Over the past four months, the Saudi authorities have deported almost 40,000 Pakistani migrant workers. According to a local newspaper, a number of them were linked to ISIS and other terrorist groups. Some were involved in local crimes such as theft and drug trafficking.
Earlier this week, the Saudi Gazette cited security sources involved in the matter who said that these foreign workers were deported for visa violations, security concerns and being involved in crimes.
The sources told the newspaper that a number of the Pakistanis were linked to ISIS while some were involved in crimes such as drug trafficking, theft and assault.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Al-Sadoun, the chairman of the security committee of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, called for Pakistani nationals to be vetted most intensely before they come to work in the country. He called for the Saudi authorities to work with their Pakistani counterparts in order to thoroughly review those who apply for work in the country and said that the candidates’ political and religious affiliations should be examined as well before they are approved to come to the country.
Reported by: Jerusalem Online