Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears

Pakistani laborers gather outside the overseas employment consultant office in Rawalpindi to apply for jobs with a construction company in Saudi Arabia. /AFP/Getty Images

 

Saudi Arabia over the past four months has deported some 40,000 Pakistani workers, many of whom were said to be linked to Islamic State (ISIS) and other terror groups.

The foreign workers were deported for visa violations, security concerns and being involved in crimes such as theft and drug trafficking, the Saudi Gazette reported, citing security sources.

Abdullah Al-Sadoun, the chairman of the security committee of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, has called for extreme vetting of Pakistanis, adding that the workers’ political and religious affiliations should be examined before they are approved to come to the kingdom.

“Pakistan itself is plagued with terrorism due to its close proximity with Afghanistan. The Taliban extremist movement was itself born in Pakistan,” he said.

Full article: Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears (World Tribune)

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