Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA)

Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) is a Paramilitary Force that operates under Pakistan Navy command. PMSA is a Navy-managed and Navy-controlled law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over Pakistan’s national and international waters including the exclusive economic zone and provides protection to the maritime interests of the country.

Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA)
Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA)

In compliance with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the PMSA was established on 1 January 1987 as a federal regulatory agency of the Ministry of Defence, whose leadership and personnel is directly drawn from the Pakistan Navy.

PMSA also enforces maritime law and conducts long-range search and rescue operations to reduce human trafficking, smuggling, and deep sea search.


It is headed by an external officer appointed by the Pakistan Navy, known as the Director-General, who usually holds the rank of a Two Star Admiral, Rear Admiral is the senior rank of officers in the Navy.

Rear Admiral Muhammad Shuaib was appointed director of the agency in 2020.

China transferred coast guard vessels from its navy to PMSA in 2014, increasing its mission objectives and scope of responsibility to cover the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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Mission

Maritime Security Agency of Pakistan mission states:

To assert and enforce national jurisdiction and sovereignty in the maritime zones in order to regulate and protect maritime interests of Pakistan — Pakistan Maritime Security Agency

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Organizational headquarters

Pakistan Maritime Security Agency also known as PMSA, is a branch of Pakistan Navy that has its headquarters near the Karachi Fish Harbour and Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd (KSEW) in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

PMSA has been headquartered at various commercial buildings since its inception in 1987, most notably the Karachi Port Trust Building, until its new headquarters became operational on 15 January 2011.

The Leadership and personnel of the agency are appointed directly from the Navy, and it is headed by the Rear-Admiral of the Pakistan Navy, who is a two-star rank.

Commander of Coastal Areas (COMCOAST) is the authority over the agency and oversees the operations on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

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Commissioned Officers

Being an agency of the Pakistan Navy, the Maritime Security Agency maintains the same ranks and insignia; therefore, all members of PMSA are active-duty personnel of the Navy.

  • Midshipman
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant-Commander
  • Commander
  • Captain
  • Commodore
  • Rear-Admiral

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Other Ranks in the Pakistan MSA

  • Ordinary Tech-II
  • Able Tech-I
  • Leading Rate
  • Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Fleet Chief Petty Officer
  • Master Chief Petty Officer

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Equipment

Vessels

Pakistan Maritime Security Agency runs locally-made vessels of KSEW Ltd. as well as ships produced in China’s Huangpu and Xijiang shipyards.

SquadronCallsignVessels
22nd Offshore Patrol SquadronOSRON 22PMSS Barkat
PMSS Vehdat
PMSS Nusrat
PMSS Rehmat
23rd Offshore Patrol SquadronOSRON 239× Fast Response Boats
26th Offshore Patrol SquadronOSRON 26PMSS Kashmir
PMSS Zhod
PMSS Dasht PMSS Hingol PMSS Basol PMSS Kolachi
PMSS Sabqat
PMSS Rafaqat
PMSS Nazim

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Aircraft

One aircraft squadron is operated by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency known as Squadron 93 PMSA. A Fokker F27 Friendship was introduced to the squadron on 23 June 1988 as an interim measure for sea surveillance.

In Jinnah Terminal, the aircraft was stationed to provide logistics support. Britten-Norman Defenders stationed at Mehran Naval Air Station was acquired by the PMSA in 1993.

SquadronCallsignAircraft
93rd PMSA Squadron3 × Britten-Norman Defender
1 × Fokker F27 Friendship

Pakistan Maritime Security Agency Bases

Currently, PMSA has five different bases which are:

  • Headquarter PMSA
  • Logistic Unit PMSS INDUS
  • Coastal Base GWADAR
  • PMSA Base RISHAD
  • Mehran Naval Air Station

Airport Security Force Pakistan – ASF Pakistan

The Airports Security Force (ASF) is a federal agency and part of Paramilitary Forces. ASF is administered by the Secretary to the Government of Pakistan for Aviation. The responsibility of Airport Security Force (ASF) is to protect the airports, facilities and aircraft (in-air or on-ground) in Pakistan.

Airport Security Force ASF Pakistan
Airport Security Force ASF Pakistan

The Airport Security Force protects the civil aviation industry from illegal activities, prohibits crime in airports, prevents terrorism, and maintains law and order within these limits.

