Thursday, December 9, 2010

Nishan-e-Imtiaz Military for General Wayne

 President Asif Ali Zardari conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, at a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadar.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pakistan Army Incorporates Google Map Maker Data into Flood Response Efforts

The recent unprecedented floods in Pakistan have wrecked havoc in the country, displacing 
millions of people, destroying their livelihoods and affecting critical communication, health 
and education infrastructures.
It is often said that response to any natural disaster starts with a map. Pakistan Army 
established a Geographic Information System and has complemented the efforts with data 
from Google Map Maker to better coordinate the flood relief operations. Since the formal 
launch of Google Map Maker in Pakistan in 2008, Pakistani citizens have posted more 
localized information and data through this service than any other country. At present 
thousands of points of interests are available in Google Map Maker. To better coordinate 
the flood relief operations, this information is highly valuable in a disaster situation like 
floods in Pakistan and has proved beneficial in Pakistan Army’s efforts to update existing 
information, locate infrastructure in rural places and establish the extent of damages.  
Google has also launched flood specific online services, which have resulted in better 
coordination of efforts by other governmental departments and NGO’s as well as over 1 million 
US dollar in aid to different NGO’s working on ground in Pakistan.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Brig.Anwar-Ul-Haq Shaheed GHQ Martyred

Hanan-Ul-Haq Son of Great Brig.Anwar-ul-Haq Shaheed shared with us about his father

He was DMI S & CI (Director Military Intelligence Security & Counter Intelligence) & 
on tht day he was on SIQ Leave but he was gone to the office & at the moment 
he was chairing a security meeting when all this firing took place he came out of his 
office with wireless controller in his hand, going to the control room to have a look at 
what's going on
on his way he was face to face with a terrorist who asked about the 
COAS office & he refused to give any info,then my father inquired him & told him 
that Im ur bose so you have to follow me,then the terrorist asked to sit on on his 
knees but my father refused to do so, so after having a 10 or 12 minutes conversation, 
the terrorist opened the fire in form of burst & so he got 4 out of 5 bullet on his body, 
one he got on his chest tearing the GHQ card, suddenly he falls on ground
upto doctors, he recieved Shahdat before touching the ground,
later on he was taken to the control room by some officers & then he 
was taken to the CMH (from gate 3) in Bullet proof Vehicle which GHQ had.

We salute you Sir, We salute your family.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pakistan Kis Ka Hai

Raat apnay par phaila chuki thi
Is raat men 2 saaye bina koi awaz paida kiye agay barhtay ja rahay thay
aik jaga par rukay, 
yahan say un men say aik ki agli manzil shuru honi thi,
Un men say
Wo bohat khoob soorat thi, bohat masoomiat thi us kay chehray pay,
Jitni wo shakal say masoom nazar aati thi, wo utni hi khtarnaak thi,
Wo is dunia ki sab say bari dhokay baaz Qom, Hindustan ki agency RAW
Ki jasoos thi,Jo Pakistan cross karnay k liye border k kadray mehfooz 
hissay pay mojood thi, magar apnay Instructer k sath,
Instructer nay uss ki janib daikha aur bola
"Suno Neha, main akhri baar tumhen yaad dila dun, kay tum apnay bharat daish
k liye sab kuch qurban ja rai ho, tumhen un siyasat dano k naam achi tarah Zehan nasheen honay chahyen, agay ka sara plan mukamal hai k tumhen kab aur kahan kon milega aur kaisay tumhen
support karega
Magar meri aik Baat yaad rakhna
"Pakistan ki agenceis k sath sath aam awaam say mohtaat rehna, 
Ye Josheeli Qom hai, Kisi bhi baray afsar, ya baray siaysat daan k samnay jatay huay tumhen ghabrahat nhi honi chahye, han in ki aam awaam say bach kay rehna, Janti ho kiun? Is liye k
main in Pakistanio ki nafsiyaat janta hun,Pakistan inhi Ghareeb logon ka hai, aur inho nay hi isay banaya tha, hamari hindustanio ki khush kismati yeh hai k pakistan kay liye mohabbat inhe ghareeb logon kay dil men hai, Jo apnay say taqat war magar wo bina pakistan ki mohabbat k hen, aisay ameer
logon ka kuch nhi kar satay"
Larki nay Asbaat men sar hilaya aur apnay kadam agay barha diye...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Meet Saira Amin; PAF Sword of Honor Winner

The coveted Sword of Honour for best all-round performance was claimed by Aviation Cadet Saira Amin, who made history by being the first woman pilot to have won the Sword of Honour in any defence academy of Pakistan. The passing out parade of the 117th GD (P) course, which includes thesecond batch of three women pilots, was held at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy, Risalpur Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed, PAF chief of air staff, was the chief guest. The trophy for best performance in general service training and the Chief of Air Staff Trophy for best performance in flying were lifted by Aviation Cadet Squadron Under Officer Nadir Ali. The Asghar Hussain Trophy for best performance in academics was achieved by Aviation Cadet Saira Amin. Squadron No 3 received the Quaid-e-Azam Banner for being the championsquadron.
I had always thought that Inayat Hussain Bhatti’s 1965 song, jang khed nai zananian di (‘war is not thesport of women’) was a ratehr silly song. I guess Ms. Amin is also not a fan of that song. I wish her the very best, although I do also wish that neither she nor anyone else – man or woman – has to actually go to war to demonstrate the silliness of Mr. Bhatti’s histrionics.

