Saudi Arabia deports 39,000 Pakistanis

Saudi Arabia deports 39,000 Pakistanis

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia deported about 39,000 Pakistani nationals from the Kingdom in the past four months for violating the rules of residence and work, the Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.

The deportations were a result of visa violations. Officials in the Kingdom are carrying out a “thorough scrutiny” of Pakistanis allowed in to the Oil-rich country amid concern that some of them could be ISIS sympathizers.

Besides involvement in some terrorist actions orchestrated by Daesh, the so-called Islamic State, number of Pakistanis were held in the crimes of drug trafficking, thefts, forgery and physical assault, according to officials.

Against this backdrop, Abdullah Al-Sadoun, chairman of the security committee of the Shoura Council, called for “thoroughly scrutinizing” the Pakistanis before they are recruited for work in the Kingdom.