Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
Oct 16, 2010
Karzai Shutting down Private Security Companies
On 7th August, 2010 President Hamid Karzai during his visit to the Civil Service Institute in Kabul announced that he will soon dissolve both national and international Private Security Companies (PSCs) operating in Afghanistan. President Karzai’s argument in favor of his decision was the existence of private security companies as being against Afghanistan’s national interests. Karzai argued that PSCs have created a parallel security force which competes with the Afghan Security Forces (ASFs). Also, PSCs are at times a cause of instability in Afghanistan as well. Therefore, on 17th August, President Karzai issued the eight article decree disbanding all PSCs operating in Afghanistan within the next four months. This step was taken as part of the President’s plan to hand over security responsibilities to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. Though, it seems that the four month deadline for closure of PSCs is impractical since the necessary procedures for the transference from PSCs to the Afghan security forces, in addition to ending contracts between international organizations and PSCs would stretch beyond the four months designated. The Afghan government should instead dissolve PSCs gradually instead of speedily. (Full Artical,file type (Pdf) 110 KB )
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