Pakistan for Indian set-up of administration in Army

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Jammu, Feb 10 (UNI) Pakistan has planned to set up Army Commands on India's pattern to further streamline the administration in its largest military force, a step that would also help it ''retain'' the superannuating commanders for some more years, sources said.

''Creation of three Army Commands, like that in India, is being considered by Pakistan to enhance its operational effectiveness and deal with internal political and security challenges,'' the sources told UNI.

Setting up of Commands would be a significant move for Pakistan, which is facing security as well as political upheavels.

''Division of labour (having more governing bodies for delegation of orders) always yields better results,'' the sources said.

Pakistan will bring its various Army Corps under either of the proposed -- Northern Command, Central Command and Southern Command-- the sources added.

It has been proposed to bring the Mangla-headquartered I Corps (also known as Army Reserve North), IV Corps (Lahore) and XXX Corps (Gujaranwala) under the Central Command, while Multan-based II Corps, Karachi-headquartered V Corps and XII Corps from Quetta (Baluchistan) will come under the responsibility of Southern Command, the sources said.

Similarly, Rawalpindi-based X Corps, XI Corps, headquartered at Peshawar in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and areas above river Chenab, will come under the responsibility of the proposed Northern Command, the sources said.

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