EVERY day one can see beggars at almost every traffic signal in the capital city of Islamabad, with some of them being handicapped who obviously cannot reach the place without any help.

It has been observed that early in the morning an organised system of pick-and-drop facility is arranged by the handlers of this ‘profitable’ business to get the beggars dropped at various places and in the evening they are picked up again for dropping them back to the ‘boarding facility’ where their earnings are collected every day.

I can’t expect much action from the government which is already bent upon making the entire nation beggar.

DR IRFAN ZAFAR Islamabad

Updated Oct 23, 2012 03:24am

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Comments (3) (Closed)


Murad Iqbal
Oct 23, 2012 11:24am
Absolutely true. I have seen many trying to act lame when the cars stop on the signal, and becoming normal when they leave. They pay 'tax' to the mafias for their 'earnings'. Very shameful situation.
Guest62
Oct 23, 2012 06:33pm
and Who are those Mafia Group , please help to identify them too
mohammad shafiq
Oct 23, 2012 01:27pm
more and more people are being reduced to beggary due to the fact that 80% of the GNP is consumed by the armed forces either directly or indirectly while pakistan's civiian problems compound