Afghan President Hamid Karzai has abandoned plans to scrap private security firms in the country by mid-December, the interior ministry says.
Fifty-four private security firms have been dissolved in recent weeks in a drive to clamp down on the industry.
But interior ministry officials said most of the 52 mainly Afghan firms remaining would retain their licences.
Private security firms provide guards at everything from diplomatic missions, aid agencies and supply convoys.
…In August, President Karzai gave private security companies four months to end operations in Afghanistan following concerns that some contractors empowered warlords and power brokers operating outside government control.
But recently aides to the president have advised him that the move to disband the network completely was ill-advised, as the security forces could not fill the gap.
“Their future operations will continue in accordance with the law and regulations in place,” an interior minister told a news conference in Kabul.
He said some of the 52 firms still operating remained under criminal investigation and could face closure; a list of banned companies would be announced on 17 December.
Mr Farahi said that those which remained would have to follow tighter rules. They would have to wear uniforms and would not be allowed to stop vehicles or block roads for security reasons.
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SO first the crackdown, and then the reshuffle. It will be interesting to see how this continues to play out both through official and back channels. ~ES