ISLAMABAD: With all its blessings, a radical change in routine life and many other unique features, the holy month of Ramzan also brings with it a flock of beggars in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi adding to the frustration of inflation stricken masses.
Although the menace of beggary engulfs the twin cities throughout the year but in Ramzan, the business goes at its peak as Muslims pay hefty amount of Zakat, Fitrana and alms.
All the major markets, shopping centers and signals are thronged with beggars of all kinds including children, women, couples and Eunches.
“This is really frustrating. One can not enjoy shopping due to these beggars who chase you everywhere and keep on begging for money,” said Manahil, a young lady doing shopping in Commercial Market, Rawalpindi.
She said these beggars work in groups and if you give some amount to one, others will also gather around you and ask for their share too.
Pakistan being one of the top alms paying nations is a heaven for beggars where beggary has become a profession and different tactics are adopted to earn money through this profession.
“These people have made beggary a business as different tactics are adopted to emotionally blackmail people to earn money,” said Altaf Hussain, doing shopping in Karachi Company.
He said the menace have also deprived the deserving persons of their due right to take Zakat, Fitrana and alms.
It is learnt that these beggars belong to far flung areas of the country who throng all the major cities in the holy month and return to their areas one night before Eid.
“I have moved to Rawalpindi along with my whole family to earn some money for Eid as it is a big city where shopping centres remain open late night in Ramzan,” said Ashraf, a beggar who migrated from Bahawalpur.
He said begging was his family business as his forefathers also throng all the major cities in the holy month and return to their areas one night before Eid.
It was pertinent to mention that the government had initiated a number of drives to control beggary in the past but in vain. However, some concrete steps were needed to be taken to curb this ever growing business besides making beggars useful citizens.