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Pakistan Army has followed British Army rank system since its independence from British Empire in 1947. However, crown in the ranks has been replaced with a star and crescent, which symbolizes the sovereignty of Government of Pakistan.

Equivalency
Rank Colonel
NATO Equivalent OF-5
Uniform Insignia

Colonel in Pakistan Army is equivalent to Captain in Pakistan Navy and Group Captain in Pakistan Air Force. Like other armies, this rank is higher than Lieutenant Colonel and lower than a Brigadier.

Pakistani Officer Ranks
Rank Field Marshal (6-Star) General (4-Star) Lieutenant General (3-Star) Major General (2-Star) Brigadier (1-Star) Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant
NATO Equivalent OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF-1
Uniform Insignia

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