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PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES THREAT TO SECURITY - AFGHAN OFFICIAL Print
BBC Monitoring International Reports - April 24, 2007 Tuesday

Text of report by Mashhad Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran External Service on 24 April

[Presenter] Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, the deputy interior minister in charge of security affairs has expressed concern over the
existence of private security companies in Afghanistan.

He has said that such foreign and domestic companies are a security threat in Afghanistan. My colleague Mr Qurayshi has a report on this from Kabul.

[Reporter] Security reinforcement has become a significant challenge for the government of Afghanistan. In addition to the deteriorating security situation in the southern and eastern provinces and the escalation of Taleban attacks targeting the government and foreign forces, the Afghan Interior Ministry is concerned about the lack of control over the private foreign and domestic companies that have a lot of unregistered weapons and ammunition.

Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, the deputy interior minister in charge of security affairs, Gen Khalid, said that there were numerous security companies in Afghanistan and most of them had been registered with the ministry.

He also said that the companies' activities are not in line with the rules and regulations in Afghanistan.

He said such companies were a threat to security and outlined the ministry's new policies and programmes to control the activities of these companies in
the future.

He said that around 59 companies were active in the country and but only 39 had registered with the Interior Ministry.

Gen Khalid said that a commission had been established to monitor the companies' activities and so far 14 companies had been assessed and around
4,600 weapons and ammunition registered.

The deputy interior minister said that the security guards for private or foreign companies should not commute in Kabul city with arms.

He said that they can rely on the police and in case of any need they can address their problems to the police. He said:

[Deputy interior minister] According to the new rules, private companies will not be allowed to carry weapons while commuting in the security areas
of Kabul city such as Wazir Akbar Khan and Shahr-e Naw.

[Reporter] The deputy minister said that private companies will be allowed to have their weapons in the insecure areas. He also said that the police
will stop all vehicles with tinted windows because most armed robberies are carried out using such vehicles.

He also said that the police in Kabul would be provided with 5,000 motorbikes in the next five months.

Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran External Service, Mashhad in
Dari 1330 gmt 24 Apr 07

BBC Monitoring
 
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