications units in addition to logistics (supply and service) support to sustain independent action. Except for the Divisions operating in the mountains, all the Divisions have at least one armoured unit, some have even more depending upon their functionality. The most major of all ground force combat formations is the infantry division. Such a division would primarily hold three infantry brigades. There are 19 Infantry Divisions, 1 Special Operations Elite Combat Para Infantry Division (initially a brigade sized group but recently (January 2003) raised to a Division size group), two Mechanized Infantry divisions, two Armoured Divisions, 1 Engineers Division, 2 Artillery Divisions (which are widely believed to be in possession of Ballistics Nuclear Missiles - Therefore these Artillery Divisions are equivalent of Modern Ballistics Missile Artillery Division instead of traditional Artillery role usually associated with them) in the Pakistani Army.
  • Brigade: A Brigade is under the command of a Brigadier and comprises three or more Battalions of different units depending on its functionality. An independent brigade would be one that primarily consists of an artillery unit, an infantry unit, an armour unit and logistics to support its actions. Such a brigade is not part of any division and is under direct command of a corps.
  • Battalion: Each battalion is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel and has roughly 600 to 900 soldiers under his command. This number varies depending on the functionality of the battalion. A battalion comprises either three batteries (in case of artillery and air defence regiments - generally named Papa, Quebec, Romeo, and Headquarters Battery) or four companies (in case of infantry regiments - generally named Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta - and other arms excluding armored units that are organized into squadrons) each under the command of a major and consisting of individual subunits called sections (which are further divisible into platoons and squads).[2]

Corps
There are 11 Corps located at various garrisons all over Pakistan

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Armoured divisions
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Infantry divisions


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Independent brigades
There are seven Independent Mechanized Infantry Brigades, eight Independent Armoured brigades, 4 Artillery Brigades, and nine Engineer brigades. These include 105 Independent Brigade Group in XXXI Corps, 111 Independent Infantry Brigade at Rawalpindi with X Corps, 212 Infantry Brigade at Lahore with IV Corps and 105 Independent Infantry Brigade under V Corps. Nine independent signal brigade groups are also present (one in each corps).

Former formations
Eastern Command was a Corps level formation in the former East Pakistan consisting of 14th, 9th and 16th Infantry Divisions. All three were re-raised after the war and exist today.

36 ID and 39 ID were raised to command the Paramilitary troops and a few loyal battalions. Were later reinforced with a couple of other battalions each. They were not re-raised after the war.

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NEW: Pakistani security forces say they have foiled a terror bid and seized a large cache of weaponry - including 181 RPG-7 rockets, 172 fuses and an MMRR 75 gun with 80 rounds - from Kohlu district of Balochistan.
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Mattis lands in lslamabad
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Latest Securing every inch of the border of the Motherland and raising the Sabz Hilali Parcham in minus 16 temperature and tons of snow is an Ultimate Satisfaction for a Soldier. “No Power on earth can undo Pakistan
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Pak-Saudia Special Forces joint counter terrorism exercise ‘Al-Shehab-2’ is under way at Prince Naif Security City, Riadh.
The two weeks long exercise started on 25 November and will continue till 10 December. “ Al-Shehab 1” was held last year in Pakistan. Pakistani contingent comprising of 68 officers and soldiers of special services group (SSG) is participating in this exercise.
The Pak-Saudia joint exercise will help participating troops from both sides to learn from each other’s experiences in the counter terrorism field and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two forces and the countries.

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Pak-Saudia Special Forces joint counter terrorism exercise ‘Al-Shehab-2’ is under way at Prince Naif Security City, Riadh.
The two weeks long exercise started on 25 November and will continue till 10 December. “ Al-Shehab 1” was held last year in Pakistan. Pakistani contingent comprising of 68 officers and soldiers of special services group (SSG) is participating in this exercise.
The Pak-Saudia joint exercise will help participating troops from both sides to learn from each other’s experiences in the counter terrorism field and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two forces and the countries.

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There are ongoing exercises in King Salman centre for mountain warfare that have been going for 4 years now. Do you have any pictures or media related to those exercises.
 

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Pak-Saudia Special Forces joint counter terrorism exercise ‘Al-Shehab-2’ is under way at Prince Naif Security City, Riadh.
The two weeks long exercise started on 25 November and will continue till 10 December. “ Al-Shehab 1” was held last year in Pakistan. Pakistani contingent comprising of 68 officers and soldiers of special services group (SSG) is participating in this exercise.
The Pak-Saudia joint exercise will help participating troops from both sides to learn from each other’s experiences in the counter terrorism field and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two forces and the countries.

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Is that a blood type tag at the chest of the Saudi solider?
 

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There are ongoing exercises in King Salman centre for mountain warfare that have been going for 4 years now. Do you have any pictures or media related to those exercises.
Some secret stuff.:$*:-_^
 

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A delegation comprising members of Standing Committee on Defence from both houses of the Parliament visited Miranshah,North Waziristan Agency today. The delegation was briefed about operations conducted in the Agency, Pak-Afghan border security measures and socio-economic projects undertaken for the local population. The delegates lauded the efforts of Pak Army in bringing back peace and normalcy in FATA.
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