The Airport Security Force (ASF) is part of the Ministry of Defence
and is responsible for protecting the airports and the 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 ASF was established in 1976 under the Airport 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 ASF was
separated, and in December 1983, was placed under the folds of the
Ministry of Defence.