General Headquarters (Pakistan Army)

Coordinates: 33°36′N 73°02′E / 33.600°N 73.033°E / 33.600; 73.033
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General Headquarters
Rawalpindi in Pakistan
General Headquarters is located in Punjab, Pakistan
General Headquarters
General Headquarters
General Headquarters is located in Pakistan
General Headquarters
General Headquarters
Coordinates33°36′N 73°02′E / 33.600°N 73.033°E / 33.600; 73.033
Site information
OwnerPakistan Army
Site history
In useAugust 14, 1947 (1947-08-14)
Garrison information
Asim Munir

The General Headquarters (GHQ) is the headquarters of the Pakistan Army and is located within the garrison complex of Rawalpindi, adjacent to the Joint Staff Headquarters.[1]


Following Rawalpindi's capture by the British East India company, 53rd Regiment of the company army took quarters in the newly captured city. The decision to man a permanent military cantonment in the city was made in 1851 by the Marquess of Dalhousie. The city saw its first telegraph office in the early 1850s. The city's Garrison Church was built shortly after in 1854, and is the site where Robert Milman, Bishop of Calcutta, was buried following his death in Rawalpindi in 1876. It was established on 14 August 1947 in the headquarters of the former Northern Command of the British Indian Army.[2][3][4] The name 'GHQ Pakistan' was derived from GHQ India.

In December 2017, it was announced that the Army would be moving to a new GHQ in neighbouring Islamabad.[5]


Gates Purpose Road
Gate No 1 General
Gate No 2 Exclusively reserved for service/ ex service men
Gate No 3 Exclusively reserved for families/ families of martyrs
Gate No 4 Exclusively reserved for politicians/ bureaucrats
Gate No 5 Exclusively reserved for foreign dignatries
Gate No 6 Exclusively reserved for patients visiting CMH/Army Museum
Gate No 7 General

Command Structure[edit]

General Headquarters is the command center of land forces of Pakistan. In GHQ, there are ten branches commanded by Lt Gen ranked officer, and forty directorates commanded by a Maj Gen ranked officer.

The branches and directorate in GHQ are:

  • General Staff, (GS) branch
  • Logistic Staff, (LS) branch
  • Arms branch
  • Adjutant General, (AG) branch
  • Training and Evaluation, (T&E) branch
  • Quarter Master General (QMG) branch
  • Engineer-in-Chief (E-in-C) branch
  • Communication and Information Technology (C&IT) branch
  • Surgeon General, (SG) branch

General Staff, (GS) branch[edit]

  • Military Operations, MO Directorate
  • Military Intelligence, MI Directorate
  • Organisation and Methods, O&M Directorate
  • Inspection and Technical Development, I&TD Directorate
  • Weapons and Equipment, W&E Directorate

Logistic Staff, (LS) branch[edit]

  • Logistics Directorate
  • National Logistic Cell, NLC
  • Supply and Transport, S&T Directorate
  • Budget Directorate
  • Ordinance Services, OS Directorate
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME)Directorate
  • Aviation Fleet Management (AFM) Dte

Arms branch[edit]

  • Director General, DG Infantry
  • Director General, DG Armoured Corps
  • Director General, DG Artillery
  • Director General, DG Army Air Defence
  • Director General, DG Engineers
  • Director General, DG Army Aviation

Adjutant General, (AG) branch[edit]

  • Law Directorate
  • Welfare and Rehabilitation, W&R Directorate
  • Pay, Pension and Accounts, PP&A Directorate
  • Housing Directorate
  • Personal Service, PS Directorate
  • Provost Marshal, PM Directorate
  • National Guards
  • Personal Administration, PA Directorate
  • Army Medical Corps AMC, Med Directorate

Training and Evaluation, (T&E) branch[edit]

Quarter Master General (QMG) branch[edit]

  • Quartering and Lands, Q&L Directorate
  • Military Lands and Cantonment (Ml&c) Directorate
  • Remount, Veterinary, and Farms Corps Directorate - as of 2003, oversaw Okara Military Farms and 23 other military farms.[6]
  • Army Heritage Foundation (AHF)

Engineer-in-Chief (E-in-C) branch[edit]

Communication and Information Technology (C&IT) branch[edit]

  • Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence, (C4I) Directorate
  • Signals Directorate

Surgeon General, (SG) branch[edit]

  • Medical Directorate
  • Medical Services Azad Kashmir, MS AK
  • Medical Services Navy, MS N

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What an Indian saw inside the Pakistan Army headquarters". Quartz. December 7, 2018.
  2. ^ L. P. Sen (1 January 1994). Slender Was the Thread. South Asia Books. p. 26. ISBN 978-0861316922. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  3. ^ Shreenivas Kumar Sinha (1992). A soldier recalls. Spantech & Lancer. p. 86. ISBN 978-8170621614. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ Eqbal Ahmad; Noam Chomsky; Carollee Bengelsdorf; Margaret Cerullo (13 June 2006). The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad (1st ed.). Columbia University Press. p. 592. ISBN 978-0231127110. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  5. ^ Kashif Abbasi (2017-12-27). "Army to be allotted over 1,000 acres for new GHQ, other offices". Dawn Media Group. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  6. ^ Lancaster, John (2003-06-29). "Fighting An Army's Empire". Washington Post.