JF-17 to jolt aviation market, says Air Chief

Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF)
said on Tuesday that Pakistan-China joint production JF-17 Thunder fighter jet brought 
prospects in the international aviation market.
“It has many added features which make it much more attractive than any other fighter
aircraft of its category,” said the air chief.
“A low price tag and much less maintenance and operational cost compared to the
other planes of its class make it attractive for the buyers,” he said while talking to the
media after attending the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition t
hat would continue here at China’s southern coastal city neighboring Macau,
till November 21.
During the six-day exhibition, 35 countries and regions are participating.
Chinese Vice PM Zhang Dejiang was the Chief Guest at the show
Former Prime Minister Li Peng and PLA Air Chief and senior party leaders 
were also present on this occasion.
Pakistan, having the second biggest fleet of aircraft after host China,
is participating for the first time in this exhibition. As many as ten K-8 trainer
aircraft and three JF-17 fighters are taking part in the show that demonstrates
the all-weather and time-tested friendship between the two countries.
While talking about the plane, the air chief commented that it has all state-of-the-art
He particularly mentioned its supreme avionics essential for a modern combat aircraft.
“There is likely to be big demand of this type of aircraft in the international market,
as it meets all the requirements that are needed by a modern air force,
at a very affordable price,” he said.
To a question regarding boosting the cooperation between Pakistan Air Force and China,
Rao Suleman said the two brotherly neighboring countries had a long history of
cooperation i
n all fields particularly defence.
He expressed the confidence that with the passage of time these bonds of friendsip
would further consolidate.
App adds: Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan said this air show has
Pakistan-China relations. “Today is a great day for both Pakistan and China”, he said.
demonstration was spectacular as well as professional, he added.
“Three JF-17 fighter planes are participating in this air show. One of these has been put on
display for general public as well as for prospective buyers while others are performing
Another manifestation of this friendship was that immediately after the-state-of-art J-10
aerobatics by PLA Air Force, PAF pilots were invited to demonstrate their aerobatic skills
on the JF-17 Thunder.
As the single-seat, fighter plane appeared for the first time in the Chinese skies,
the pilot stunned thousands of spectators with a spectacular show of aerobatics that lasted
for nearly ten minutes.
Another attraction of the day was the formation aerobatic show by PAF Sherdils,
on China made K-8 trainer aircraft, which also mesmerized the audience.
Replying to a question, the Sherdil pilots regarded K-8 planes as stable, fuel efficient and fitted
 with best performing turbo engine.
With an exhibition area approaching 23,000 square meters, the show has attracted about 
600 exhibitors and is showcasing nearly 70 commercial and military aircraft of different models.
To mark the importance of this event, the Air Force of People’s Liberation Army of China
also put on display a series of aircraft which participated in the 60th National Day Parade on October 1, 2009.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani offering Eid congregation alongwith senior serving and retired military officers at Ashra Mubashra Mosque Chaklala today

Rawalpindi - November 17, 2010: 

Special Dua for the unity, 
solidarity and sovereignty of Pakistan was offered at 
Eid congregations in all military garrisons and establishments as the 
Pakistan Armed Forces joined the nation for thanks giving on the occasion of Eid ul Azha.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, 
General Khalid Shameem Wynne alongwith other high r
anking military and civil officials offered Eid prayers at Joint Staff Headquarters' 
Mosque. The congregation offered special prayers for the solidarity and prosperity of
The largest Eid congregation at Rawalpindi was held at Ashra Mubashra 
Mosque Chaklala which was attended by Chief of Army Staff, 
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani 
and large number of senior serving and retired military officers, 
junior commissioned officers and jawans.      

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM)

United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM)

Established to assist the Government of Angola and the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA) in restoring peace and achieving national reconciliation on the basis of the Peace Accords for Angola, signed on 31 May 1991, the Lusaka Protocol signed on 20 November 1994, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

