Afghanistan Chamber of Industries and Mines on Sunday said that over the past few weeks, business community is coping with a fresh wave of security threats, extortions and kidnapping, asking the government to act and protect the business community.
Business community said that the government has failed to ensure the security of industrialists and business community.
“We receive two or three reports which indicate that industry owners, investors or technical staff members of the factories were facing hundreds of threats every year, but threats have risen significantly this year,” said Rahimullah Samandar, CEO of Afghanistan Chamber of Industries and Mines.
Industry owners said government should review the security plan for investors and business community.
“This head of the national directorate of security, this police, for God sake, they can provide security for 50 or 100 acres land and you call yourself government,” said Sayed Mubashir Sadat, a factory owner in Kabul.
“The structure of PD9 security department does not meet the reequipment of industrial parks, we have demanded a special unit to be assigned for the security of the industrial parks,” said Sakhi Ahmad Paiman, an industry owner.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has said it is undertaking a range of comprehensive plans aimed at ensuring the security of businessmen.
“We have brought some eases in getting weapon licenses. The honorable factory owners and industrialists who are eligible may receive the license to carry a weapon,” said Nusrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry.