The extortion of money from the poor by the so-called Pirs has been going on for years without any government check. These people deprive the poor of their hard-earned money by brainwashing them through various methods. The money swindled is, then, spent on maintaining a flashy lifestyle, including luxury jaunts to foreign lands, by these Pirs and their families. It is high time the government passed the relevant laws to prosecute these Pirs and stopped them from looting the poor in the name of religion. -DR IRFAN ZAFAR, Islamabad, via e-mail, February 18.