UNAVEM I (January 1989--May 1991) verified the total 
withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola. UNAVEM I 
I(June 1991--February 1995) verified the peace 
arrangements agreed by the Angolan Government 
and UNITA, in accordance with the Peace 
Accords for Angola, and was later called upon to 
observe and verify the elections held in 
September 1992. After renewed fighting broke out 
between Government and UNITA forces in the 
aftermath of the elections, UNAVEM II continued 
its presence in Angola at reduced strength.
The signing of the Lusaka Protocol on 20 November 
1994 marked a new stage in the Angolan peace process. 
The Protocol consisted of a number of documents, 
each relating to a particular issue on the agenda 
of the peace talks, covering legal, military, police 
and political issues, as well as the role for the United Nations.
On 1 February 1995, the Secretary-General 
recommended to the Security Council that UNAVEM 
III take over from UNAVEM II to help the parties 
restore peace and achieve national reconciliation. 
On 8 February, the Security Council authorized the 
establishment of UNAVEM III with a maximum strength 
of 7,000 troops and military support personnel, 350 
military observers, 260 police observers and some 
420 internationally recruited civilian staff, 300 locally 
recruited staff and 75 United Nations Volunteers. 
The date envisaged by the Council for the completion 
of the UNAVEM III mandate was February 1997.
Notwithstanding many positive developments, 
the implementation process fell substantially 
behind schedule, and the lack of mutual trust 
between the Government and UNITA jeopardized 
the attainment of lasting peace. In its resolution 
1075 of 11 October 1996, the Security Council 
emphasized that continuing delays and unfilled promises, 
in particular on the part of UNITA, 
in implementing the successive timetables f
or the completion of key military and political 
issues were no longer acceptable.
After UNITA submitted a list of tasks which it had 
to fulfil by 15 November 1996 (later extended to 
20 November), UNAVEM III prepared a 
comprehensive implementation timetable, 
encompassing all pending military, 
police and political tasks to be completed 
by both parties. In his report to the Council of 
19 November 1996, the Secretary-General stated 
that the agreement on a consolidated timetable for 
the completion of the pressing tasks had brought the 
most urgent issues into focus. Some progess 
had been made, but the implementation of the timetable 
was still lagging behind.
In the meantime, in light of the envisaged date for t
he completion of the mandate, plans for the start 
of the orderly and phased drawdown of UNAVEM III 
were finalized. Those plans include the withdrawal by 
the end of December 1996 of four United Nations infantry 
and support units, with a total strength of between 600 to 
700 personnel.
On 30 June, the Security Council decided to establish, 
as of 1 July, the United Nations Observer Mission in 
Angola (MONUA). The new follow-on mission would 
replace UNAVEM III. In a unanimous vote on Monday, the 
Council also decided that the initial mandate of the new 
mission would end on 31 October 1997. The Council strongly 
urged the Government of Angola and, in particular, the National 
Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) to 
complete without delay the remaining political and military 
aspects of the peace process, including, among other things, 
the normalization of State administration throughout the 
territory of Angola, the transformation of the UNITA radio 
station into a non-partisan broadcasting facility, and the 
transformation of UNITA into a political party. Appealing to b
oth parties to refrain from any use of force which 
could obstruct the full implementation of the peace process, 
the Council "strongly urged the parties to complete 
the registration and demobilization of all remaining military 
elements, the elimination of all obstacles to free circulation 
of people and goods, and the disarmament of the civilian population".
  • 13 March 95 to 1997
  • 10x Military Observers

Monday, November 15, 2010

Promotions for 23 Brigadiers

Twenty three Brigadiers of the Pakistan Army were promoted to the rank of Major General on Monday.
The promotions were made during a meeting of the Army Promotion Board presided by Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

  1. Iftikhar Wyne
  2. Naveed Mukhtar
  3. Sadiq Ali
  4. Ijaz Shahid
  5. Maqsood Abbasi
  6. Farhan Javed Bokhari
  7. Amir Azim Bajwa
  8. M. Iqbal Assi
  9. TariqGhafoor
  10. Abid Nazir
  11. Hadiat Arif Warriach
  12. Zafar Iqbal
  13. Anwar Ali Haider
  14. Sajjad Rasool
  15. Shahid Baig Mirza
  16. Asim Bajwa
  17. M. Tauqir Ahmed
  18. Waqar Ahmed
  19. Akhtar Waheed
  20. Salman Ali
  21. Muhammad Ahmed

Pak Army is imparting specialized Anti Terrorizes Training to Police/Passing Out

Rawalpindi - November 15, 2010: 

Pak Army is continuously imparting specialized Anti Terrorizes 
Training to other law enforcement agencies for establishing 
effective security mechanism. This training is 
an ongoing process in accordance with the directive of 
COAS General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani.
An impressive passing out parade of Police personnel 
who have been successfully imparted with tailor-made 
Anti Terrorism Training was held at Padhar Training 
Center near Jhelum. 
Brigadier Atif Zahid Khokhar reviewed the parade 
and emphasized the significance of specialized 
skills to combat the prevailing menace of terrorism. 
Later, the Chief Guest awarded prizes to those
 Policemen who distinguished themselves from 
others during the training period. First prize was awarded to Constable lmtiaz Ali for being 
overall best in all the training events. Constable Luqman Shahzad won the 2nd 
prize while ASI Qaisar Mehmood secured the 3rd position.   

