Kabul: The Afghan president says he will
extend a Dec. 17 deadline for private security firms to
disband by at least two months.
A statement issued by President Hamid Karzai`s office
says he will set up a committee to review the decree.
The committee will prepare a timetable for the closure
of the firms and submit it to the President on Nov. 15. After
its approval, private security firms will have a maximum of 90
days to close.
The firms were supposed to shut by Dec 17. The ban had
threatened development and reconstruction work worth hundreds
of millions of dollars.
Agencies say they would be unable to insure their
workers if they had to replace private security contractors
with Afghanistan`s poorly trained armed forces.