Major General Zafar Ul Haq is the current Director-General of ASF and supervising 8,945-personnel in the organization.

Initially, the ASF was known as the Directorate of Civil Aviation under the Airport Security Force Act LXXVII of 1975. Due to security and convenience in conflict, the Airport Security Force was separated in March 1981 and placed under the Ministry of Defence in December 1983.

An Aviation Division was established in 2013 under the Cabinet Secretariat together with the Airports Security Force, the Civil Aviation Authority (CIA) and PIA came under the control of a new division. The Secretary of Aviation of Pakistan leads the Aviation Division.

The main objective of ASF is to maintain the security of aircraft and airports.

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ASF SCREENING SYSTEM AND PROCEDURE

Before boarding the aircraft, passengers and baggage are screened with the latest equipment. Everyone must go through this security checkpoint.

  • Keep your boarding pass ready at the security checkpoint
  • For your own convenience, carry a transparent, resealable bag during the inspection
  • You should remove liquid items like medicines, baby food, liquids, and pastes in your hand luggage for inspection
  • If you have coins, keys, small electronic or metallic items, leave them in your coat or jacket pocket so that easy can pass through the X-ray machine
  • Pass the X-rays through the queue
  • Leave large electronic items, including laptops and tablets, at home. They must go through X-ray machines separately
  • In some cases, you may also be asked to remove your shoes

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PROHIBITED ITEMS LIST

  • All types of firearms
  • All firearm toy replicas
  • Slingshots and catapults
  • Hazardous chemical gases and sprays
  • Cutting tools such as axes, chainsaws and large knifes
  • Tools are also prohibited if they are larger than 6 cm in length
  • Detonator and explosives
  • Construction equipment such drills and blowtorches
  • Martial arts equipment

ASF COMPLAINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

This organization’s complaint management system is extremely effective. You can find a dedicated section on ASF official site. The following is how you can complain to ASF:

  • If you want to submit a complaint to ASF through its complaint management system, first step is to visit www.asf-complaint.gov.pk
  • A form will be available for you to fill in with personal information like your Social Security Number or Permanent Resident Card and flight and airport information
  • Your complaint must then be written in the given required fields
  • We will respond to your email or phone number with regards to the resolution of your complaint

Facts: Complaints submitted through this E-portal are handled directly by the ASF head office.

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COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE

Furthermore, Airport Security Force offers online complaint management as well as on-ground complaint resolution and monitoring services. ASF control rooms may be found in almost every Pakistani airport.

  • They work 24/7 and have direct access to the help desk at the airport which is available each time
  • Please contact the ASF help desk that will forward your complaint directly to the control room
  • The CCTV cameras monitor the security situation at the whole airport in this control room as well

Subdiaries of Airport Security Force

  • ASF Schools and Colleges
  • ASF Medical Centers
  • Security Training Wing
  • Airport Security Force ASF Foundation
  • ASF Land and Housing
  • ASF Security Pvt Ltd

Airport Security Force FOUNDATION

The ASF Foundation was founded in 2014 with the purpose of generating income to support retired officials of the ASF and their families.

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

Children of officials as well as those who join the force are eligible to attend schools and colleges.

LAND AND HOUSING SCHEMES

Housing schemes of the ASF aim to provide shelter to serving and retired officials. In Karachi, the general population is permitted to buy and invest in property in projects like ASF City.

SECURITY TRAINING WING

Facilities like ASF Academy are used to train its security personnel and those belonging to third-party security organizations.

ASF COMMUNITY CENTRES

These are places where ASF officials and their families gather for communal activities and get-togethers.

