LAHORE: On Friday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested four individuals who had disguised themselves as Umrah pilgrims but were, in fact, alleged beggars in Lahore.
According to an FIA spokesperson, the anti-human trafficking cell detained four individuals, comprising two men and two women, in Lahore. The spokesperson also revealed that these individuals had frequently visited Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq for the purpose of begging.
Furthermore, these beggars had agreed to give half of their earnings to the travel agents responsible for organizing their trips.
Subsequently, a case has registered against the apprehended ‘beggars’ and their associated agents. Additionally, the FIA took action at Multan airport, offloading 24 alleged beggars disguised as Umrah pilgrims from a flight bound for Saudi Arabia.
The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development informed the Senate Committee on Overseas Pakistanis of a significant issue: the trafficking of a substantial number of beggars abroad through illegal channels, preceding these arrests
In light of these arrests, the issue of beggars being trafficked abroad through illegal channels remains a concern.
Elon Musk’s X Makes Headlines Disappear, Igniting Fresh Conflict With Media Outlets
Elon Musk’s social media platform, X, has removed headlines from news articles shared by users, further straining relations with media groups.
The billionaire entrepreneur has consistently criticized the “legacy media” and claimed that X, formerly known as Twitter, offers a superior source of information.
However, Musk stated that the latest change was primarily for “aesthetic” reasons. News and other links on the platform now appear solely as images with no accompanying text.