Beggars in Pakistan use cell phones to beg
Rawalpindi, May 2: Beggars in Pakistan are reportedly using mobile phones to acquire hefty alms in the name of religion. As a matter of routine, they reportedly send messages asking for a credit of Rs 10-100, offering in return a place in paradise. Muhammad Usman, a businessman, said that he received almost ten messages a day from a beggar.
One message reads, "I am a poor man and my daughter is admitted to hospital. If you have faith in one God, please send me a credit of at least Rs 10. God may reward you and take you out of all troubles," the Daily Times quoted Usman, as saying. Another mobile user said money should not be given to unknown senders of messages, as this was no way to beg. These message senders exploited the people's faith and mobile users should be aware of the situation.
"Customers often complain of unknown messages calling for money. The beggars misused credit sharing facility on mobile phones," said Muhammad Rajid, a PCO owner.