Friday, November 12, 2010

French ambassador to Pakistan called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne

Mr. Daniel JOUANNEAU, French ambassador to Pakistan called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne at Joint Staff Headquarters on Friday

General James N. Mattis, Commander United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne at Joint Staff Headquarters on Friday

General James N. Mattis, Commander United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Khalid Shameem Wynne at Joint Staff Headquarters, Chaklala. General Mattis congratulated General Wynne on assuming the appointment of CJCSC and discussed regional security situation including situation in Afghanistan, progress on effort against terrorism and Pak-US bilateral military cooperation. CJCSC appreciated the role played by US military in the recent flood relief activities.
    Later H.E Mr. Daniel JOUANNEAU, French ambassador to Pakistan also called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Khalid Shameem Wynne and exchanged views on the regional security environment and other matters of mutual interest.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armoured Corps Of Pakistan Army

This perilous journey from Ahmednagar to Nowshera commenced with the announcement of independence of Pakistan as made by Quaid-i -Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. On  the same day, the Pakistan Armoured Corps was born. At that time, there was no Armoured Corps training institution in any area which later on became part of Pakistan. All such training institutions were located at four different places in India. These are:-
  • Armoured Corps Officers Training School at Ahmednagar.
  • Armoured Corps Training Centre No.1 at Lucknow.
  • Armoured Corps Training Centre No.2 at Ferozepur.
  • Armoured Corps Training Centre No.3 at Babina.
Under the Independence Act, it was decided that the Indian Army, including the Armoured Corps, will be divided at the ratio of 2:1 between India and Pakistan. The Armoured Corps School at Ahmednagar had to stay with India, and the Muslim instructors were allowed to opt for the newly born state of Pakistan. In addition, the training equipment at the School was also to be distributed as per the decided ratio. To carry out this colossal task of distribution, a board composed of British, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu officers was constituted under the chairmanship of Brigadier Gimson, who was the Commandant of the Armour School at that time. On similar lines, other boards were constituted, for all other training Centres.  
After the arrival of Mountbatten, as Viceroy of India, the partition date was announced. Time was precariously short. The C-in-C, Field Marshall Sir Claude Auchinleck and his staff produced the plan for the division of the Army. The division of the Indian Armoured Corps was based upon the principle that regiments with ethnic majorities would be allotted to their respective ethnicities. Pakistan's share was 6 regiments, (5 H, 6 L, 11 C, 13 L, 19 Land Scinde Horse). Since Guides had one Dogra and one Sikh squadron, it was allotted to India. Scinde Horse with one KK (Khaim Khani) and one Pathan squadron was earmarked for Pakistan. Because of the Guide's association of over 90 years with Mardan, the CO requested for it to be allocated to Pakistan. The C- in- C refused, however, a miraculous freak changed our fate. The KK squadron of Scinde Horse decided to remain in India as their homes in Rajputana were now part of India. This happy decision of the KK squadron brought the Guides to Pakistan. It received the Pathan squadron from Scinde Horse and the PM squadron from Hodson's Horse, giving its Sikh squadron to Hodson's Horse and its Dogra squadron to Scinde Horse.  
"On Partition, the Indian Army retained what was the Centre and School of the Indian Armoured Corps along with a majority of the officer cadre, most of whom were non-Muslims, in accordance with the British policy. Consequently, with very few officers in Armoured Corps, all below the rank of lieutenant colonel, and with the GHQ placing emphasis mostly on the Corps of Infantry, the organization of the Armoured Corps was adversely affected in the initial period preceding Partition. The overall situation was so pathetic that there was no existence of even a Directorate for the Armoured Corps, which is so vital for regulating the affairs and solving the evolutionary problems of the Corps, there being just a Grade-2 staff officer who was a British officer named Major Ritter.
The Armoured Corps Directorate was established at a much later stage when Brigadier Idrees, Commander 3rd Armoured Brigade was appointed Director Armoured Corps and was later replaced with the rank of a Major General. The Armourtd Corps Centre and School were established at Nowshera. Matters at these institutions progressed slowly till Colonel Ihsanullah Babar took over as Commandant, after which things began to improve considerably at a quicker pace as procedures, drills and training policies were streamlined. top