Directors General (Former Force Commanders)

Name of DGFromTo
GP Capt M.Y KhanJuly 1976April 1977
Brig Saleem ZiaApril 1977July 1977
Brig Muzaffar Ali KhanJuly 1977January 1980
Brig Saleem ZiaJanuary 1980October 1981
Brig Tariq RafiNovember 1981November 1986
Brig Khawar Latif ButNovember 1986December 1989
Brig Muneeb Ur Rehman FarooqiDecember 1989December 1992
Brig Rashid Ali MalikDecember 1992November 1996
Brig Manzoor Iqbal BangeshNovember 1996March 1999
Brig Naveed Nasar Khan1 April 19991 July 2002
Brig Javed Iqbal Sattar27 June 200210 February 2006
Brigadier Fiaz Ahmed Satti10 January 200630 March 2009
Brig Sahir Aslam Butt30 March 20094 July 2011
Brig Muhammad Azam Tiwana10 January 201129 December 2014
Maj General Sohail Ahmad Khan, HI(M)September 2014April 2017
Maj General Ali Abbas HayderMay 201729 September 2018
Maj General Zafar ul Haq, HI(M)October 2018To Be Continued

Frontier Corps (FC) Paramilitary Force of Pakistan

Frontier Corps is a Paramilitary Force of Pakistan known as the FC and established in 1878. The duty of the Frontier Corps (FC) is to maintain law and order while monitoring the control of the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran, currently serving in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Frontier Corps FC Pakistan
Frontier Corps FC Pakistan

Frontier Corps consists of two separate groups, the one is FC KPK and the second is FC Balochistan. FC KPK is serving in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that is earlier recognized as the North-West Frontier Province and now including the FATA (Now KPK).

FC Balochistan is serving in Balochistan province. Each group is supervised by a Pakistan Army officer of at least major-general rank

In fact, each FC itself falls under the interior minister’s jurisdiction.

The purpose of the Frontier Corps is to help local law enforcement, conduct border patrols and anti-smuggling operations with a workforce of approximately 80,000 personnel.

Some constituent units of the FC such as the South Waziristan Scouts, Khyber Rifles, the Tochi Scouts, Swat Levies, the Chitral, Scouts the Zhob Militia and the Kurram Militia regiments have a history dating back as far as British European colonial times.

During the 1965 war, the Khyber Rifles was established and fought with perfection in Kashmir.

Role of Frontier Corps

  • Border Security Duties
  • Provide assistance to the Army/FCNA for the defense of the country as needed
  • Make sure communication routes and centers are protected
  • Take part in anti-militancy/criminal/terrorism operations on orders
  • Provide assistance to law enforcement agencies in the maintenance of law and order
  • The protection of important sites and assets

In difficult times, the government seldom gives the FC the power to arrest and hold suspects, as it did at the end of 2012 and early 2013 when the Prime Minister of Pakistan allowed the FC police powers.

Provincial and federal authorities may also extend the powers on the orders of the President and by consent of the province or federal government.

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FC Organization

In Frontier Corps Army senior command positions are filled by Pakistan Army officers who have been seconded for two or three years.

The Training Academy of Scouts is located in Mirali in North Waziristan.

Frontier Corps Peshawar headquarters are located in Bala Hisar Fort in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Nadeem Ahmed Anjum is the leader of the FC in Balochistan and FC Balochistan headquarter is located in Quetta. FC Balochistan has more than 50,000 active personnel.

Training Center for FC soldiers is located in Loralai and the Battle School for advanced training is located in Khuzdar.

Currently, the FC Army is consists of thirty-four local units—nineteen in Balochistan and fifteen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

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Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (North)

  • Chitral Scouts (1903)
  • Khyber Rifles (1878)
  • Bara Rifles (1944)
  • Mohmand Rifles
  • Tirah Rifles
  • Orakzai Scouts
  • Dir Scouts (1970)
  • Bajur Scouts (1961)

Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (South)

  • Kurram Militia (1892)
  • South Waziristan Scouts (1900)
  • Tochi Scouts (1894)
  • Shawal Rifles
  • Khattak Scouts
  • Thal Scouts (1948)
  • Bhittani Rifles (2015)

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Frontier Corps Balochistan (North)

  • Zhob Militia (1883)
  • Nushki Militia (1896)
  • Sibi Scouts (1971)
  • Chaman Scouts (1946)
  • Maiwand Rifles (1944)[11]
  • Ghazaband Scouts (1977)
  • Bambore Rifles (1977)
  • Loralai Scouts (1977)
  • Qilla Abdullah Scouts (2005)
  • Sui Rifles (2011)
  • Chiltan Rifles (2016)

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Frontier Corps Balochistan (South)

