Hammer falls on security agencies
By Syed Irfan Raza
ISLAMABAD: The local administration cancelled the licences of 22 security companies on Monday and barred them from operating in the federal capital for violating the law governing them.
An official spokesman said they did not observe the Private Security Companies Ordinance 2001 and the Private Companies Rules 2001 and their offices were being sealed “with immediate effect”.
“Islamabad police and administration have started inspecting other private security companies to ensure that they observe the law and the rules in letter and spirit,” the spokesman said.
Sources said action against the 22 companies served as a warning to other companies in the field.
It followed a letter sent by the interior ministry in March to all provincial governments and the Islamabad administration asking them to see, among other things, that the domestic companies did not associate foreign security agencies in their operations.
The letter said: “Keeping in view the prevailing security situation, no private security company be authorised to have contract with foreign security agencies.”
None of the 22 companies shut down in the federal capital fell in the category. In fact all of them had long been dormant.
Though registered as security companies, they had not recruited required manpower nor paid the government usual fees, according to the sources.
Following are the private security companies whose licences have been revoked: Hayat Security Services, Merit Security Services, Miraj Security Guards, Rajpoot Security and Management Services, Buzard Security, Hi-Guards, Security Guards, Al-Khalid Security Services, City Security Services, Joint Security Management, Habsha Security Services, Field Security Services, Saim Security Company, Spider Security Services, Arrows Security Services, NS Security Services, Frontier Security System, Security Enforcement and Management Services, Famous Security Services and Al-Asakar Company.
Those security companies still working have been directed to renew their licences in time, arrange periodic training of their guards and ensure their antecedents, security clearance by the police prior to their deployment in Islamabad.