Airports Security Force Act 1975

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ACT LXXVII OF 1975

AIRPORTS SECURITY FORCE ACT, 1975

An Act to provide for the constitution and regulation of the Airports Security Force

[Gazette of Pakistan , Extraordinary, Part 1, 18th December 1975 ]

The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 13th December 1975 , and is hereby published for general information: ‑

Whereas it is expedient to provide for the constitution and regulation of the Airports Security Force for ensuring security of all aerodromes, airports, aircraft and civil aviation installations, and for the maintenance of law and order therein, and for matters connected therewith or ancillary thereto ;

AIRPORTS SECURITY FORCE ACT, 1975

[NO. LXXVII OF 1975]

[18th December 1975]

An Act to provide for the constitution and regulation of the Airports Security Force

Chapter I

1. Short title, extent, application and commencement.--(1) This Act may be called the Airport Security Force Act, 1975.

(2) It extends to all aerodromes and airports, all civil aviation stations, centres or offices in Pakistan all Pakistan air services and activities relating to civil aviation.

(3) It shall apply to all members and officers of the Force wherever they may be.

(4) It shall come into force at once.

**[NO.**LXXVII OF 1975]

**2. Definitions.--**In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,

(a) "aerodrome" means any areas of land or water designed, equipped, set apart or commonly used or intended to be used, either wholly or in part, for affording facilitates for the landing departure and movement of aircraft and other structure thereon on appertaining thereto, but does not include any aerodrome which is exclusively used by the Pakistan Air Force or any portion of an aerodrome which is used by the Pakistan Air Force;

(b) "aircraft" means any machine which can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air, other than the reactions of the air, against the earth's surface, and includes balloons, whether captive or free, airships, kites, gliders and flying machines;

(c) "airport" means an aerodrome at which facilities have, in the opinion of

the Federal Government, been sufficiently developed to be of importance to civil aviation;

(d) "air service" means a service of aircraft for any purpose of civil aviation, whether serial works, public transport or otherwise;

(e) "air side" means the movement area of an aerodrome, adjacent terrain and buildings or portions thereof, access to which is controlled by the ^3^[Force].

(f) "competent authority" means of any officer or authority designated as such by the Federal Government;

(g) [Omitted]^4^

(h) "Force" means the Airports Security Force constituted under Section 3;

(i) "Force Commander" means the Commander incharge of the force;

(j) [Omitted]^5^

(k) "member" means a person other than an officer, who is appointed to the
Force and has signed an affirmation in the form set out in the First Schedule;

(l) "Officer" means the person who is so appointed to the Force and has signed an affirmation in the form set out in the First Schedule;

(m) "operator" means a person, organization or enterprise engaged in or offering to engage in aircraft operation;

(n) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules or regulations;


  1. Subs. vide Notifi. No. F 17(1)/84i9P8u4b: Gaz., of Pakistan Ext. Part I, 7th August, 1984.

  2. Omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984.

  3. Omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984.

(o) "purposes of civil aviation" include all purposes connected with civil aviation and with air navigation, except purposes of defence by air;

(p) "regulations" mean regulations made under this Act; and

(q) "rules" means rules made under this Act.

Chapter II

3. Power to constitute and maintain the Airports Security Force and its functions.--(1) The Federal Government may constitute and maintain a force to be called the Airports Security Force for performing the following functions, namely:-

(a) ensuring security of all airports, aerodromes, aircraft, and civil aviation installations (within the limit of airports and aerodromes)^6^ and for safeguarding civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference or threats of such interference;

(b) ensuring security of all structures, equipments, material and installations belonging to operators and other Government or non-Government organizations within the limits of airports and aerodromes;

(c) [Omitted]^7^

(d) [Omitted]^8^

(e) ensuring the proper conduct of persons at airports and aerodromes [as laid down in the Aircraft Rules, 1937]^9^ including control of surface vehicles and drivers within the limits of airports and aerodromes;

(f) ensuring security of aircraft passengers, baggage, cargo and mail within the limits of airports and aerodromes;

(g) general maintenance of law and order within the limits of airports and aerodromes in conjunction with the police and taking cognizance of all offences committed at the airports and aerodromes under any law for the time being in force; and

(h) such other functions as the Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, require the Force to perform.

(2) In the discharge of their functions, the officers and members shall be guided by, and act in accordance with this Act, [the Civil Aviation Ordinance, 1960, (X00(II) of 1960), the Aviation Rules 1978]^10^ and the rules and regulations.

