A lot has been said and written about the menace of beggary in this country but to no avail. The authorities concerned are least bothered to intervene. The zakat collection that could have been funneled towards rehabilitation of these professional beggars is siphoned off to achieve political motives. The only solution that I can think of is educating the public not to give alms to these people but weak faith, ill-gotten money and showoff prevents them from doling out alms to the begging mafia. Hoards of beggars at traffic crossings and public places, is a blot on the face of the nation but who cares. Those at the helm of the affairs are always jet setting around the world with a stretched hand.

DR SHAHID QAYYUM,

Lahore, October 23