FIA offloads beggars masquerading as Umrah pilgrims

FIA offloads beggars masquerading as Umrah pilgrims


The group of beggars has six women and two men

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MULTAN (Web Desk) - As many as nine alleged beggars were offloaded by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from the Saudi Arabia-bound flight at Multan airport. 

This is the third incident of arrest of suspected beggars trying to board a plane in the last few months. 

In the latest incident, the suspects intended to travel to Saudi Arabia by flight (PA-870) in the guise of Umrah pilgrims. 

According to the spokesperson of FIA, a woman agent also was travelling with the beggars. The suspects didn’t have booking of any hotel for their stay in Saudi Arabia. The group of beggars comprises six women and two men, said the FIA immigration. 

The suspects were handed over to the Anti-Human Trafficking Circle of Multan while further investigation is under way. 

The spokesperson added that strict action was being taken against the beggars involved in heinous crime in the foreign countries.

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“The suspects involved in the begging in foreign countries would be blacklisted,” said the spokesperson. 

It merits mention here that the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development had submitted a report in the Senate committee, stating that a number of beggars were trafficked abroad through illegal channels. 

The ministry said 90 per cent of beggars apprehended in foreign countries belonged to Pakistan.