NCL Security Response to the Afghan Government's Bridging Strategy for Implementation of Presidential Decree 62

By Ncl Security, PRNE
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MCLEAN, Virginia, March 18, 2011 - NCL Security has learned from the Afghan Government's March 15, 2011
"Bridging Strategy for Implementation of Presidential Decree 62" that it is
among a series of private security companies whose licenses are to be
discontinued within 90 days from a date yet to be specified "because of
having ties with the GIRoA" (the Government of the Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan). While NCL Security keenly supports the anti-corruption policies
which it understood to be the underlying intent of Presidential Decree 62, it
strongly disputes the implication that Afghans whose family members serve in
government should be banned from engaging in legitimate business activities
that are essential to securing and stabilizing Afghanistan.

NCL Security is a strategic partner of NCL Holdings, a global logistics
and professional service provider founded and chaired by Mr. Hamed Wardak,
the son of Afghanistan Defense Minister General Rahim Wardak. However,
neither General Wardak nor any Afghan Government official has ever played any
role whatsoever in the operations of the company, nor held any ownership
stake in the company, nor had the ability to influence the awarding of
contracts by the United States Government, the only client of NCL Security.

"The basic freedom of all Afghans to engage in commercial activities for
the benefit of themselves, their Afghan employees and their country is
threatened by this poorly crafted and ill-considered implementation strategy.
The idea that, simply because Afghans have family members serving their
government, they should be denied the opportunity to participate in securing
their country and helping to build a stable and modern economy is an
irrational policy, and one that is in direct violation of the Afghan
Constitution," said Hamed Wardak, Chairman of NCL Holdings. "Where there is
corrupt influence, ownership by government officials or illegal activity by
private security firms, the GIRoA owes the people of Afghanistan a rational
and transparent program to identify and prosecute those activities."

Mr. Wardak continued, "The bridging strategy does not accomplish that
goal. Rather, and perhaps unintentionally, it disenfranchises honest and law
abiding business people from supporting essential security functions of the
International Security Assistance Force simply because of their family name."
Mr. Wardak called for the Parliament and the Ministry of Interior's review of
the proposed decree to clarify that family ties alone are not a rational
basis for discontinuation of a security license by the GIRoA.

The office of Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim has issued an
order postponing the implementation of Decree 62 until the Afghan Parliament
has had a chance to rule on it. The Parliament has summoned the Minister of
Interior, Bismullah Khan Mohammadi, for a first hearing on this matter on
Saturday, March 19.

The facts:

    - NCL Holdings owns two entities within Afghanistan: NCL Construction and
      NCL Logistics. NCL Security is an independent company that is
      separately licensed and whose officers do not include Mr. Wardak.
    - NCL Security is a legally registered and licensed entity that is in
      complete compliance with all laws and regulations for Afghanistan and
      US government Private Security Companies operating in the region.
    - NCL Security has zero deficiencies or violations as determined by two
      audits recently conducted by the Government of Afghanistan.
    Contact: Jackie Adams

Jackie Adams, Jacadams at, +1-212-369-6863

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