XXX Corps (Pakistan)

The XXX Corps (30 Corps), known as Triple X Corps, is a corps of Pakistan Army currently assigned in Gujranwala, Punjab Province. The Corps is a major and integral part of the army, along with PAF's Eastern Air Command and Navy's Eastern Naval Command. It is currently commanded by Lt Gen Asim Munir Ahmed Shah.

30th Corps (Pakistan)
Active1987 - present
Country Pakistan
Allegiance Pakistan Army
BranchActive Duty
TypeArmy Corps
RoleCombined arms formation
Tactical headquarters element
Size30,000+ approximategly (though this may vary as units are rotated)
HQ/Command Control HeadquarterGujranwala, Punjab Province
Nickname(s)Triple X Corps, Gujranwala Corps[1]
Colors IdentificationRed, White and Green
   
EngagementsIndo-Pakistani War of 1999
India-Pakistan Standoff
DecorationsMilitary Decorations of Pakistan Military
Commanders
Corps CommanderLt Gen Muhammad Amir
Chief of StaffBrigadier Ghazafi
Notable
commanders
Gen Raheel Sharif
Lt Gen Javed Ashraf Qazi
Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch
Lt Gen Nadeem Taj

The vital area, which connects Pakistan's Punjab with parts of Indian Occupied Kashmir (extending from Jehlum to Narowal), has always been of strategic importance; the place was the site of major battles in both 1965 and 1971. Traditionally, this area had been held by I Corps. That corps already had offensive duties, and the task of defending this area was being neglected by the corps HQ.

To improve the situation, it was decided to raise another corps headquarters to look after this area. Thus the XXX Corps was raised and given the command of both new raisings and units and formations detached from I Corps, which was then dedicated to offensive tasks.[2]

Since the beginnings of an anti-India insurgency in Kashmir, the Line of Control has been an active operational zone. The corps has been deployed along its sector of the LOC and engaged in operations since 1989.

StructureEdit

Its present order of battle is as follows:[3]

Structure of XXX Corps
Corps Corps HQ Corps Commander Assigned Units Unit HQ
XXX Corps
Lt.Gen Muhammad Amir
Artillery Division U/I Location
15th Infantry Division Sialkot
8th Infantry Division, Sialkot
54th Independent Infantry Brigade Sialkot
2nd Independent Armoured Brigade U/I Location
Independent Anti-tank Brigade U/I Location
Independent Engineering Brigade U/I Location
Independent Signal Brigade U/I Location

List of CommandersEdit

Lieutenant-General
 
 
Commander XXX Corps Term Start Term End
Muhammad Amir October 2021 Present
Asim Munir Ahmed Shah June 2019 October 2021
Aamir Abbasi, December 2017 june 2019
Ikram Ul Haq, September 2015 December 2017
Ghayur Mahmood, October 2014 September 2015
Salim Nawaz, July 2013 October 2014
Muzammil Hussain, October 2012 July 2013
Raheel Sharif, October 2010 October 2012
Jamil Haider, April 2010 October 2010
Nadeem Taj, October 2008 April 2010
Waseem Ahmad Ashraf, April 2007 October 2008
Anis Ahmed Abbasi, September 2005 April 2007
Mohammad Sabir, October 2004 September 2005
Javed Hassan, January 2004 October 2004
Munir Khan, March 2003 January 2004
Faiz Jilani Malik, October 2001 March 2003
Abdul Qadir Baloch, January 2001 October 2001
Agha Jehangir Khan, April 1998 January 2001
Naeem Akbar Khan, March 1997 April 1998
Ziauddin Butt, February 1996 March 1997
Javed Ashraf Qazi, August 1995 February 1996
Mohammad Tariq, May 1993 August 1995
Hamid Niaz, May 1992 May 1993
Chaudhry Sardar Ali, November 1990 May 1992
Pir Dad Khan, March 1988 November 1990
Imtiaz Waraich, July 1987 March 1988

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New corps commanders for Rawalpindi and Gujranwala". Dawn.
  2. ^ Ravi Rikhye,Pakistan Army Divisions Archived November 7, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Global Security website page on XXX Corps