President Karzai orders to ban private security firms in Afghanistan

20:31, August 17, 2010      

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Afghan president Hamid karzai in an order issued Tuesday gave four months deadline to all local and foreign private security firms to cease operation in the war- battered country.

Copy of the order sent to media said that decision has been taken in line with the constitution to fight corruption, ensure security for the citizens and check misusing weapons and military uniforms by private security firms.

"The order is effective forthwith with immediate effect from the date of issuance," it emphasized.

Afghan president in his order also said that Interior Ministry is responsible to provide security for the diplomatic missions and international agencies based in Kabul and other cities, while Defense Ministry and National Security Directorate would ensure security for logistic convoys of international troops on their way from Kabul to provinces and onward to districts.

Dozens of Afghan and foreign security companies with over 30, 000 personnel have been operating in Afghanistan, providing security to international agencies based in Kabul and escort logistic convoys of NATO-led troops in the country.



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