4. Constitution of Airports Security Force.--(1) The head of the Force Commander appointed by the Federal Government.

(2) The Force shall consist of such ranks and number of officers and members and shall be constituted in such manner as may be prescribed by rules.


  1. Inserted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984, Pub, in Gaz. of Pakistan Extd. Part I, 7th August, 1984.

  2. Omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984.

  3. Omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984:

  4. Omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

  5. Omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

(3) The officers and members shall receive such pay, pension, allowances and other remuneration and shall enjoy such leave and other privilege as may be prescribed by rules from time to time

(4) Every officer shall receive on his appointment a certificate in the form set out in the Second Schedule under the seal of the Director General or such other officer as the Director-General may authorize in this behalf and by virtue of holding such certificate he shall be vested with the powers, functions and privilege's of an officer or member.

(5) Any person who ceases, for any reason, to be an officer or member shall forthwith surrender the certificate referred to in sub-section (4) to any officer authorized by the Force Commander in this behalf.

(6) Officers and members of the Force shall wear such uniforms as may be prescribed by regulations.

5. Administration of the Force.--(1) The administration of the Force shall vest in the Force Commander who shall administer it in accordance with the provisions of this Act, rules and orders and instructions as may be made or issued by the Federal Government from time to time.

(2) The Force Commander shall exercise his powers and perform his functions under the general supervision of the [and direction of the Federal Government.]^11^

Chapter III

6. Powers and duties of officers and members .--(1) An officer or member shall--

(a) take effective measures for ensuring security of all airports, aerodromes, aircraft and civil aviation installations, [within the limits of airports and aerodromes]^12^ and for safeguarding civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference;

(b) safeguard aircraft passengers, baggage, cargo and mail within the limits of aerodromes and airports;

[(c) take effective measure for preventing hijacking, sabotage, placement of car bombs, letter bombs and dangerous articles and carriage of aims and ammunitions into the restricted areas of the airports, aerodromes and aircraft except as authorized by him and shall, as soon as he detects any contraband on the person or in the baggage of any person checked by him, notify it to the customs staff available at the airport or aerodrome for appropraite action under the Customs Act, 1969 (IV of 1969) ;" and ]^13^


  1. Subs. vide Not& No. F 17(1)84-Pub. Gaz., of Pakistan Extd. Part I, 7th August, 1984. 12. Inserted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984, dated 7th August, 1984.

  2. Subs. vide Notifi No. F 17(1)/84, Pub. Gaz. of Pakistan Extd. Part, I, 7th August, 1984.

(d) require the operations of aircraft registered in Pakistan to conform to the prescribed civil aviation security requirements;

(e) take effective measures for preventing hijacking, sabotage, placement of car bombs, letter bombs, and dangerous articles, smuggling or precious metal, Stones, arms, ammunition, narcotics and any other goods that bringing into, or taking out of Pakistan of which is prohibited by or under any law for the time being in force;

(f) use such arms and ammunition and equipment as may be authorized by the Force Commander [or an officer authorized by him]^14^ for the purposes of this Act;

(g) search and arrest without warrant any person whom he suspects of endangering, or attempting to endanger, or having endangered, the safety of an aerodrome or airport or an aircraft or civil aviation installation and may use such force as may be necessary in the discharge of his duties aforesaid; and

(h) perform such other functions as the competent authority may require him to perform.

[(1-A) The Force Commander may, with the previous approval of the Federal Government, call for military assistance in connection with post landing and anti-hijacking operations at an airport or aerodrome; and, when he does so, all officers and members and all civil agencies operating at the airport or aerodrome shall function in accordance with the directions of the military authority rendering such assistance]^15^

(2) An officer, for the purpose of this Act, shall exercise, within the areas in which this Act, applies, all the powers conferred on an officer-in-charge of a police station under the Police Act, 1861 (V of 1861), and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 Act (V of 1898).

7. Liabilities of officers and members.--(1) It shall be the duty of every officer and member promptly to obey and execute all orders and instructions issued to him by any competent authority.

(2) Every officer and member shall be liable to serve wherever he is required to serve by the competent authority.

(3) [Omitted].^16^

CHAPTER V

**8. Indemnity.--**No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done, or intended to be done, under this Act or the rules or regulations.

9. Delegation of powers by the Federal Government.-- The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, delegate all or any of its powers under this Act, except those under Section 11, to the [Force Commander or such officer as deem fit].^19^

**10. Delegation of powers by the Director-General.--**The Director-General may, by notification in the official Gazette and with the prior approval in writing of the Federal Government, delegate all or any of his powers under the rules for the efficient functioning of the Force to any officer or authority subordinate to him.

