Elite Police

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Elite Police
Elite Police Insignia
Active 1998 - present
Country Pakistan Pakistan
Branch Punjab Police
Type Special Forces/Light Infantry
Role Special Operations Force, Domestic Counter-Terrorism and Law Enforcement, Hostage Crisis ,Room to Room Combat
Nickname(s) Elite Force, Sher Jawan, Ne darr
Motto No Fear

2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team

 Lahore police academy attack
Siege of Lal Masjid
Peshawar Attack (Army Public School)
Operation Bhugti
Operation against Al-Qaeda Kala Shah Kaku
Killing of TTP commander in Lahore Raiwind road

Attack in Central Punjab by TTP

July 2010 Lahore Bombings

Waziristan Operation

Bannu Jail Attack

Attack on 15 Response Center

Operation in Rahim Yar Khan against Dacoits

Attack on Police lines Lahore

Attack on Wagha Border

Attack on PAF base Kamra

Attack on Sakhi Sarwar shrine DG khan

Attack on Karbala Gamay Shah procession

Attack on CCPO police and ISI office

Attack on Babu sabu Police checkpost

FIA Headquarters Lahore punjab
Additional Inspector-General of Police, Elite Police

The Elite Punjab Police, (Urdu: اشرافیہ پولیس)also known as the "Elite Force" or "Police Commandos",[1][2][3] is a branch of the Punjab Police specializing in Counter-Terrorist operations and VIP security duties, as well as acting against serious crime and performing high-risk operations which can't be carried out by the regular police. It was formed in 1998 as a counterterrorism unit, but over time its duties expanded to VIP escort.


The Elite Force was created on the order of the then Punjab Chief Minister Shabaz Sarhif in 1997–1998.[4] In 2004, more funds were allocated for its expansion, and 5000 new personnel were inducted. New checkpoints for curbing street crime were created across Punjab and manned by the Elite Force.[5] Their work drew attention in the wake of the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. The Elite Police were also extensively involved in neutralizing enemy combatants who had laid siege to the Manawan Police Training School during the 2009 Lahore police academy attacks.

The bodyguard who shot and killed Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer in Islamabad on January 4, 2011 was a member of the Elite Police.[6]


The Elite Police Force is headed by the Additional Inspector-General of Police, Elite Police Force, Punjab, Lahore. During operations, they are headed by an officer trained in a "Basic Elite" course.[7]

The Elite Force is used in a range of special operations including "high-risk searches, raids and rescue operations".[8] Members of the Elite Force are trained for six months at the Elite Police Training School (EPTS) at Badian, Lahore, by Pakistan's Special police trainers in personal combat, martial arts, crowd control, close quarters battle (CQB), and reconnaissance. They are trained in the use of a range of weapons, including the AK-47, Glock Pistol, MP5, and grenades. They can use different kind of weapons like Pakistan-made G3, machine-guns etc. Their arsenal also included flak jackets. They are trained in martial arts and they have to face very bloody boxing fights during training period.[7][citation needed] They are often seen in black and green track suits.[9]


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  1. ^ "India condemns police academy attack". Dawn.com. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  2. ^ "How Pakistan academy attack started". BBC. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka cricket team attacked". Yahoo news. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Elite Force". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Punjab earmarks more funds for Elite Force". 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Salman Taseer gunned down in Islamabad". The Nation (Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan). January 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Gujrat Police official website, Standard Operating Procedures" (PDF).[dead link]. Retrieved 2009-03-08. [dead link]
  8. ^ Punjab Police, Elite Force Official website, retrieved 17 March 2009
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka cricket team attacked". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 

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