Command and Staff College

The College Campusb1The year 1970 marked the end of an era with the demolition of the old building in order to make way for a new earthquake proof building in keeping with the expansion requirement of the College. The old traditional building was brought down in a solemn ceremony held on 26 March 71 in the presence of faculty members and the students who were lined up to honour this symbol of a bygone era. The old building with its magnificent tower remained as the concrete symbol of the unfailing memory of all who remained associated with this great Institution.

b1The design of the new building was acquired through a nationwide competition organized by the General Headquarters in 1967. Some 30 Pakistani architects and engineers participated in the competition which was won by Messrs Tajuddin M Bhamani and Company. The foundation laying ceremony of the new building was performed by the Chief of the Army Staff General Tikka Khan in the presence of the military and civilian elite of Quetta on 21st September 1972. During the period of construction of the new building temporary arrangements were made for running the courses. Each course that braved the vicissitudes of the stifling summers and biting cold winters of Quetta wistfully glanced at the upcoming new structure with a mix of envy and wistfulness. The new College building was commissioned in July 1975 and it stood on the site of the old, like a phoenix, regenerated and revitalized. Cast in a bold design, the form of the building was octagonal in plan, with different modules and crystal forms in elevation treatment. The stepped garden in front of the building depicts Moghul Art. The podium together with the landscape and the fountains lend balance and beauty to the façade. The formal inauguration of the imposing new structure was performed by Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on 7 Apr 1976.

The Staff College will always remember with gratitude the consideration shown by Mr Sadequain in having overlooked some very pressing international commitments and coming to Quetta to do some excellent calligraphies and painting.

The main College Building is a grandiose edifice which in addition to an imposing exterior possesses ample functional comforts. Upon entering the building one is struck by its graceful interior featuring exquisite paintings, calligraphy and commemorative plaques. On the left side of the main entrance are Roll of Honour Boards bearing names of the College alumni who laid down their lives in the service of the Country. A lamp glows perennially atop a casket keeping the memory of those gallant souls alive.

In keeping with the expansion requirements of the present times, General Headquarters approved the construction of another additional block consisting of 12 syndicate rooms and a model room on ground floor and Directing Staff offices on first floor. The foundation laying/earth breaking ceremony was performed by President and COAS, General Pervez Musharraf on 14 December 2004 and the building was completed in 2007.