Command and Staff College
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|Command and Staff College|
Command and Staff College Emblem
|Motto||"Pir Sho Biyamooz - Saadi"|
|Type||Constituent college of the National Defence University, Islamabad|
|Commandant||Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani|
- For other similarly named Institutions, see Staff College
The Pakistan Army Command and Staff College is a Pakistani military educational institution where officers receive staff training and education. It was established in 1907 at Quetta, Baluchistan, British India, now in Pakistan. It has been the alma mater of many renowned soldiers from countries all around the world.
The college was previously affiliated with the University of Balochistan but is now affiliated with the National Defence University (NDU) along with other staff and war colleges of Pakistan Navy and Air Force.
The Command and Staff College is located at Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan, at the entrance to the Urak Valley. To the north, south-east and south-west stand Takatu, Murdarghar and Chiltan, rising to heights of 930–1020 metres (10-11,000 ft). Lower than the Murdarghar and closer to the Staff College, is the Sleeping Beauty, which takes its name from its uncanny resemblance to a lady in repose. She is at her best when the first winter snow throws her in sharp contrast against the skyline.
A scroll runs through the swords on which are inscribed the Persian words Pir Sho Biyamooz - Saadi. Its literal translation is Grow old by learning - Saadi, who was a famous Persian poet. When paraphrased, it means, "Go on learning and acquiring knowledge until you are old."
The college is headed by a commandant who is a general officer, and is organised into two wings, namely, the Headquarters Wing and the Instructional Wing. The Instructional Wing, headed by a Chief Instructor, is the mainstay of the college. The Senior Instructor Training (a Colonel) is responsible for curricular management and programming of all related activities, he is assisted General Staff Officer Grade 2, training 1. The faculty of research and doctrinal studies, commonly known as FORADS, is headed by a director of the rank of Colonel or Brigadier with four research sections, each being managed by a Directing Staff member.
The Instructional Wing has four instructional divisions, each under a Senior Instructor of the rank of Colonel. The Headquarters Wing provides administrative support to the Instructional Wing.
At the end of the year, the graduate should:
- Possess an insight into the employment of forces in tactical operations under the battlefield environment.
- Be able to handle operational and administrative staff functions and prepare his outfit to perform its peace and war time roles.
- Be able to discern the place of tactical plans within the ambit of operational strategy and joint services warfare.
- Be able to apply leadership and management skills within the socio-religious setting.
- Be able to research issues of professional import.
- Be able to comprehend international and regional political order.
- Develop the skill to identify the central issue of military problems, and present options for their resolution.
Selection criteria 
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The Pakistani officers who attend the course must meet the following requirements:
- Rank/Service: Majors with 8–12 years service.
- Courses: respective arm/service Mid Career Course and Promotion Examinations.
- Selection Criteria: based on merit list of a competitive examination, service record and professional standing.
- Civil: preferably Bachelor of Arts/Science to qualify for the award of Master of Science degree in Art and Science of Warfare from the National Defence University, Islamabad.
Notable alumni 
- Field Marshals
- Archibald Wavell, Bernard Montgomery, Claude Auchinleck and William Slim (United Kingdom)
- Thomas Blamey (Australia)
- Ayub Khan (Pakistan)
- Sam Manekshaw (India)
- Muhammad Musa, Yahya Khan, Gul Hassan Khan, Tikka Khan, Rahimuddin Khan, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Mirza Aslam Beg, Asif Nawaz and Pervez Musharraf who all, later, became Pakistan Army's Chiefs or Chairmen Joint Chiefs
- General M. A. G. Osmani, Supreme Commander of Bangladesh Forces during the Bangladesh Liberation War
- Major General Raza Muhammad
- Brigadier General A.W.L. Bayly
- Brigadier General Sir Thompson Capper
- Brigadier General W.P. Braithwaite
- Major General Sir L.R. Vaughan
- Major General Sir Gerald F. Boyd
- Major General C.A.C. Goodwin
- Major General E.T. Humphreys
- Major General R.C. Wilson
- Major General G.C. Williams
- Major General A.B. Haig
- Brigadier Sir Philip Christison
- Brigadier C.A. Osborne
- Brigadier G.C. Evans
- Brigadier B.H. Chappel
- Brigadier H.V. Collingridge
- Major General S.F. Irwin
- Major General H.L. Davies
- Major General I.C.A. Lauder DSO,OBE,PJK
- Major General A. Tilly
- Major General M.A. Latif Khan
- Major General Mian Ghulam Jilani
- Brigadier S.A.A. Bilgrami
- Major General Sahabzada Yaqub Khan
- Major General Akhtar Hussain Malik
- Major General Abrar Hussain HJ, MBE
- Major General Muhammad Shariff
- Major General Azmat Bakhsh Awan
- Major General Riaz Azim
- Major General S. Wajahat Hussain
- Major General Muhammad Iqbal
- Major General Ahmad Shamim Khan
- Major General Muhammad Safdar
- Major General Rehm Dil Bhatti
- Major General Muhammad Amin Khan Burki
- Major General Syed Tanwir Husain Naqvi
- Major General Ali Kuli Khan Khattak
- Major General Saeeduz Zafar
- Major General Syed Muhammad Amjad
- Major General Javed Afzal Khan
- Major General Tariq Waseem Ghazi
- Major General Malik Arif Hayat
- Major General Mohsin Kamal
- Major General Ahmad Shuja Pasha
- Lieutenant General Khalid Nawaz Khan
- Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani
Notable instructors 
- General Joyanto Nath Chaudhuri Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army from 1962–1966 and the Military Governor of Hyderabad State from 1948-1949.
- The Staff College, Quetta. The First Fifty Years of The Staff College Quetta, 1906-1955. (Quetta: The Staff College, 1962). 80 pages.