Karzai, brothers do not own security firms, official says
December 21st, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Karzai, brothers do not own security firms, official says

Following allegations earlier in the year that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his brothers owned private security companies, Interior Ministry adviser Abdul Manan Farahi said an investigation by the ministry concluded they did not.

"During the investigation we found out that President Karzai and his brothers do not have any private security companies and no private security companies have any links to them," Farahi said.

He added that 57 private security companies were dissolved over the last four months, including unregistered and illegal companies which were violating the Afghan laws - all of them Afghan companies.

The government has a three-phase plan to eventually eliminate private security companies. The only ones allowed to operate in country will be those that service diplomats and associated organizations, but with strict restrictions.

"The private security companies which are responsible for security of the diplomats and diplomatic organizations will work under Ministry of Interior framework and they will be only responsible for securing the interior perimeters of the compounds of diplomatic organizations," said Farahi.

He also added that the ministry was running a test that would be a framework for the future.

"Fifty policemen hired in seven private security companies are working on managing and maintaining security of the convoys," he said.

In the future, Farahi said, "The security companies which are escorting convoys will be disbanded as soon as the Interior Ministry policemen replace them."

Abdul Ghafar Saidzada, chief of the Counterterrorism Department, told CNN that in total there had been 109 security companies. Of them, 52 which are registered remain in operation.

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  1. Wuchi2me

    This is BS because USAID gave his brother $30M to do some bogus security assessment study! USAID is a part of the problem there and use the usual suspects around the world which is why we don't get any traction. Also USAID/OTI (COIN) team is wedded to this tribes-only engagement approach which is broken.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Right and the United States doesn't have any Homeless!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Farid

    There is so much that they own and it is under the name of a close relative, friend or an associate and it is a proven fact not a fabrication.

    December 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |