The Frontier Force Regiment is one of six infantry regiments of the Pakistan Army. They are popularly known as the "Piffers" (a reference to the former PIF (Punjab Irregular Force) or as the "FF" (i.e. frontier force). The regiment takes its name from the historic North-West Frontier (present day Pakhtunkhwa).

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  • The Frontier Force Regiment is one of six infantry regiments of the Pakistan Army. They are popularly known as the "Piffers" (a reference to the former PIF (Punjab Irregular Force) or as the "FF" (i.e. frontier force). The regiment takes its name from the historic North-West Frontier (present day Pakhtunkhwa). Most ancestor units of the regiment are Punjabi or Pathan infantry regiments. However the oldest ancestor unit is the Scinde Camel Corps raised in 1843. Another ancestor unit is the infantry component of the celebrated Corps of Guides of the British Indian Army (which was partially a cavalry unit). Despite being a Pakistani regiment, the Frontier Force Regiment is also the successor to several Sikh regiments because Sikh units were used on the North-West Frontier during the British Raj. At present, the regiment consists of 67 battalions and has its regimental depot at Abbottabad in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. For that reason Abbottabad is also known as the "Home of Piffers". Currently the regiment includes both mechanised and motorised infantry battalions. There are also some armoured and artillery battalions which were raised from the strength of the Frontier Force or one of its predecessor regiments. The Frontier Force Regiment is Pakistan's third oldest regiment in terms of the date of most recent amalgamation, after the Punjab and Baloch. The regiment was amalgamated in 1957 through the amalgamation of three Pakistan Army regiments, all with their origins in two regiments which had been transferred to Pakistan from the British Indian Army at the time of the independence of Pakistan in 1947. These two regiments were the Frontier Force Regiment and the Frontier Force Rifles. The third component, the Pathan Regiment, had been raised after independence from elements of the former two. The merger took place when a major reorganisation of regiments was carried out in the Pakistan Army. The FF battalions have fought in several wars along Pakistan's borders. They have also served overseas, having been deployed to Saudi Arabia, and also to Somalia as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force in Somalia, some of the Piffer battalions participated in the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. The battalions are divided under independent formations and are commanded by their formation commander. Training and record keeping is undertaken by the regimental depot, which is usually commanded by a brigadier. The regiment's highest-ranking officer is given the honorary title of "Colonel Commandant" (usually to a Lieutenant-General) and "Colonel-in-Chief", if the highest-ranking officer is the Chief of Army Staff or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. (en)
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  • 1957-01-01 (xsd:date)
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  • Red (en)
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  • 67 battalions
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  • ) ("Here I am")
  • لبیک
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  • Piffer Week (en)
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  • Red (en)
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  • Lieutenant General Aamir Abbasi (en)
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  • unbroken lineage since 1843 through Scinde Camel Corps (en)
  • current form: 1957 – present; (en)
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  • (en)
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  • FF or Piffers (en)
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  • General Raheel Sharif (en)
  • General Abdul Waheed Kakar (en)
  • General Muhammad Musa (en)
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  • The Frontier Force Regiment is one of six infantry regiments of the Pakistan Army. They are popularly known as the "Piffers" (a reference to the former PIF (Punjab Irregular Force) or as the "FF" (i.e. frontier force). The regiment takes its name from the historic North-West Frontier (present day Pakhtunkhwa). (en)
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