After taking over some share of stores, equipment and funds,assets were moved to Pakistan. Nowshera was selected for the Armoured Corps Centre and School. The advance party arrived at Nowshera in November 1947 and the main body followed a month later. The Sikh Regimental Training Centre and British Military Hospital lines were taken over. Considerable difficulties were experienced both in India and on arrival here, but due to the sheer hard work, initiative and dedication displayed by the officers, junior commissioned officers and soldiers, all difficulties were overcome and the Armoured Corps Centre and School was established at Nowshera Cantonment.
 In April 1948, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah visited this establishment and addressed a Durbar which is an honour for the Armoured Corps. In April 1948, the first attestation parade was held for the first batch of recruits to pass out and since then a steady flow has been maintained.
War Performance 1965 War
13 Lancers 
The regiment acted as the spearhead of the advance in Akhnur Sector of occupied Kashmir and penetrated 23 miles into enemy territory. Fourteen soldiers were martyred, including three officers, while twenty eight were wounded. For these actions the regiment was awarded the battle honour Dewa – Chumb and Jaurian 1965 and was also awarded the title of The Spearhead Regiment.
Guides Cavalry (Frontier Force) 
The regiment, as part of 6 Armoured Division, fought the Battle of Chawinda along Charwa axis. It was ordered to hold and repulse the advancing elements of the Indian 1st Armoured Division on approach Charwa-Phillaura-Chawinda. Later the unit put in a regimental attack on 8 September. As a result, the Indian 16 Cavalry lost 16 tanks and 8 tanks were captured, while the unit lost 4 tanks. In this attack 3 officers of the unit embraced Shahadat. These officers were awarded Sitara-i-Jurat for their gallantry.
6 Lancers 
During this war the regiment operated in the Khem Karan Sector under command 11 Division. It was 6 Lancers that stepped first into Indian territory and under its brave Commanding Officer, Lt Col Sahib Zad Gul, captured Khem Karan, amongst the first Indian towns to be captured by Pakistan. During this war, 2 officers, 11 Non-Commissioned Officers and 7 sowars of the regiment embraced Shahadat, including the Commanding Officer.
 20 Lancers 
During this war, the regiment was under 15 Division in the Sialkot sector. The regiment took part in the defence of Sialkot Cantonment and Dallowali Railway Sataion. Numerous enemy tanks, and other munition were destroyed. Fifteen soldiers of the regiment embraced Shahadat.
 4 Cavalry 
The regiment less reconnaissance troop participated in Indo-Pak War as part of 6 Armoured Brigade ex 1 Armoured Division in Khem Karan Sector. After suffering heavy casualties the regiment captured its objective. The regiment also celebrates 10 September to recall those memories and rejuvenate the sprit that is FOURTH CAVALRY. The reconnaissance troop of the regiment was placed under command 8 Baloch Regiment, and went into action in Chhamb Sector. During this war, 2 Junior ommissioned Officers, 4 Non-Commissioned Officerss and 11 sowars embraced Shahdat. Two officers of the regiment were awarded Sitara-i-Jurats along with Tamgha-i-Jurats to other soldiers of the regiment.
 22 Cavalry 
The regiment saw active field service in Sialkot Sector. It was given the mission of holding the railway line from Gunna Khurd to Rakh Baba Bhureshah, and preventing enemy penetration across the “Black Line” as it was operationally called. The regiment, along with affiliated forces successfully repelled repeated enemy attacks.
 23 Cavalry (Frontier Force) 
The regiment was in the Lahore Sector. On 8-9 September 1965, it took part in the 22 Brigade counter attack across BRBL Canal, from over the North Syphon so as to destroy the enemy and secure the area up to the Grand Trunk Road at Mile 13-14. During the counter attack near Pul Kanjri Distributry, a jeep along with pennon, briefcase and diary of Major General Naranjan Purshad, GOC 15 Indian Division was also captured. During this action, 2 officers, 1 Junior Commissioned Officer and 5 sowars of the regiment embraced Shahadat.
24 Cavalry (Frontier Force) 
Rann of Kutch April 1965 While stationed at Lahore under Headquarters 10 Division, the regiment detached A Squadron for deployment under Headquarters 8 Division in Chhor Sector. Later, A Squadron along with 2 FF, under command 6 Brigade, attacked and captured Biar Bet.
Khem Karan September 1965 The unit was under command 1 Armoured Division at Raiwind. As part of 5 Armoured Brigade, it took part in operations across Rohi Nullah in Kasur Sector. In this operation by significant personal gallantry, Major Khadim Hussain destroyed three enemy tanks with an abandoned recoilless rifle.
 25 Cavalry 
The regiment under command 6 Armoured Division in Chawinda Sector remained in action throughout the 17 days of the war. 8 September was the most crucial day when four Indian divisions spear headed by their First Armoured Division (Fakhar-e-Hind) broke out of village Charwa on three axis. With total disregard to enemy strength, 25 Cavalry repulsed enemy advance by inflicting heavy casualties. The day’s action culminated in capture of the vital ground of Gadgor. The badly mauled enemy leaving his destroyed equipment withdrew towards Chobara. On the next day, the enemy made desperate efforts to dislodge the unit from Gadgor, but the regiment held on till 10 September. The C-in-C Pakistan Army General Muhammad Musa came specially to address the regiment at Pasrur, during which he praised the deeds of the regiment and announced the title of “MEN OF STEEL”, which was later approved by General Headquarter in 1976. The regiment was awarded 5 Sitara-i-Jur'at, 10 Tamgha-i-Jur'at. During this action 2 Junior Commissioned Officerss, 5 Non-Commissioned Officers and 9 soldiers of the regiment embraced shahadat.

