In early 1981, some terrorist and sabotage incidents took place in
the country to disrupt public peace and order. A bomb blast at
Political Agent's PA office Parachinar on 05/01/81, and a blast at
National Stadium Karachi on 06/02/81 just before the arrival of Pope
John Paul (By AL-Zufiqar and others) called for Intelligence sharing
amongst different Law Enforcing Agencies in the country and to take
stern action against any terrorists/ saboteurs. In this regard, Anti
Terrorist Squad ATS was established in 1981 vide President of
Pakistan Order Number 1/8/81-IM dated 30-04-81 to conduct anti
terrorist operations. Initially, ATS consisted of 40 personnel (All
Ranks) under the command of Special Branch Balochistan at Quetta.
ESTABLISHMENT OF ATF
ATS was converted into Anti Terrorist Force (ATF) Balochistan videPPO Balochistan Standing Order No. 7/97/Cissuedvide
19634- 72/25-1(2)/c dated 13-08-1997 and the strength of ATF was
raised to 120 personnel.
was placed under direct command and control of CPO vide PPO
Balochistan Order No. 13142- 71-71/1(16)/A dated 15-06-1998.
At present, ATF Balochistan consists of about 900 personnel (All
Ranks). 11 ATF wings are operating at different places/ Districts to
assist the local Police to maintain law and order and public peace
in the province.
ATF is also employed in the High Security Zone at Provincial
Headquarters (Quetta), for security of VVIPs/VIPs and Foreign
delegates in the province.
FUNCTIONS OF ANTI TERRORIST FORCE (ATF) BALOCHISTAN
Balochistan Standing Order No19634-72/25-1(2)/C dated 13-08-1997)
Force is the operational punch of IGP Balochistan against the criminals
and the saboteurs. This force is mainly utilized for operational/
security duties throughout the province to maintain law and order in the
province. The main functions of ATF at the time of its establishment
were as under:-
Conducting raids /
search operations where possibility of armed encounter is greater.
beef up security arrangements especially on :-
/ VIP visits
Attack on key points / important installations
Heinous / sensational crimes
and order crisis ( mass murder, serious ethnic / sectarian situation etc
personnel will be briefed thoroughly by the Concerned DPO/ SP before
putting them in action.
will not operate / act independently unless no other options are left.
IGP Balochistan Memo No 113-118/PA/DIG-HQ dated 09-08-2007)
ATF will not be used for arrest of political activists, students, labourers and ordinary criminals.
will not be used for procession duties and as gunmen.
will perform operational duties under concerned DPO but administrative
control of the force will remain with SP/
Commander ATF Balochistan.
SSP ATF Balochistan selects the Police officers (different ranks) from
all over the province who are physically fit and not more than 35 years
of age to undergo basic Anti Terrorist Course at Anti Terrorist Training
School Simly, Islamabad or at Elite Police Training School Lahore. After
successful completion of the training, such police officers are posted
to ATF on deputation basis by the IGP Balochistan. The initial period of
deputation to ATF is 03 years which is extendable. The officers posted
to ATF are also granted Special Protection Group (SPG) allowance
(different for different ranks) and step up promotions as incentive till
the time they serve with ATF. During their stay in ATF, all personnel
maintain very high standards of physical fitness and professional
efficiency. The personnel of ATF also attend different courses/
Refreshers at ATS Simly to maintain/ improve their professional
In the current law and order and security scenario, Anti Terrorist
Training has become more important due to ongoing wave of terrorism/
extremism across the country. On the directions of IGP Balochistan,ATF also started conducting ATF Short Courses for Balochistan
Police / Balochistan Constabulary in 2009 at ATF Complex, Eastern Bypass
Quetta in which 750 police officers from all over the province have been
imparted Anti Terrorist Training so far. At present, a batch of about
200 Police officers selected from all over the province is undergoing 4th
ATF Short Course at ATF Complex Quetta under the supervision of SSP ATF.
Furthermore, SSP ATF also coordinates for conducting Anti Terrorist
Training Cadres for Balochistan Police at Divisional Battle Schools
(Pakistan Army) Quetta Cantonment. ATF Short Course/ ATT Cadre qualified
police officers are employed on different security/ VIP duties including
High Security Zone at Quetta (Zarghoon Road Quetta).
The Balochistan Police acknowledges with thanks the support pronided by Asian
Development Bank through "The Project for Implementing Public Safety Reforms in
Four Districts of Balochistan (TA-4537)" and Planning & Development
Department, Government of Balochistan in the design and development of this web