**11. Power to make of rules.--**The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules.

(a) regulating the functions and powers of the officers;

(b) regulating the classes and grades of, and the remuneration and rewards to be paid to, the officers and members of the Force and their condition of service;

(c) [Omitted]^20^

(d) [Omitted]^21^

(e) generally for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Act.


  1. Subs. vide Notifi. No. F. 17(1)/84-Pub. Gaz. of Pakistan Extd. Part I, 7th August, 1984.

  2. S. 11 clause (c) omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

  3. S. 11 clause (c) omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

**12. Power to make regulations.--**The Director-General may, by notification in the official Gazette and with the prior approval in writing of the Federal Government, make regulations consistent with this Act and the rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

**13. Repeal.--**The Airports Security Force Ordinance, 1975 (XII of 1975), is hereby repealed.

[**Note.--**For Schedules please see Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part 1, dated 18th December 1975, pp. 601-602].

^17^CHAPTER IV

7-A. Officers and members to be subject to the Pakistan Army Act, 1952.--(1) Every Officer and members of the Force shall, unless he is already so subject, be subject to the. Pakistan Army Act, 1952 (XXXIX of 1952), hereafter in this Chapter referred to as the Act.


  1. Inserted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

  2. Inserted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

  3. Omitted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

  4. Inserted by Ordinance XXXV of 1984 dated 7th August, 1984.

(2) The Force Commander shall, in respect of all officers and members of the Force, have all the powers conferred by or under the Act on an officer empowered to convene a general Court martial.

(3) Subject to sub-section (2), the Federal Government may, by general or special order, direct by what authority any jurisdiction, powers or duties incidental to the operation of the provisions of the Act shall be exercised or performed in respect of the Force.

^18^[(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, except the authorities specified in sub-sections (1) and (2) of Section 7F, no other authority, tribunal or court shall have jurisdiction to vary, modify, alter, annul, set side, revise or review any order passed by any officer of the Force, authorized under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 (XXXIX of 1952).

**7-B. Consequence of sentence of imprisonment--**An officer or member of the Force who is sentenced to imprisonment for a term which is not less than ninety days shall be deemed to have been dismissed from the Force.

**7-C. Suspension.--**Any officer shall be competent to suspend in the prescribed manner a member of the Force working under him for any misconduct, remissness or negligence in the discharge of his duties.

7-D. Place of imprisonment.-- If a member of the Force sentenced under the Act to imprisonment for a term shorter than ninety days is also dismissed from service, he shall be imprisoned in the nearest prison or such other prison as the Federal Government may, by general or special order, direct; but if he is not so dismissed he may be confined in a quarterguard or such other place as the Force Commander may consider suitable.

7-E. Capture of deserters.--(1) Whenever any person subject to the Act deserts, the Chief Security Officer shall give written information of the desertion to such civil authorities as in his opinion may be able to afford assistance towards the capture of the deserter and such authorities shall thereupon take steps for the apprehension of the said deserter in like manner as if he were a person for whose apprehension a warrant had been issued by a Magistrate, and shall deliver the deserter, when apprehended, into the custody of the Force.

(2) Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person whom he reasonably believes to be subject to the Act and a deserter or absentee without leave and bring him without delay before the nearest Magistrate to be dealt with according to law.

7-F. Appeal and revision.--(1) In all cases decided by the Deputy Director, a Chief Security Officer or any other officer, a person aggrieved may, within thirty days of the order, appeal to the officer higher than the one awarding the punishment.

  1. Added by Act XVI of 1994, dt. 7.8.1994. [PM 1995 Cent. St. 2].

(2) A person aggrieved by an order of the Force Commander awarding any punishment may, within thirty days of the order, apply to the Federal Government for revision.

7-G. Appointment of officers and other members of the Force.--(1) The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint a Deputy Director and such number of Assistant Directors, Chief Security Officers, Security Officers and Assistant Security Officers as it may think fit.

(2) The Force Commander may appoint; within the cadre strength sanctioned by the Federal government, such number of Inspector, Sub-Inspectors, Assistant Sub-Inspectors, Selection Grade Security Guards and Security Guards as he may consider necessary for the efficient performance of the functions of the Force.

(3) The rank structure of the officers and other members of the Force vis-a-vis the Pakistan Army shall be such as may be prescribed by rules.]

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