1971 War
13th Lancers 
The regiment as part of 8 Independent Armoured Brigade Group, fought in the Shakargrah area of Sialkot Sector and inspite of heavy losses in men and material during counter attack on the enemy bridgehead on 16 December, it stood firm and in the process forced the enemy to withdraw and yield ground. Twenty four personnel were martyred in this action.  The regiment was awarded battle  honour of Bara Pind 1971.
Guides Cavalry (Frontier Force) 
The regiment, as part of 6 Armoured Division, remained dispersed in Sahiwal Jungle for deception, depicting an armoured force with dummy tanks. Later it moved to 33 Division area in Chhor-Umerkot Sector. In this sector 1 Junior Commissioned Officer and 2 Sowars embraced Shahadat due to an enemy air attack.
20 Lancers 
The regiment took part in this war under 8 Division from the border in the north to Road Shakargrah-Zafarwal in the south at Shakargrah Zafarwal Sector. The regiment was tasked to delay the enemy onslaught between Deg Nadi on the west and River Bein on the east for 48 hours but the enemy was delayed for 13/14 days. Sowar Muhammad Hussain embraced Shahadat and earned Nishan-i-Haider for his selfless devotion and extreme act of gallantry, the only person in the Armoured Corps to get this award so far. Sixteen men embraced Shahadat, while forty five got wounded.
 4 Cavalry 
The regiment as part of 11 Division, participated in the war at Hussaini wala sector and captured the given objective, in the Indian territory. The regiment was awarded the battle honour Qaisar-i-Hind 1971. The regiment was awarded two Tamgha-i-Jur'ats and one Sitara-i-Jurat in this operation. One Junior Commissioned Officer and two soldiers of the regiment embraced Shahadat during this war.
 22 Cavalry 
Under command 18 Division in Reti-Rahimyar Khan Sector, the regiment was to spearhead the capture of Jaisalmir Sector. At 1530 hours on 3 December 1971, after long marches for concentration and a day of postponement, the operation commenced. On 5 December, an action was fought by a Squadron at Longanewala and with the help of 38 Baloch Regiment, the enemy was cut off. There after relentless enemy air strikes for most part of the day, resulted in the loss of 17 tanks and fifteen Shaheeds, forcing the regiment to fall back into own territory by early next day.
 23 Cavalry (Frontier Force) 
The regiment saw active field service in Zafarwal Sector. Alongwith companies of 20 Baloch, C Squadron took Part in re-capture of villages Sank and Cheena Bedi Chand.
 24 Cavalry (Frontier Force) 
It was on night 16/17 December that the regiment was ordered to move to forward concentration area and finally placed near village Ramke on the MRL Canal approximately 7-8 miles short of Pasrur
27 Cavalry 
During the war the regiment operated in Narowal –Shakargarh/Zafarwal area as part of 8 Independent Armoured Brigade Group. The regiment took part in the famous battle at Bara Pind and Dharam Enclave. The regiment shot down one Indian aircraft during the siege of Dharam enclave.
 31 Cavalry 
In the 1971 war, the regiment saw action in Sialkot sector as part of 8 Independent Armoured Brigade Group. It was part of the action at Bara Pind near Zafarwal that two officers, one Junior Commissioned Officer, one Non-Commissioned Officer and six sowars embraced Shahadat.
 28 Cavalry 
The regiment, under command 2 Armoured Brigade took a very active part in the capture of Chamb (now Eftikharabad). During the battle, the regiment captured 40 prisoners of war including one major of 9 Jat Battalion, 11 tanks in running condition and vast quantities of arms and ammunition. six Junior Commissioned Officers,  two  Non-Commissioned Officers and 10 sowars embraced Shahadat.
 29 Cavalry 
It is the only Armoured Corps regiment which took part in the fighting in 1971 War in East Pakistan. The regiment was dished out even to troop level. Its troops fought in the areas of Rangpur, Pochagrah, Thakargaon, Dinajpur, Mandalpara, Saidpur, Bahadargang, Hilli, Dogra, Kushtia, Naugaon, Dacca and Narainganj. This was very challenging work in the adverse internal security environments against the Mukti Bahini over a prolonged period, and against numerically superior Indian forces. The chivalrous action of  LD/Clk Ghulam Sarwar, on 16 December 1971 at Bogra shall always be remembered with great pride. He preferred Shahadat over surrender while fighting against an over whelmingly numerically superior enemy. This day is celebrated by the regiment. The regiment was decorated with 5 Sitara-i-Jur'ats, 2 Tamgha-i-Jur'ats for its splendid performance during 1971 war in the former East Pakistan.
 38 Cavalry 
The regiment, under command Headquarters 18 Division fought in the Rajasthan Sector. Regiment less one squadron, that was detached to 55 Brigade at Chhor, was part of the advanced towards Jaisalmir. Despite old and unreliable equipment it marched to Masitwari Bhit and later reached 5 kilometers short of Longane Wala, in India, at about 0700 hours on 5 December 1971. Due to intense enemy air attack, move was restricted only to the hours of darkness. On 9 December 1971 the regiment was ordered to withdraw from area Longane Wala (28 kilometers inside Indian territory) to Masitwari Bhit. During this brief action 1one Junior Commissioned Officer, one Non-Commissioned Officer and two sowars of the regiment embraced Shahadat.
