ISLAMABAD  – Professional beggars have thronged Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The beggars are seen working in small groups to collect alms at different places including road signals, markets, mosques and main streets. Their ages range from 10 to 70 years including women, kids and old age persons, he added.

Residents of various localities said that the steps may be taken to discourage this menace from society, as according to Islamic teachings, it is not a good practice. There is no doubt that a number of drives by the district government have been underway but beggary still remains unchecked in commercial, residential areas, hospitals, bus stands and at different traffic signals of the city.

On the other hand, beggars have adopted new tactics like wiping the car screen and some of them, even show fake medical certificates to fleece the commuters.

The citizens said that the concerned authorities should give a serious attention to this issue and launch a massive drive against the professional beggars with the help philanthropists and other social organisations.