16th Battalion – The Frontier Force Regiment (16 FF)

The Pakistan-India War, 1965 had already started when the Frontier Force Regimental Centre was ordered to raise 16 FF on September 10th, 1965. At this time, in most of the training centers of Pakistan, battalions were being raised at the rate of one per day! Consequently, the normal procedure of personnel and equipment marrying up had to give way to other expediencies.

Thus we find Lieutenant-Colonel Qazi Abdul Majid Khan, the first commanding officer of this battalion, leading an equipment collection party to the depots. The personnel, mostly aged reservists who were past their prime but who were determined to play their part in the national war, were pouring in. The battalion moved to Kharian on September 15th where the C.O. with the equipment and personnel first met each other!

By September 21st, the battalion was at Lahore occupying a defensive position at Dograi Bridge where it was subjected to heavy shelling and small arms fire. Here the battalion suffered its first casualties and unfortunately By September 21st, the battalion was at Lahore occupying a defensive position at Dograi Bridge where it was subjected to heavy shelling and small arms fire. Here the battalion suffered its first casualties and unfortunately these were mainly from skull in juries as most of the men were fighting without steel helmets. The cease fire on September 23rd ended the battalion’s role in the 1965 War.

The following officers were serving with the battalion

Lieutcnant-Colonel Qazi Abdul Majid Khan
Major Mohammad Nawaz Khan
Major Hidayat UIlah
Major Khas Kheli Chowdhury
2/Lieutenant Gyas-ud-Din Ahmed
2/Lieutenant Izaz Ahmad Rafli