Terrorism

Seven security companies dissolved in Afghanistan

Usman Sharifi
Wednesday, 16-March-2011

 

KABUL – Seven private security companies operating in Afghanistan are being dissolved, the country's interior ministry announced Tuesday, while dozens more face closure.

Private security companies help guard everything from Western embassies and international military convoys to non-governmental organizations and media companies in war-torn Afghanistan.

The announcement is the latest effort by President Hamid Karzai, who charges that they slow down the development of Afghanistan's own security forces, to clamp down on them. He also accuses them of breaking the law.

The ministry also listed a further 45 companies that can continue their operations for another year but would then be replaced by an Afghan government public protection force able to provide comparable security measures.

It indicated that embassies would still be able to employ private security firms after the 12 months were up. But after that period, the public protection force would be responsible for guarding military convoys.

"Based on our commitment to transparency and the rule of law, the private security companies have been informed that they have been dissolved because of their connection to officials of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan," the interior ministry said in a statement.

The companies being dissolved include Watan Risk Management, NCL, SSSI and LSG, the statement said.

In August, Karzai ordered the disbandment of all private security firms, national and international, within four months, but later said licensed firms could continue operations.

Under that compromise, security firms with development company contracts, as well as those that work for NATO, foreign embassies and the United Nations were allowed to operate until their contracts expire.

Critics of the move to outlaw security firms say Afghanistan lacks the capacity to provide sufficient across-the-board security for itself.

Afghanistan's police and army are due to take control of security in the war-torn country in some more peaceful areas from July and across the nation by 2014.

The latest announcement threatens to further strain relations between Kabul and its Western backers which have been particularly tense recently over the issue of civilian deaths in international military operations.

A US congressional report earlier this month found that the number of private security personnel working for the US military in Afghanistan rose to 18,919 at the end of last year, the highest level used in any conflict by the United States.

It added that the figure had more than tripled since June 2009. Around 95 percent of those working for private security firms in Afghanistan were Afghans, it added.


Courtesy: AFP

 

 


 



    

Top Stories

Punjab govt. seeks four-month time for LB polls

ISLAMABAD: Punjab government has sought four-month time from Supreme Court (SC) for holding local bodies election in the...

Car bombings kill at least 33 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD: A new wave of car bombs ripped through commercial areas in the Iraqi capital and areas to the south Tuesday, ki...

Altaf, Zardari discuss law & order in Sindh

KARACHI: Muttahidat Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and former president and co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Pa...

White House weighs petition to deport Justin Bieber

WASHINGTON: As if Barack Obama didn't have enough problems to deal with already, his administration now is being asked t...

Sindh CNG stations reopen after 24 hours

KARACHI: CNG stations across Sindh including Karachi reopened after 24-hour closure at 8:00 AM today (Tuesday), media re...

Gas leakage blast kills 1, hurts 3 in Quetta

QUETTA: An explosion occurred at a house due to gas leakage, killing at least one person and wounding three others here ...

Ministry of CAD decisions put students,teachers & parents in a fix

Islamabad:Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) indecisive attitude put the students as well as paren...

10-year-old maid allegedly tortured to death in Lahore

LAHORE: A 10-year-old girl, who works as maid, was allegedly tortured to death in Lahore, medi reported.Sources said tha...

Five friends voluntarily embrace death: police

THATTA: Police after initial investigation claimed that five friends, who were allegedly killed in Noori Jam Tamachi, vo...

Pakistan wants good relations with all neighbouring countries: PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wanted good relations with all the neighbouring countries....

IHC dismisses Musharaf’s pleas; verdict issued

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued 11-page detailed verdict over the intra-court appeal filed by f...

Pakistan to get $550m after IMF review meeting on Dec. 19

WASHINGTON: International Monetary Fund (IMF) first quarter review meeting on Pakistan’s loan programme will be held on...

Kayani thanks Corps Commanders for extending support

RAWALPINDI: The 166th Corps Commanders Conference was held at General Headquarters on Thursday.   Outgoing Chief of Ar...

3 women held captive for 30 years: UK police

LONDON: Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, including one woman be...

Iran has slowed work on atomic facilities: IAEA

NEW YORK: Iran appears to have dramatically slowed work on its atomic energy program since the summer, U.N. officials s...

Young Frenchman too heavy to fly will go home by ship

NEW YORK CITY: A young Frenchman who weighs 230 kilograms (500 pounds) and was deemed too heavy to fly on a jetliner ar...

Ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf released

ISLAMABAD: Adiala Jail authorities have formally released the country’s former military strongman General (retd) Pervez...

Bolivia coca ambush leaves 4 security force members dead

LA PAZ: A weekend ambush and hostage-taking involving police and Bolivian coca growers has left four people dead, offic...

Muslim pilgrims ritually stone devil as hajj nears end

MINA: Throngs of Muslim pilgrims took part in devil-stoning ritual for a second day Wednesday in Saudi Arabia's Mina Va...

KP Home Department orders police to collect data of internet cafes

PESHAWAR: The Home Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has ordered police to collect the record of all the intern...


Feature / Analysis

  • SMOG IN INDIA, CHINA IS CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS IN US, FINDS STUDY

    Man-made air pollution in Asia is exacerbating climate change and link...

    Read More »

  • Amid construction boom, Myanmar starts to build disaster resilience

    YANGON, Myanmar: The Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon is famous for...

    Read More »

  • EPA scores big win to limit mercury in power plants

    The Environmental Protection Agency took home a sweeping victory Tuesd...

    Read More »

  • Asian Pollution Boosts Pacific Storm Power

    Pollution from China's coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter ...

    Read More »


Opinion

  • Coal Returns to German Utilities Replacing Lost Nuclear

    What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to cl...

    Read More »

  • US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

    A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journalPersp...

    Read More »

  • An unequal battle

    WHILE going to the Karachi Press Club to attend a press conference cal...

    Read More »

  • Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

    CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica : The critically endangered hawksbil...

    Read More »