  • Kharan Rifles (1965)
  • Dasht Scouts (2018)
  • Mekran/Makran Scouts (1974)
  • Taftan Rifles (1977)
  • Dalbandin Rifles (2007–08)
  • Awaran Militia (2006)[11]
  • Panjgur Rifles (2005)
  • Kalat Scouts (1965)

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Other units also located in Balochistan

  • Frontier Corps Training Centre, Loralai (FCTC)
  • IAC SQN
  • Frontier Corps Battle School
  • SOW (Special Operation Wing – Janinda)

FC Personnel

As of 2015, there were 80,000 active personnel. As of 2015, there were 80,000 active personnel and security has been improved with additional wings. Members of the Frontier Corps are recruited locally and are supervised by officers of the Pakistani Army.

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Equipment

Their equipment consists of various handguns, Type 56 & QBZ-95 assault rifles, RPG 7 rocket-launcher, G3, mortars and MG3 general-purpose machine gun, short-range artillery as well as aviation support, AFVs, APCs and Medium Tanks.

FC Schools and Colleges

A majority of FC educational institutes in Balochistan are affiliated with a federal board rather than with a provincial administration.

  • Major Pervaiz Shaheed FC School and College, Beleli, Quetta. (Ghazaband scouts)
  • Lieutenant Safiullah Shaheed FC school, Nushki. (Chaghi Militia)
  • FC school, Chaman. (Pishin scouts)
  • FC school, Loralai.

Pakistan Rangers | Guardian of Nation

Pakistan Rangers are part of paramilitary forces and operate under the control interior Secretary of Pakistan. This is the branch of the Civil Armed Forces. The primary responsibility of rangers is to defend and secure the sites of the country. Moreover, these forces are also involved in major internal and external security operations with the collaboration of the regular Pakistan Army and give assistance to police forces to maintain law and order against crime, unrest, and terrorism.

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The main role of Pak Rangers is to provide internal security, border control, and counter-terrorism. The rangers are the security forces with the objective of implementation and maintain security in the area of conflict as well as in war zone too.

There is 25,000 active personnel in Pak Rangers. The motto of Pakistan Ranger is داﯾمً ﺳﺎﮪرً‎ means
“Ever Ready”.

The Director-General of Punjab Rangers is Major-General Muhammad Aamir Majeed and Major-General Omer Ahmed Bokhari is the Director-General of Sindh.

The Pakistan Rangers consist of two forces, the one is Pakistan Ranger Punjab and the other is Pakistan Ranger Sindh. The headquarter of Pakistan ranger Punjab is situated in Lahore, Punjab and the headquarter of Sindh ranger is in Karachi, Sindh. And the third headquarter is in Islamabad, ICT.

These two forces maintain different chains of command and also their uniforms are different but works under the same ordinances.

Every evening, the Pakistan Rangers participate in a Flag lowering ceremony together with their counterparts in the Indian border Security forces at Wagah Border, Lahore.

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Pakistan Ranger Punjab

Same as Sindh rangers, the responsibility of Punjab Rangers is to do duty on the border that is 1300 kilometers long with India. This force has 16,100 rangers that are also employed throughout Pakistan-noticeably at Islamabad territory, Rajanpur, and many other districts and cities.

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The Punjab rangers official website is https://pakistanrangerspunjab.com

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Pakistan Rangers Sindh

The force of Sindh Rangers has 24,945 active personnel serving force the border security that is 912 kilometers long with India. The rangers are divided into 30 wings and each wing consists of 830 rangers.

The Sindh Rangers have the responsibility of patrolling and protecting the national highways, the Indus river, and the areas with hilly terrain where police cannot serve properly.

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Pakistan Rangers Ranks

The ranks structure in Pakistan Rangers OR, NCO, and JCO  ranks are as follows:

  • Sepoy
  • Lance Naik
  • NCO Ranks
    • Naik
    • Havaldar
  • JCO Ranks
    • Sub-inspector
    • Inspector
    • Senior Inspector
  • OR Ranks
    • Direct Entry Sub Inspector
    • Inspector
    • DSR (Deputy Superintendent of the Rangers)
    • SR (Superintendent of the Rangers)
    • SSR (Senior Superintendent of the Rangers)

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