Afghan government to ban private security firms by next year.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to disband all foreign and…

Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to disband all foreign and domestic private security companies by next year, his chief spokesman said Monday.

‘The government of Afghanistan has decided that the security companies have to go. That will be done within coming four months,’ Waheed Omer told a press conference in Kabul.

A presidential decree expected to be issued late Monday would detail the process to eliminate private security firms.

Afghan officials have repeatedly said that security companies operating outside Kabul’s oversight have undermined the authority of the government. They are also accused of being involved in armed robbery and abductions.

Around 52 firms including 26 foreign private security companies operate in the country. Most of them are assigned to protect NATO military bases around the country, or escort their supply convoys in hostile regions.

‘It is not about regulation of activities of private security companies, it is about their presence and it is about the way they function in Afghanistan and it’s about the way they have developed into alternative forces from the government of Afghanistan,’ he said.

Source: Monsters and Critics

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