Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Pakistan: US security contractors survive, UK firms pack up

By Baqir Sajjad Syed, Dawn.com, March 1, 2010

The survival of the US firms continues to pose a challenge to the country’s law-enforcement agencies who fear that these entities may be part of an attempt to establish a parallel security and intelligence network. –Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Several US contractors who have been at the centre of a controversy over presence of foreign security companies in the country appear to have survived, while the British firms have left.

There has been a recent onslaught of reports in the national media about the presence of foreign security contractors, particularly Blackwater/Xe.

The survival of the US firms, including Catalyst Services considered by many as front organisations of Blackwater/Xe and the Dyncorp, continues to pose a challenge to the country’s law-enforcement agencies who fear that these entities may be part of an attempt to establish what they call a parallel security and intelligence network.

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