 51 Lancers 
During November 1971 while moving to its operational area in Chishtian Sector the regiment shot down two enemy Hunter aircrafts and captured one of the pilots Flt. Lt Vikrim Singh. During this acting, two sowars of the regiment embraced shahadat. Sitara-i-Jur'at was awarded to Maj Tariq Baig (Commanding Officer Train) and Tamgha-i-Jur'at was awarded to Sowar Ghulam Abbas posthumously. The regiment was also given the title of Silver Eagles.
Shaheeds of Armoured Corps
UN Peace Keeping Mission
Following regiments of Armoured Corps have participated in United Nations Mission for peace keeping:-
13 Lancers
The regt was sent to “Eastern Slovenia” in 1996 as the part of United Nations Peace Mission. It is also a great honour for 13th lancers that it was the first Armoured Regiment, which was sent to United Nations Peace Missions to Europe.
19 Lancers
Initially one squardon was detailed for United Nations Mission in July 1993. Later, on 28th March the complete regiment was deputed to Somalia for subj mission. The regiment  came back in February 1995. 
The Armoured Corps Centre
The Muslim element of the Indian Armoured Corps Centres at LUCKNOW, BABINA and AHMED NAGAR formed the nucleus of the Pakistan Armoured Corps Training Regiment. After collecting a token share of stores, equipment and funds they moved to Nowshera – Pakistan. The advance parties arrived in August 1947 while the main parties followed a month later. The Sikh Regimental Training Centre and British Military Hospital Lines were occupied. Needless to say that considerable difficulties were experienced both in India and on arrival in Pakistan, but due to remarkable patience and energy displayed by all ranks, the obstacles were sur-mounted with the untiring efforts and hard work of those few who laid the foundations of this elite corps.
On 13th April 1948, the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah visited the AC Centre and addressed a durbar which is a unique honour and cannot be claimed by many in Pakistan.  He spoke about cavalry as:-
Quaid-e-Azam Said
Cavalry has always been the spearhead of the army. This is no less true in these days of mechanization that it was in the days of horses. To carry out their role cavalry must have the very best in officers and men. Whether they do in fact attain this level depends very largely on you. You produce the recruit and turn him out as trained soldier. Upon this training and teaching depends the efficiency of the Armoured Corps as a whole”
The proof of combat efficiency of the corps was the action taken in 1948 during Kashmir War. Later the major operational participation by Armoured Corps was during Indo-Pak War of September 1965.  It stood the test in a most splendid and praiseworthy manner. The men fought with valour and determination unparalleled in recent history. Many laid down their lives for the country.  A total of 53 gallantry awards were bestowed upon Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Soldiers of the Corps in recognition of their deeds in the battle field including the most coveted gallantry award of Nishan-e-Haider. Over sixty Imtiazi Sands were also awarded to the personnel of the Corps.  After the Indo-Pak War 1965, a few more regiments were raised / re-organised.
During the War of 1971 individual regiments took part in Chammb and Sind.  Again the regiments came upto the expectations and proved once again that Pakistan Armoured Corps is a force to reckon with.
The equipment has now changed much, to include some of the latest of the family of tanks. What’s more, a high standard of training has been achieved at all levels. The Armoured Corps Stands today as most hard-hitting, mobile force ready to perform its role for the defence of Pakistan both in peace and War.
The Corps has since grown in size to the extent that it would barely be recongisable to the founding fathers of 1947. This besides other factors has only been possible due to vigorous efforts of the Armoured Corps Centre in maintaining a steady flow of manpower to be absorbed in different Armour Regiments.
 Armoured Corps Records
 Armourd Corps Records was established in 1947, since then, it has been managing voluminous data relating to serving and retired personnel. Armoured Corps Records functions in close collaboration with Armourd Corps Centre under the overall guidance of the Centre Commandant who is also Officer Incharge Records with its computerized systems the access to data has been facilitated to quite on extent. 
Armoured Corps Mess. Armoured Corps Officers Mess, Nowshera is located on river bank of Kabul. The location is the same as was the original men.  The construction of new mess was completed in 1980 and was inaugurated by the President ofPakistan General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (late) on 2 November 1980. Due to its unique location and beautiful lawns alongwith a picturesque view of the river, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful mess of the Pakistan Army. This mess can hold upto 1000-1200 guests at one time in its lawns.       

