The poor economic conditions of Pakistan and its citizen is not hidden from anyone. But a new startling fact has come out that even the Pakistanis who are living abroad they too are in poor economic conditions. It has been found that 90% of the arrested beggars in abroad are Pakistanis.This information was revealed by Zulfikar Haider, secretary of the overseas ministry, during a Senate panel discussion on the topic of skilled and unskilled labour leaving the nation.In an interview with The Dawn, Haider revealed that a startling 90% of beggars detained abroad are from Pakistan. Concerns regarding the growing issue of human trafficking involving beggars from Pakistan looking for chances overseas have been raised in response to this report.
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Japan being the new travel destination for these tourists
Haider informed the Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis that many beggars from Pakistan have been travelling to other nations, mainly Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and even Japan, using a variety of strategies, including abusing pilgrim visas. Additionally, he noted that many of the pickpockets who were detained at holy places in these nations were Pakistani nationals, along with beggars. The scenario in Japan, which has recently become a new travel destination for these tourists, has made the problem more complicated. In order to properly address this issue, a complete strategy is required, as Haider’s revelation highlights. In addition to talking on the problem of beggars, Haider emphasized Pakistan’s historical contribution to the export of skilled labor to other nations. He expressed hope that as more professionals left the nation, the amount of money sent back would rise.
There are unemployed talented labor in Pakistan
He did, however, also bring up a worrying figure: there are currently about 50,000 unemployed engineers in Pakistan. This calls into question how well the nation’s talented labour is being utilised and the requirement for greater domestic job alternatives.Haider further pointed out that Saudi Arabia currently favours trained workers over unskilled ones. This change in choice highlights the need for Pakistan to concentrate on improving the skills of its workers in order to remain competitive on a global scale. It also reflects the shifting requirements of overseas job markets.
Pakistanis suffering while India achieving goals
A committee member named Senator Hasan voiced anger at the nation’s current predicament. He emphasized that Pakistan still suffers difficulties despite India’s notable achievements, such as the moon landing. Hasan’s comments emphasize the necessity of making strategic investments in innovation, technology, and education to advance Pakistan on the international stage.
A large number of Pakistanis live in Gulf countries
The talk also highlighted the sizeable population of Pakistanis living abroad in different nations. The fact that there are almost three million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia emphasizes the significance of this bilateral connection. In addition, there are 0.2 million Pakistanis in Qatar and 1.5 million in the UAE. These statistics highlight the extent of Pakistanis living abroad and the economic contributions they make to their host nations and Pakistan through remittances.Various urgent challenges for Pakistan are brought to light by the statements made by Overseas Ministry Secretary Zulfikar Haider during the Senate panel session. The increasing number of beggars from Pakistan who are detained abroad and the abuse of pilgrim visas draw attention to the need for tighter security and immigration controls.
Pakistan must address the shortage of educated individuals and make investments in education and innovation. It is essential to make sure that Pakistanis abroad are well-equipped to contribute constructively to their host countries and, in turn, benefit Pakistan through increasing remittances as the nation continues to transfer its workers abroad. Strategically addressing these issues could help Pakistan and its domestic population have a better future.