XXXI Corps (Pakistan)

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XXXI Corps
Active1988 – present
Country Pakistan
Allegiance Pakistan Army
BranchActive Duty
TypeArmy Corps
RoleCombined arms formation
Tactical headquarters element
Size30,000+ approximately (though this may vary as units are rotated)
HQ/Command Control HeadquartersBahawalpur, Punjab Province
Nickname(s)XXXI Corps, Bahawalpur Corps[1]
Colours IdentificationRed, White and Gold
DecorationsMilitary Decorations of Pakistan Military
Corps CommanderLt Gen Syed Muhammad Adnan
GEN Shamim Alam Khan
LTG Mohammad Shafiq
LTG Haroon Aslam

The XXXI Corps is a corps of the Pakistan Army, commonly referred to as 31 Corps. It forms a major part of the Pakistan Army, with its headquarters located in Bahawalpur, Punjab Province.


The corps was raised in the end of 1980s and took over the assets of the former II Corps, which is presently based in Multan. It has more than three full-sized divisions and is responsible for the southern Punjab desert zone.

In 1988, when the C-130 Hercules plane of President General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq crashed near Bahawalpur, he was visiting XXXI Corps along with senior military aides.

List of Commanders XXXI Corps[edit]

Rank and Name Start of Term End of Term
Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Adnan April 2019 Till Date
Lt Gen Javed Mehmood Bukhari August 2018 April 2019
Lt Gen SherAfgun, December 2016 August 2018
Lt Gen JavedIqbalRamday, April 2015 December 2016
Lt Gen JavedIqbal December 2013 April 2015
Lt Gen ZubairMahmood Hayat, January 2013 December 2013
Lt Gen Muhammad HaroonAslam, March 2011 January 2013
Lt Gen Naeem Khalid Lodhi, October 2009 March 2011
Lt Gen Muhammad Yousaf, October 2008 October 2009
Lt Gen Raza Mohammad Khan, April 2007 October 2008
Lt Gen ImtiazHussain, May 2005 April 2007
Lt Gen Syed ParwezShahid, September 2003 May 2005
Lt Gen Shahid Hamid, October 2001 September 2003
Lt Gen MunirHafiez, August 2000 October 2001
Lt Gen Tahir Ali Qureshi, October 1998 August 2000
Lt Gen MuzaffarUsmani, May 1997 October 1998
Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz Malik, January 1996 May 1997
Lt Gen Iftikhar Ali Khan, June 1993 January 1996
Lt Gen Muhammad Akram Khan, August 1991 May 1993
Lt Gen ShamimAlam Khan, April 1991 August 1991
Lt Gen Mohammad Shafiq, March 1988 April 1991

Order of battle[edit]

Its present order of battle is as follows:[2]


  1. ^ "COAS visits formations of Bahawalpur Corps".
  2. ^ Global Security website page on XXXI Corps