Paramilitary forces of Pakistan

Paramilitary Forces of Pakistan
Service branches

Pakistan National Guard
Frontier Corps
Frontier Constabulary
Sindh Rangers
Punjab Rangers
Pakistan Coast Guard
Airport Security Force Maritime Security Agency

Gilgit Baltistan Scouts
Headquarters Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar & Gilgit

The paramilitary forces of Pakistan consist of various organizations constitutionally charged with safeguarding Pakistan from external and internal threats as well as maintaining internal law and order. Their current strength is approximately over 420,000 personnel.[1]

The paramilitary forces can be divided into three categories, performing three distinct roles: Firstly the armed security forces (the Rangers and Frontier Corps), secondly a reserve force (the National Guard), and thirdly the Maritime Security Agency.

The Northern Light Infantry which was a paramilitary force until 1999, is now part of the Pakistan Army.


A senior Pakistan Frontier Corps Colonel, Commandant of the Pishin Scouts (right), presents United States DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy (left) with his unit's ballcap at Chaman, Balochistan, Pakistan.
Service Total active duty personnel
Pakistan National Guard 185,000[2]
Pakistan Rangers 100,000[2]
Frontier Corps 80,000[2]
Gilgit Baltistan Scouts 2,481[2]
Frontier Constabulary 30,000
Airport Security Force 8,930
Pakistan Coast Guard ~7,000[2]
Maritime Security Agency 2,500[2]
Counter Terrorism Department Classified[2]
Total 420,000[3]


See also


  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pakistan Intelligence, security Activities and Operations Handbook, Int'l Business Publications, 2011 Edition, pp. 131, ISBN 0-7397-1194-6
  3. The Military Balance 2010, p. 367, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, 2010).
  4. "Pakistan Rangers (Sindh)".
  5. "Pakistan airports on high alert after bomb threat".
  6. "Videos - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune.
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