Afghanistan orders dissolution of security firms

Afghan President Hamid Karzai today ordered the process of disbanding all private security companies in the country to begin, his office said.

Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai
today ordered the process of disbanding all private security
companies in the country to begin, his office said.

The president has ordered that all private security
contractors operating in Afghanistan should be disbanded by
the end of the year, potentially causing a crisis for the many
organisations that rely on them.

"The president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
today tasked the ministry of internal affairs to formally
begin the dissolution process of private security companies,"
a statement from the presidential palace said.

Over the next seven days, the interior ministry and
the national directorate of security, the intelligence agency,
will prepare a list of all registered private security
companies, along with details of staffing, location and
specialisation, it said.

This information will be presented to a similar
high-level meeting next week, it said, adding that all
companies would be treated equally. Unregistered firms wil
take priority in the disbanding process, it said.

The presidential decree, issued, on Tuesday, ordered
the 52 private security contractors operating on the country,
both Afghan and international, to cease ope ratings by January
1, 2011.

PTI

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