Military Lands and Cantonments is an attached department of Ministry of Defence. Directorate of Military Lands and Cantonments provides advisory input on defence lands and local government matters in cantonments to the Federal Government (Ministry of Defence) and all related stakeholders i.e. Service Headquarters and other organizations under Ministry of Defence. Ministry of Defence heads ML&C Dept as Federal Govt with its powers and authority particularly in Land matters, Financial sanctions and HR management. Acquisition or requisitioning of property for Defence Services, delimitation of cantonment areas, Local self-government in cantonment areas are some of the responsibilities of ML&C Deptt. It also ensures implementation of Cantonment Act 1924, Policies, Executive instructions and all relevant Rules & Regulations in the cantonment boards all over the country.
Military Lands & Cantonment Department is headed by the Director General, Military Lands & Cantonments(DG ML&C). He is followed in hierarchy by an Additional Director General and assisted by four Directors in HQ. HQ ML&C has under its jurisdiction six regional directorates namely, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Quetta. HQ ML&C through its Regional Directorates manages 11 Military Estate(ME) Circles and 44 Cantonment Boards (CBs) in all over Pakistan.
ML&C Department serves an area of about 6 hundred thousand acres of land, attends to and promotes the interest of more than 5 million people, handles budgets amounting to approximately Rs. 15 billion which are increasing on yearly basis and manages a human resource base of nearly 22 thousand employees.
Organisational Structure of HQ ML&C