Airports Security Force

The Airports Security Force (ASF) is part of the Aviation Division of which Ghulam Sarwar Khan is minister from 18 April 2019, is responsible for protecting the airports, facilities and the planes (on-ground or in-air). ASF safeguards the civil aviation industry against unlawful interferences, adopting counter terrorism measures, preventing crime and maintaining law and order within the limits of airports in Pakistan. The current Director General of ASF is Major General Zafar Ul Haq HI(M). The ASF is an 8,945-personnel organisation.[1]

Airports Security Force
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Airport Force Pakistan
Founded1976
CountryPakistan
Size8,945
PartĀ ofCabinet Secretariat, Aviation Division, Pakistan
HeadquartersKarachi
Motto(s)Firm & Courteous

The ASF was established in 1976 under the Airports Security Force Act LXXVII of 1975 initially as the Directorate of the Department of Civil Aviation. After the hijacking of a Pakistan International Airlines aeroplane in March 1981, sensing the contradictory requirements of security and facilitation, the Airports Security Force (ASF) was separated, and in December 1983, was placed under the folds of the Ministry of Defence.[2][3]

Later, in 2013 under the umbrella of Cabinet Secretariat, an Aviation Division was created and Airports Security Force (ASF), Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) came under the control of new division. The Aviation Division is headed by the Aviation Secretary of Pakistan. The Asf is mainly responsible for security of Airports and aeroplanes.

SubsidiariesEdit

  • ASF Schools and Colleges
  • ASF Medical Centres
  • ASF Land and Housing
  • ASF Security Pvt Ltd

Former Directors GeneralEdit

Sr Name of DG From To
1 GP Capt M.Y Khan July 1976 April 1977
2 Brig Saleem Zia April 1977 July 1977
3 Brig Muzaffar Ali Khan July 1977 January 1980
4 Brig Saleem Zia January 1980 October 1981
5 Brig Tariq Rafi November 1981 November 1986
6 Brig Khawar Latif But November 1986 December 1989
7 Brig Muneeb Ur Rehman Farooqi December 1989 December 1992
8 Brig Rashid Ali Malik December 1992 November 1996
9 Brig Manzoor Iqbal Bangesh November 1996 March 1999
10 Brig Naveed Nasar Khan 1 April 1999 1 July 2002
11 Brig Javed Iqbal Sattar 27 June 2002 10 February 2006
12 Brig Fiaz Ahmed Satti 10 January 2006 30 March 2009
13 Brig Sahir Aslam Butt 30 March 2009 4 July 2011
14 Brig Muhammad Azam Tiwana 10 January 2011 29 December 2014
15 Maj General Sohail Ahmad Khan, HI(M) September 2014 April 2017
16 Maj General Ali Abbas Hayder May 2017 29 September 2018
17 Maj General Zafar ul Haq, HI(M) October 2018 Continue...

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dawn Investigations: The shaky foundations of ASF Arabian Vista". Dawn. 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ Pakistan airports on high alert after bomb threat. Sami Zubeiri, Brisbane Times, 26 September 2008
  3. ^ ASF Sky Marshalls: Proving themselves in a man's world, Express Tribune

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