Overseas Employment Services: Fauji Foundation headhunts for Bahrain’s security units

Published: March 11, 2011

Bahrainis demonstrate in front of the UN headquarters in Manama as part of the anti-government protests since February 14. Pakistanis serving in Bahrain’s security forces have reportedly been involved in a crackdown on protestors. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

The Overseas Employment Services (OES) of the Fauji Foundation is recruiting hundreds of ex-servicemen to serve in the Bahrain National Guard (BNG).

Advertisements in an Urdu language daily and on the OES website state that the BNG “immediately” requires people with experience and qualifications as anti-riot instructors and security guards.

While an official at the Fauji Foundation said there were 800 vacancies and 6,000-7,000 applications had been received, another at the OES said there were 200 to 300 vacancies and a number of people had been selected.

The advertisement states that a BNG delegation is visiting Pakistan from March 7 to March 14 to recruit people from the following categories: officers (majors), Pakistan Military Academy drill instructors, anti-riot instructors, security guards, and military police as well as cooks and mess waiters. Civilians were required as security guards, while the rest of the categories required experience in the military or security forces. The requirement for anti-riot instructors was NCOs (non-commissioned officers) from the Sindh Rangers or officers of an equivalent rank from the Elite Police Force.

The official at the OES also said that Bahrain’s army had recently recruited ex-servicemen from Pakistan. In December, the OES advertised positions for retired Pakistan Army doctors to serve in the King’s Guard.

The Fauji Foundation was set up in 1954 and serves as a trust for ex-servicemen and their families. It is believed to be among the largest industrial conglomerates in the country.

Bahrain tensions

Pakistanis serving in Bahrain’s security forces were reportedly involved in a crackdown on protestors in Manama in February in which seven people were killed and hundreds injured. Some injured protestors told the media that the police who beat them up spoke Urdu.

“They are uneducated, don’t speak Arabic and are difficult to communicate with,” said Maryam alKhawaja, the head of the Foreign Relations Office at the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, about the Pakistanis serving in the anti-riot police.

“Mostly they are Baloch. One story I heard from a witness was that a Baloch refused to shoot a protestor at close range, despite orders from his superior, because he was saying Allah o Akbar. The high-ranking officer, who was Bahraini, took the Baloch’s weapons, beat him and then shot the protestor himself.

According to Reuters, opposition activists estimate that up to half of Bahrain’s approximately 20,000-strong national security apparatus is made up of Sunnis from Pakistan, Jordan and Yemen.

Recruiting security personnel from these countries and any moves to naturalise them is viewed by the opposition as a way to increase the Sunni demographic, given that at least 70 per cent of Bahrain’s population is Shia. Thousands protested in Manama earlier this week against any move to give citizenship to Sunnis serving in the military.

“We can’t tell whether there has been an increase in Pakistanis (in the security forces) since the government refuses to give us any numbers on political naturalisation,” said alKhwaja.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Muhammad ijaz
    Mar 11, 2011 - 11:37AM

    Im 35 yeas male pakistani graduate Nurse. Working since 10 year.
    I want o apply in Behri force in medical department.
    If possible pleas contact me.
    Best regards
    Muhammad ijaz
    00923455755416Recommend

  • muhammad shoaib
    Mar 11, 2011 - 12:01PM

    i am 27 years male pakistani graduate.now i am doing job in police departmant
    i want to apply in Behrin force as a Sucrity Guard

    my Contant.
    00923026270046Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 3:43PM

    @Muhammad Ijaz and Muhammad Shoaib: Bahrain is in a state of flux, the Bahranian monarchy uses foreign recruited security stuff to as a tool to repress its own citizens. Why would you want to be part of a regime that will treat you as nothing more than expendable mercanaries and loathed by the wider public. Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 11, 2011 - 5:59PM

    I am a mercenary, how much will you payRecommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 11, 2011 - 10:30PM

    Fauji foundation is no different then the Xe corporation. I wonder how many of their applicants would be involved in killing innocent people. Way to go Fauji Fonndation.Recommend

  • Ki
    Mar 12, 2011 - 2:34AM

    I am 24, Cross between Shia, and Sunni, and I want to join Protestors.

