XXXI Corps (Pakistan)

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XXXI Corps
Active 1988 – 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 Southern Military Command of Pakistan Army
HQ/Command Control Headquarters Bahawalpur, Punjab Province
Nickname(s) XXXI Corps
Colours Identification Red, White and Gold
            
Decorations Military Decorations of Pakistan Military
Commanders
Corps Commander Lt Gen Sher Afgun
Notable
commanders
GEN Shamim Alam Khan
LTG Mohammad Shafiq
LTG Haroon Aslam

The XXXI Corps is an active military administrative corps of the Pakistan Army, commonly referred to as 31 Corps. It forms a major part of the Pakistan Army's Southern Command, with its headquarters located in Bahawalpur, Punjab Province.

History[edit]

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[edit]

  1. Lt Gen Mohammad Shafiq, March 1988 – April 1991
  2. Lt Gen Shamim Alam Khan, April 1991 – August 1991
  3. Lt Gen Muhammad Akram Khan, August 1991 – May 1993
  4. Lt Gen Iftikhar Ali Khan, June 1993 – January 1996
  5. Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz Malik, January 1996 – May 1997
  6. Lt Gen Muzaffar Usmani, May 1997 – October 1998
  7. Lt Gen Tahir Ali Qureshi, October 1998 – August 2000
  8. Lt Gen Munir Hafiez, August 2000 – October 2001
  9. Lt Gen Shahid Hamid, October 2001 – September 2003
  10. Lt Gen Syed Parwez Shahid, September 2003 – May 2005
  11. Lt Gen Imtiaz Hussain, May 2005 – April 2007
  12. Lt Gen Raza Mohammad Khan, April 2007 – October 2008
  13. Lt Gen Muhammad Yousaf, October 2008 – October 2009
  14. Lt Gen Naeem Khalid Lodhi, October 2009 – March 2011
  15. Lt Gen Muhammad Haroon Aslam, March 2011 – January 2013
  16. Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, January 2013 – December 2013
  17. Lt Gen Javed Iqbal, December 2013 – April 2015
  18. Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday, April 2015 – December 2016
  19. Lt Gen Sher Afgun, December 2016 – present

Order of battle[edit]

Its present order of battle is as follows:[1]

References[edit]