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Pakistan Army Corps of Signals
File:Military College of Signals.JPG
Size 45,000 (vary, as troops are rotated)
Headquarters/Garrison Generals Combatant Headquarter (GHQ)
Nickname(s) Sigs - Kabutars
Patron Colonel Commandant Major General retired S.A. Bilal
Motto(s) Tez-o-Yaqini
Speed and Reliability
Color Identifications Light blue, dark blue and green
Engagements Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
War in North-West Pakistan
UN East-Timor Missions
Bosnian War
Pakistan war in Afghanistan
First SO-in-C MGen Obedur Rehman
Signal Officer-in-Chief (SO-in-C)
Ceremonial chief MGen Waqar Ahmed
Signal Officer-in-Chief (SO-in-C)
LGen Naseem Rana
MGen R. "Bill" Cawthome

The Pakistan Army Corps of Signals (Urdu: ﺁرمى سيگنل كور; Army Signal Core, is an active combatant military administrative staff corps and a major intelligence and science and technology command of Pakistan Army.[1] The corps core objectives includes the research and development, tests, and manage the military communications and information systems support for the command and control of combined arms forces.[1]

Initially part of Indian Army Corps of Signals which was established by Royal Engineers in 1911, its members and officers closely allied itself with Royal Corps of Signals, actively participated shoulder-to-shoulder in World War II, at a time when Germany invaded Great Britain.[2] It came to existence on 14 August 1947, when Indian Army Corps of Signals was divided into two parts by the British Government, with one part remaining in India while other units formed what is now known as Corps of Signals in Pakistan. It was the brain-child of British Army's intelligence officer Major-General R. Cawthome who also founded and established the premier ISI in 1948.[2] The Corps was supplemented with Royal Corps of Signals officers to assist into building the Corps to working strength.[2] As soon as the Pakistan Army's signal officer were trained, the officer quickly replaced the British signal officers and closely allied the Corps with U.S. Army Signal Corps where the U.S. Signal Corps furthered privded advanced military training to Corps of Signals.[2][3]

Major. General. Obedur Rehman was the first SO-in-C of the Corps of Signals. On March 23, 1956, the Corps was re-designed as Corps of Signals, and more objectives were made responsible to Corps.[2][3] In 1948, the Corps established the Military College of Signals to train the personnel and officers for the Corps.[2][3] A major re-organization were carried out when Corps officers also helped established the Joint Signal Intelligence (JSI) and the Corps nomenclature was also changed. The regiments and squadrons became as battalions and companies.[4] In 1962, the unit was sent to Iran to help built the Iranian Army's own Signal corps,[2] and as for its war capabilities, the Corps took participation in 1947 war, 1965 war, 1971 war, 1999 war, with India.[4] The Corps was also involved with Afghanistan war, Bosnian war, and the Bangladesh war, making the Corps as Pakistan Army's principle combatant arm.[4]

As for its capabilities in science and technology, the Corps worked closely with Defence Science and Technology Organization (DESTO) to develop command and control software, and is notable for its participation for developing the communication system for Badr-II satellite.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 PA, Pakistan Army. "Pakistan Army Corps of Signals". Directorate-General for Inter-Services Public Relations. Directorate-General for Inter-Services Public Relations. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Watson, Cliff Lord, Graham (2003). Royal Corps of Signals: Units and Formation Worldwide Pakistan Army Corps of Signals. United Kingdom: Helion and Company Limited. pp. 361–362. ISBN 1-874622--92-2. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 BI-Metal. "Pakistan Army Corps of Signals". signal badges co. Uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dhar, M.K (2004). Mission Pakistan. New Delhi: Maloy Krishna Dhar and iUniverse.Inc. pp. 1–645. ISBN 0-595-30482-6. 
  5. Fazal Muqueem Khan (Sep 28, 2007). The story of the Pakistan Army. Pakistan Branch, Oxford University Press, 1963. pp. 250 pages. 

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