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IV Corps (Pakistan)

The IV Corps is a 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 Majid Ehsan.[2]

IV Corps
Flag of Pakistan's IV Corps.gif
ActiveJune 1965[1] - Present
Country Pakistan
Allegiance Pakistan Army
BranchActive Duty
TypeArmy Corps
RoleCombined arms formation
Tactical headquarters element
Size50,000 approximately (though this may vary as units are rotated)
HQ/Command Control HeadquarterLahore, Punjab Province
Nickname(s)Lahore Corps
Colors IdentificationRed, White and Silver
            
AnniversariesNovember of 1965
EngagementsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
DecorationsMilitary Decorations of Pakistan Military
Commanders
Corps CommanderLt Gen Majid Ehsan
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

HistoryEdit

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 (the I 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.[3]

1965 WarEdit

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,[4] and its performance was deemed to have been the decisive factor in the battle.[5][6]

The headquarters of this corps was inaugurated in January 1966 and Lieutenant General Attiqur Rahman was appointed as the first corps commander.[1]

1971 WarEdit

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 corps commandersEdit

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
1 Lt Gen Attiqur Rahman January 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 January 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 Lodhi March 1980 March 1980
8 Lt Gen Mohammad Aslam Shah March 1984 March 1986
9 Lt Gen Alam Jan Masud March 1986 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 Shafat Ullah Shah October 2005 March 2008
19 Lt Gen Izaz Ahmed Bakshi 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 Naweed Zaman September 2013 September 2015
23 Lt Gen Sadiq Ali September 2015 September 2017
24 Lt Gen Aamer Riaz September 2017 December 2018
25 Lt Gen Majid Ehsan December 2018 Present

Order of battleEdit

The corps order of battle is.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b A Stranger in my own country:East Pakistan (1969-71), by Maj Gen (Retd) Khadim Hussain Raja
  2. ^ "Lt Gen Majid Ehsan appointed corps commander Lahore: ISPR". dawn.com. December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ The Pakistan Army-War 1965-Shaukat Riza-Army Education Press-1984
  4. ^ 50 years of the Regiment of Artllery
  5. ^ Battle of Chawinda Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ History of Indo-Pak War of 1965. Lt Gen Mahmud Ahmed (ret) ISBN 969-8693-01-7, Chapter oo Chawinda Battle
  7. ^ Global Security Page on IV Corps
  8. ^ Brig (Retd) ZA KHAN, The Way It Was - 1
  9. ^ https://tribune.com.pk/story/1518586/bajwa-replaces-riaz-commander-southern-command/