IV Corps (Pakistan)

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IV Corps
Active June 1965 - Present
Country  Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan Army
Branch Active Duty
Type Army Corps
Role Combined arms formation
Tactical headquarters element
Size +60,000 approximately (though this may vary as units are rotated)
Part of Central Military Command of Pakistan Army
HQ/Command Control Headquarter Lahore, Punjab Province
Nickname(s) Lahore Corps
Colors Identification Red, White and Silver
            
Anniversaries November of 1965
Engagements Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
Decorations Military Decorations of Pakistan Military
Commanders
Corps Commander Lt Gen Sadiq Ali
Notable
commanders
Gen Tikka Khan
Gen Iqbal Khan
Gen Sawar Khan
Gen Aziz Khan
Gen Rashad Mahmood
Lt Gen Moinuddin Haider
Lt Gen Khalid Maqbool
Lt Gen Shahid Aziz
Lt Gen Muhammad Aslam Shah

The IV Corps is one of military administrative corps of Pakistan Army. Having established in 1965 after the Indo-Pakistani September War, it is currently stationed in Lahore, Punjab Province of Pakistan. The current corps commander is Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali.

History[edit]

The corps was formed in 1965 and was the second corps level formation created by Pakistan Army. After independence, Pakistan had an organisation whereby all divisions were controlled directly by General Headquarters. Although a Corps would be raised in the late 1950s, it was found that the organisation was unwieldy, and thus orders for a second corps and a Field Army to control the two corps were given, the army was later disbanded.[1]

1965 War[edit]

The Corps and its assigned assets were still under the process of raising when war came. It's only operational arm was 4 Corps Artillery which was to play a major role in the Kashmir operations preceding the war and in the capture of Chamb and Jaurian under the able command of Brig. Amjad Chaudhry.

Later the formation was moved in support of 6 Armoured Division in the historic Battle of Chawinda. Brig. Amjad Chaudhry, IV Corps artillery would play a major part in the battle,[2] and its performance was deemed to have been the decisive factor in the battle.[3][4]

1971 War[edit]

Immediately after the war, the corps was fully stood up. In 1971 it would go to war again, under command of Lt.Gen Bahadur Sher. With two divisions under command it would see skirmishes on the Wagha border area, and later it would capture the Husseinwala district in India, including Qaisar-e-Hind Fort.

List of commanders[edit]

  1. Lt Gen Attiqur Rahman, 1966 – August 1969
  2. Lt Gen Tikka Khan, August 1969 – March 1971
  3. Lt Gen Bahadur Sher Khan, March 1971 – January 1972
  4. Lt Gen Abdul Hameed Khan, January 1972–1974
  5. Lt Gen Iqbal Khan, March 1976 – January 1978
  6. Lt Gen Sawar Khan, January 1978 – March 1980
  7. Lt Gen Sirdar Farooq Shaukat Khan Lodi, March 1980 – March 1984
  8. Lt Gen Muhammad Aslam Shah, March 1984 – March 1986
  9. Lt Gen Alam Jan Mahsud, March 1988 – July 1990
  10. Lt Gen Mohammad Ashraf, July 1990 – January 1993
  11. Lt Gen Humayun Khan Bangash, January 1993 – January 1996
  12. Lt Gen Moinuddin Haider, January 1996 – March 1997
  13. Lt Gen Mohammad Akram, March 1997 – October 1998
  14. Lt Gen Khalid Maqbool, October 1998 – August 2000
  15. Lt Gen Aziz Khan, August 2000 – October 2001
  16. Lt Gen Zarrar Azim, October 2001 – December 2003
  17. Lt Gen Shahid Aziz, December 2003 – October 2005
  18. Lt Gen Shafaat Ullah Shah, October 2005 – March 2008
  19. Lt Gen Ijaz Ahmed Bakhshi, March 2008 – April 2010
  20. Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood, April 2010 – January 2013
  21. Lt Gen Maqsood Ahmad, January 2013 – September 2013
  22. Lt Gen Naveed Zaman, September 2013 – September 2015
  23. Lt Gen Sadiq Ali, September 2015 – Present

Order of battle[edit]

The corps order of battle is.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Pakistan Army-War 1965-Shaukat Riza-Army Education Press-1984
  2. ^ 50 years of the Regiment of Artllery
  3. ^ Battle of Chawinda
  4. ^ History of Indo-Pak War of 1965. Lt Gen Mahmud Ahmed (ret) ISBN 969-8693-01-7, Chapter oo Chawinda Battle
  5. ^ Global Security Page on IV Corps
  6. ^ Brig (Retd) ZA KHAN, The Way It Was - 1