The X Corps is an active military administrative 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.
|Active||1974 – present|
|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|
The Pindi Corps
|Colors Identification||Red, White and yellow
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
1999 Pakistani coup d'état
|Decorations||Military Decorations of Pakistan Military|
|Corps Commander||Lt Gen Nadeem Raza|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Corps HQ is stationed in Rawalpindi, however its subordinate formations and units are mostly deployed in Kashmir.