Sun. Jun 23rd, 2024
'No Place for Beggars and Pickpockets' : Saudi Arabia Sends Firm Signal to Pakistan Regarding Haj Quota

‘No Place for Beggars and Pickpockets’ : Saudi Arabia Sends Firm Signal to Pakistan Regarding Haj Quota

‘No Place for Beggars and Pickpockets’ : Saudi Arabia Sends Firm Signal to Pakistan Regarding Haj Quota

Pakistan tops the list of beggars arrested abroad, raised concerns about human trafficking

In a recent meeting of the Ministry of External Affairs, Saudi Arabia gave a strong warning to Pakistan regarding the selection of candidates for the Haj quota. This concern arises from the significant proportion of beggars arrested on Umrah visas, of which a shocking 90% are of Pakistani origin. Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary faced criticism during the meeting, alleging that repeat offenders were being sent to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi officials expressed their disappointment, saying, “Our prisons are filled with your prisoners,” stressing the need for rigorous screening and selection processes to prevent such incidents in the future.

The issue of beggars taking advantage of pilgrim visas to enter countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq adds to the problem. Additionally, a disturbing number of pickpockets caught at holy sites abroad have been identified as Pakistani nationals.

Challenges in Pakistan

Japan has emerged as a new destination for such individuals, highlighting the increasing flow of beggars and pickpockets from Pakistan abroad. Despite these challenges, Pakistan historically exports skilled labor, leading to expectations of an increase in foreign remittances as more professionals seek opportunities abroad. Saudi Arabia’s preference for skilled labor over untrained individuals underlines the importance of skill development and job creation within Pakistan.

Furthermore, the revelation that approximately 50,000 engineers are unemployed in Pakistan emphasizes the urgent need for domestic employment creation and skills utilization. Senator Hassan provided a comparative perspective, highlighting the developmental differences between Pakistan and India, while also emphasizing the important role of Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar in Pakistan’s economy and society.

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