Afghanistan scraps plan to ban private security firms

Afghanistan scraps plan to ban private security firms

Kabul: Afghanistan announced on Monday that it would scrap plans to ban private security firms working across the country, announcing instead new restrictions on their operations.

All 52 licensed companies will now continue to provide security to the international forces, the Pentagon, the UN mission, aid and non-governmental organisations, embassies and Western media companies in Afghanistan.

“Their future operations will continue in accordance with the law and regulations in place," interior ministry adviser Abdul Manan Farahi said.

Security firms under criminal investigation could still be forced to close, however, and a list of banned companies will be announced on 17 December, he said.

In August, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the dissolution of all private security firms by the end of the year, causing fears that it could endanger vital aid projects and the transport of military supplies.