    Please call me at 1122.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 12, 2011 - 5:07AM

    @TightDhoti:

    It is much much better a proposition and I honestly want and hope to send all of them to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and where ever else —— and wish them luck and life and lots of money and lots of power to their guns ——- better to help those in need to crush their people outside Pakistan than those who need them crush us in side Pakistan. Recommend

  • Somdet
    Mar 12, 2011 - 6:35AM

    @Muhammad Ijaz and Muhammad Shoaib:
    Are you ready to kill your own brotherly muslims? What will happen to Ummah?. Is it halal?
    There is nothing wrong in trying to get a job if you think it is only a job and do not link with religion. but since we have the habit of relating everything to religion, islam & muslims, these questions are relevant. all the best.Recommend

  • Tanipak
    Mar 12, 2011 - 11:54AM

    @muhammad shoaib:
    You didn’t take bribe enough in Pakistan? Why the hell you wnat to go to Bhrain? To teach them how to make money!!!!Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 12, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Its a bloody shame that this Organization is recruiting mercenaries from this country to kill those
    already subjugated; We are the most ‘Self-Centered’ nation that under guise of Islam willingly sheds blood to please lucifer to gain a handful of dollars. Why can’t this organization utilize the
    mercenaries to search and hunt those elements working against our own state and people and
    fulfill a national obligation.Recommend

  • abdulaziz khattak
    Mar 12, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Neither is the writer nor the readers here aware of the ground realities in Bahrain.
    Mariam Al Khawajah works for the Iranians and implements their agenda in Bahrain. If the Pakistanis serving in the army and police are mercenaries (which acc to the Geneva Convention they are not) then so is Mariam and all those like her.

    I as a Pakistani-Bahraini can assure you that there is no subjugation of people in Bahrain.

    It is all a sectarian issue, with Iran playing the devil’s role.

    Bahrain has the right to protect its citizens who don’t conform to Mariam’s ideas, and therefore, will recruit anyone from anywhere to safeguard its interests.

    Such recruitments are not uncommon.Recommend

  • abdulaziz khattak
    Mar 12, 2011 - 4:47PM

    @TightDhoti:
    And who’s told you that they are loathed by the public.
    I am a citizen of Bahrain, and there is no such feelings towards these forces.

    Please keep your own house in order before you raise fingers at others.Recommend

  • abdulaziz khattak
    Mar 12, 2011 - 4:48PM

    @muhammad shoaib:

    reply to the ad.Recommend

  • Danish khan
    Mar 12, 2011 - 8:48PM

    ** I Want a Bahrain police job **

    My Qualification is Graduate (B.com), Age 23 years, Hight 5.10 inch, Muslim (Sunni) …..Recommend

  • Bahraini Citizen
    Mar 13, 2011 - 1:07AM

    Hell to the government of Bahrain.
    It seems that they are very loving to their citizens, and it can be proved by this ad.
    Hell to this traitorous government.Recommend

  • rofl
    Mar 13, 2011 - 1:08AM

    after Black water now its time for Pakwater.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 13, 2011 - 1:36AM

    Has our country really been reduced to the state where it’s people are willing to work as mercenaries in order to feed themselves?
    Part of me can understand their logic, it’s easy to preach to others when you have money, but when you have a family to feed and no other options available……
    Their misfortune should shame all Pakistanis living every where. Our leaders are so corrupt and immoral/shameless they will constantly go on about democracy and it’s virtues, stage long marches to over throw those in power but be equally as useless/corrupt themselves, visit their French villas while the country drowns…. they really don’t care. However anyone who fails to pay their taxes, steals electricity, lives of corruption in any way or form is equally to blame.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Mar 13, 2011 - 4:15PM

    Look at the way we are all arguing over this article. Check out the author’s other article on the same issue and read the comments beneath it.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/131455/ex-servicemen-export-mercenaries-to-the-middle-east/#comment-164584

    One written on 11 March and the other on 12 March. Talk about extensive research!Recommend

  • __FundaMental
    Mar 14, 2011 - 4:03PM

    Some people here talk as if it is our (Pakistan’s) responsibility to drive away the Iranian propaganda in Bahrain. When will we recover from our drugged state induced by the ‘high morals’ rhetoric. Pakistan does not make the Muslim world go round. Get over it. Recommend