Honour and Awards (Nishan-e-Haider).
 Number 1028148 Sowar Muhammad Hussain ShaheedNishan-i-Haider, was born on 18 January 1949 at DhokePir Bakhsh. His father Roze Ali was an agriculturist by profession. Sowar Muhammad Hussain joined the army at the age of seventeen years and got training as a driver in the Armoured Corps Centre, later he joined 20 Lancers on 23 May 1967. During the 1971 War, Sowar Muhammad Hussain embraced Shahadat and was awarded Nishan-i-Haider, the highest gallantry award of Pakistan Army, posthumously, on 17 January 1972. Till now he is the sole recipient of this award in the Armoured Corps.

Sowar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed (NISHAN-E-HAIDER) Boys Hostel.
Sowar Muhamad Hussain Shaheed (NISHAN-E-HAIDER) Boys Hostel was established in October 1992 to give free education to male children of Shaheed, deceased, war wounded and retired / serving Junior Commissioned Officers / Soldiers of the Armoured Corps on merit. Initially the numbers of students were 40, which was subsequently to 82. Students from class 6th to Intermediate are eligible for admission in the Hostel. All expenses on account of boarding, lodging, medical treatment, books, stationary, school and extra coaching fee etcetera are borne by the Armoured Corps Centre.           


 Colonel In Chiefs
a.        Colonel In Chiefs
Date of Appointment

Mr Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
Shamim Alam Khan, NI(M), S.J., S.Bt
Jehangir Karamat, NI(M), T.Bt
Muhammad Yusaf Khan
Ahsan Saleem Hayat, NI(M)

b.        Colonel Commandants
Date of Appointment
Muhammad Yousaf
Major General
Sarfraz Khan
Lieutenant Colonel
Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, S.Pk
Muhammad Zia Ul Haq
Lieutenant General
Alam Jan Mahsud, HI(M), T.Bt
Lieutenant General
Jehangir Karamat, NI(M), T.Bt
Lieutenant General
Muhammad Maqbool, HI(M), T.Bt
Lieutenant General
Hamid Javed
Lieutenant General
Javed Alam Khan
Lieutenant General
Muhammad Hamid Khan, HI (M), S.Bt

Sowar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed (NISHAN-E-HAIDER) Boys Hostel.
 Sowar Muhamad Hussain Shaheed (NISHAN-E-HAIDER) Boys Hostel was established in October 1992 to give free education to male children of Shaheed, deceased, war wounded and retired / serving Junior Commissioned Officers / Soldiers of the Armoured Corps on merit. Initially the numbers of students were 40, which was subsequently to 82. Students from class 6th to Intermediate are eligible for admission in the Hostel. All expenses on account of boarding, lodging, medical treatment, books, stationary, school and extra coaching fee etcetera are borne by the Armoured Corps Centre.           

            Following amendments may please be made under the heading of courses:-
The Courses
Tactical Wing Course
Junior Staff Course (JSC)
10 weeks
Twice a year
Mid Career Course (MCC)
10 weeks
Twice a year
Basic Young Officer Course
22 weeks
Twice a year
Technical Officers Course (TOs)
16 weeks
Once a year
Armament Instructor
12 weeks
Once a year
Communication Instructors
Course (CI)
10 weeks
Once a year
Armament Instructor
12 weeks
Twice a year
Junior commissioned Officer/Non commissioned Officer
Communication Instructors
Course (CI)
12 weeks
Twice a year
Junior commissioned Officer/
Non commissioned Officer
Driving & Maintenance Instructor Course (D&M)
12 weeks
Twice a year
Junior commissioned Officer/Non commissioned Officer
Junior Non Commissioned Officer Course (JNC)
8 weeks
Twice a year
Non commissioned officers
Advance Leadership Course (ALC)
8 weeks
Twice a year
Senior Non commissioned officers

Selection Criteria
Basic Young Officers Course (YO)

  • ASP within 1 year of  service.
  • Must have attended at least one collective training/training cycle camp.
  • Officers standard map reading.
Junior Staff Course (JSC) and Mid Career Course (MCC)
Service          -           5 - 6 years

            Officers who have already attended 1x Technical Instructor Course i.e             TOs, CI or AI.
Technical Officers (TOs), Communication Instructor (CI) and Armament Instructor (AI) Course

Service          -           2 - 7 years

  • Armoured Corps/ Mechanised Infantry Battalion Officers having obtained minimum BEE (B) grade in basic course.
  • Other arms officers must have obtained minimum BEE (B) grade in the Young Officers’ Basic Course.
  • Should be in possession of military driving license for TOs Course only.

Junior Commissioned Officer/ Non Commissioned Officer Course Criteria
1.         Junior Non Commissioned Officer Course    
a.         Service Limit             6-13 Years     (or within two years of promotion                                                                           to present rank)
b.         Incentive         -           Promotion examination and Technical trade                                                        test exempted.
2.         Advance Leadership Course
a.         Service Limit             8-18 Years    
b.         Incentive         -           Only promotion cadre will be exempted.
3.         Driving & Maintenance Instructor Course
a.         Service Limit
(1)       Naib /Risaldar             With in 2 years of promotion.
(2)       Daffadar/ Lance Daffadar/Acting Lance Daffadar5-15 Years        
4.         Armament Instructor Course
a.         Service Limit
(1)       Naib /Risaldar.         With in 2 years of promotion.
(2)       Daffadar.  7-18 Years
(3)       Lance Daffadar/Acting Lance Daffadar.  5-18 Years 
5.         Communication Instructor Course
a.         Service Limit
(1)       Naib /Risaldar.         With in 2 years of promotion.
(2)       Daffadar.  7-18 Years
(3)       Lance Daffadar/Acting Lance Daffadar.  5-18 Years