X Corps (Pakistan)

The X Corps is a corps of the Pakistan Army, currently assigned in Rawalpindi, Punjab Province of Pakistan. Its one of two brigades are currently active in Kashmir. One of its most important brigades, the 111th Infantry Brigade in Rawalpindi, has been frequently involved in military coup d'etats since Pakistani independence, playing the front line role in taking over government offices and important buildings.

X Corps
Flag of Pakistan%27s X Corps
Active 1974 – present
Country  Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan Army
Branch Active Duty
Type Army Corps
Role Combined arms formation
Tactical headquarters element
Size 87,500+ approximately (though this may vary as units are rotated)
Part of Central Military Command of Pakistan Army
HQ/Command Control Headquarter Rawalpindi, Punjab Province
Nickname(s) X Corps
The Pindi Corps
Colors Identification Red, White and yellow
Engagements Siachen conflict
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
1999 Pakistani coup d'état
Decorations Military Decorations of Pakistan Military
Corps Commander Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar

LTG Jahan Dad Khan
GEN Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
GEN Tariq Majid
LTG Zahid Ali Akbar
LTG Jamshed Gulzar Kiani
LTG Mahmud Ahmed
LTG Ali Kuli Khan Khattak
LTG Ghulam Muhammad Malik
LTG Aftab Ahmad Khan
Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa


The X Corps was raised in 1974 by Lt. General Aftab Ahmad Khan. Headquartered in Rawalpindi, it is responsible for operations in some areas of Kashmir.[1] Before that all formations in Kashmir were controlled directly from GHQ. As an ode to Lt. General Aftab Ahmad Khan, the insignia of the X Corps features a Rising Sun or Aftab (in Urdu) with 10 rays extruding from it.

Serving on the LOC

In 1974, as today, the Indian and Pakistani forces face each other across the LOC, and there are often exchanges of fire, and sometime full-scale battles. Since 1974, the formation's primary occupation has been to protect Pakistani interests on the LOC.

Siachen conflict

In 1984, the Pakistan Army was involved in a major skirmish with the Indian Army in the northernmost part of the disputed region of Kashmir. Under the command of Lt Gen Zahid Ali Akbar Khan, the X Corps was put into action on the highest battlefield in the world.

Kargil War

In 1999, under the command of Lt Gen Mahmud Ahmed, the conflict over Kargil saw the corps enter action, in Kargil itself, and all along the LOC. Over several weeks in June 1999, the entire corps was engaged for the first time in its history. During the fighting, Havildar Lalak Jan a trooper of the corps would earn the Nishan-e-Haider.

List of Commanders X Corps

Rank and Name Start of Term End of Term
Lt Gen Aftab Ahmad Khan March 1973 March 1976
Lt Gen Faiz Ali Chishti March 1976 March 1980
Lt Gen Jahan Dad Khan March 1980 April 1984
Lt Gen Zahid Ali Akbar Khan, April 1984 May 1987
Lt Gen Imran Ullah Khan May 1987 June 1991
Lt Gen Ghulam Muhammad Malik June 1991 October 1995
Lt Gen Ali Kuli Khan Khattak October 1995 May 1997
Lt Gen Saleem Haider May 1997 October 1998
Lt Gen Mahmud Ahmed October 1998 October 1999
Lt Gen Jamshaid Gulzar, November 1999 October 2001
Lt Gen Syed Arif Hassan October 2001 October 2003
Lt Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani October 2003 October 2004
Lt Gen Salahuddin Satti October 2004 November 2006
Lt Gen Tariq Majid November 2006 October 2007
Lt Gen Mohsin Kamal October 2007 October 2008
Lt Gen Tahir Mahmood October 2008 May 2010
Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz Khan May 2010 August 2013
Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, August 2013 October 2015
Lt Gen Malik Zafar Iqbal, October 2015 December 2016
Lt Gen Nadeem Raza, December 2016 August 2018
Lt Gen Bilal Akbar August 2018 Present

Order of battle

The Corps HQ is stationed in Rawalpindi, however its subordinate formations and units are mostly deployed in Kashmir.


  1. ^ X Corps

Further reading

  • Brain Cloughley, A History of Pakistan Army

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