  • Sunny
    Mar 15, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Pakistan must stay away from this fire as it already have enough on its plate. Do not let Pakistan and its citizens sink with Saudies. Pakistan should not repeat mistakes it made in Afghanistan but only align itself with the people and not the crumbling rulers. Money is not everything, Pak Army must avoid dollars this time, as we are already blamed by the USA that we Pakistanies sell our mothers for money. Recommend

  • Faraz
    Mar 15, 2011 - 9:26PM

    @Muhammad ijaz:

    Have some shame, Pakistani’s are being killed there because of the actions they have taken at the behest of the ruling family. This is not the time or place to search for employment.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Mar 15, 2011 - 9:28PM

    @abdulaziz khattak:

    So i guess you or someone in your family works for the interior ministry? which would explain why you towing the government line. You sir have been enslaved. Recommend

  • Haris
    Mar 16, 2011 - 1:33AM

    Im Haris Balouch I want to Join Bahrain army…………………………..Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:03PM

    They can kill their mother for money. Send all fanatic evils to bahrain and saudia. Clean Pakistan for these filthy creatures.Recommend

  • saleem
    Mar 17, 2011 - 5:46PM

    I am 36 and want to join the protests with Shias though i am a Sunni. The mercenaries can fight me here in Islamabad as they can treat me as a protester in Bahrain. I am very close to Aabpara, ISI head office. Thanks Recommend

  • Asif Ali
    Mar 18, 2011 - 5:54PM

    I want to work in Bahrain.

    Chak # 203 G.B Tehsil Samundri District Faisalabad. Mobile: 0301- 7167870
    Email: asifmoon786@yahoo.com
    Asif Ali

    Objective Seeking for a challenging position in a highly competitive environment to prove my professional skills and enhance current knowledge and expertise.
    PERSONAL Profile Father’s Name: MUHAMMAD ASHRAF
    Date of Birth: 03/05/1983
    Domicile: Faisalabad
    Marital Status: Married
    Nic #: 33105-0376646-9
    Religion Islam
    Blood Group: O +
    Experience Dispatch Incharge + (Data entry controller)
    Sadaqat Textiles Ltd.
    22 Oct 2009 To 17 March 2010
    Computer Operator
    MSC Textiles (Pvt) Ltd.
    25 March 2005 To 20 Oct 2009
    http://www.msc-textiles.com
    Production Supervisor
    Taj Flour mills (Pvt) Ltd.
    02 Years.

    Sales Co- Ordinator
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    02 Years.
    Education 2000–2001 Government Degree College Faisalabad Samundri
    § F.A

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  • zaheer siddique
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:47PM

    i want to bahreen jobRecommend

  • atifilyas
    Mar 22, 2011 - 9:52PM

    please confirm my selection as secuirty appearRecommend

  • Abdul Qadir
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:58AM

    Respected Sir,
    I have pass the exam of f.a.Now me study in BBA Virtual university of Pakistan.Me also Now;s a days me doing job as a Office Assistant in private College.Me like job of security guard and air lines security in any country.please if any this type of job u have.Please give me chance.
    Best Regard,
    Abdul Qadir
    S/O
    Muhammad Hussain.
    Recommend

  • Qaiser Turi
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:33AM

    Shame on Fauji Foundation, hiring people to kill the Followers of Mohammad s.a.w.w and to save a zioinists puppy…shame on you.Recommend

  • chandran
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:21AM

    foolish pakisthanis you are all forgetting shia majority Iran is your neigbour and they can easily create neibourly problems.Recommend

  • AKHTAR ZEB
    Apr 25, 2011 - 4:16PM

    I have 3 years experience in saudi in Arabic language also speek english, i am retired on 8 years from pakistan army, i want to join Behrain army. therefore you are request if i fulfill your condition plz contact 00966-591662832Recommend

  • May 5, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Sir I am retired commando (SSG Group 2009) Iwant to serve in Bahrain Security. I am 38 years old, energetic, active and also black belt in Martial Arts. Iserved eighteen years in special service Group Pakistan Army. I hope positive you will select me as soon as possible.

    Tegards

    Muhammad Jan
    0303 8957159
    Recommend

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