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Pakistani beggars face legal action by Saudi Authorities in Madina

Saudi Government has started a crackdown against Pakistani beggars in Madina, arresting about 18 men and women; a Saudi intelligence report indicates. An outrageous revelation by the Saudi intelligence has stated that as the Umrah season begins with a flare, beggars’ mafia has become active and has sent at least 210 Pakistani beggars to Madina on Umrah visas.

As mentioned, 18 people have been arrested in connection with begging while police is continuing extensive raid to jail remaining 192 people. The captives are being kept in special Madina jail, men in barrack no. 47 and women in barrack no. 56. Among detainees are the residents of South Punjab mostly belonging to Rahim Yar Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan.

The names of the detainees as issued by the Madina police include; Azam Khan, Amir Khan, Shabeeran Bibi, Riaz Ahmed, Mukhtar Ahmed, Niamat, Nusrat Bibi, Sajawal Hussain, Nazeeran Bibi, Zehru Khan,  Shama, Abdul Qudoos, Nazeera Bibi, Zareena Bibi, Sahiba Mai, Mehru Mai, Meenu Mai, Riaz Ahmed, and Muneeran Bibi.

The group head of all beggars, Mukhtar has also been arrested. He has unveiled that 210 people who have been sent in connection to beseeching were issued visas through travel agencies in Rahim Yar Khan and Karachi.

“The beggars stay in Madina till Hajj and earn 20,000-25,000 riyal. Half of the money goes to the organizers and the remaining are ours. Before coming to Madina, Jamal Khan from Dera Ghazi Khan and Dawai Khan from Karachi give us some amount in advance for our family. The amount is then deducted from the earnings of begging.

“Jamal Khan’s brother Zaru Khan deals with the beggars in Makkah and Madina and possess many passports,” he added.

On the other hand, Ali Shah travel agency of Rahim Yar Khan, which was allegedly involved in sending the professional beggars, has denied any sort of involvement in the large-scale hooliganism. Travel agency head Malik Iqbal has repudiated the indictment and has said that they are not involved in any act of sending people abroad through illicit means. He further insisted that the agency is not responsible if someone is arrested abroad, for involvement in any unlawful dealings.