Tariq Khosa

Former Director General, Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan


Tariq Khosa has been actively involved in law enforcement since start of public service in 1973. During about four decades of serving in various supervisory and command positions in Police Service of Pakistan, he has been actively engaged in structural and operational reforms in the policing and justice sectors. After his retirement from service in 2011, he served as Advisor to the UNODC on Rule of Law and Criminal Justice in Pakistan until 2014. Before retirement, his last assignment as Federal Secretary of Narcotics Control Division placed him at the pinnacle of government service in Pakistan. He served as Director General Federal Investigation Agency in 2009 and as head of National Central Bureau, INTERPOL, he won elections as Delegate for Asia in the Executive Committee of INTERPOL from 2009 to 2012 and contributed to international police cooperation. He served as Director eneral National Police Bureau in the Ministry of Interior in 2008 and also the Secretary of National Public Safety Commission, an oversight body of all federal police departments. He had the distinction of serving as the Police Chief of Balochistan Province in 2007 and brought the entire province in police jurisdiction replacing a tribal policing system since long. He graduated from the National Defence College Islamabad completing his Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies in 2004-05. He was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow under Fulbright Exchange Program at the Graduate School of Public Affairs in University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 1987-88. He was part of the Working Group that drafted the Counterterrorism National Action Plan launched by the Government of Pakistan in January 2015 and currently serves as Member of the Committee of Experts for National Counter Terrorism Authority.


  • Paper on “Police, Politics and the People of Pakistan” was published by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) in January 2015 (www.pildat.org).
  • His book “The Faltering State: A Journey through Recent Internal Security Landscape of Pakistan” is under publication by the Oxford University Press.
  • He contributes op-eds on internal security, justice and governance issues in daily Dawn Pakistan on regular basis (www.dawn.com).