LAHORE : At least 100 Pakistani workers were deported by Saudi authorities on Wednesday after being incarcerated for months, Express News reported.
The deportees arrived in Lahore via Saudi Airlines flight SV-734. Upon arrival, they were questioned and processed by immigration authorities and were later let go. The deportees said that they had pursued employment opportunities abroad for a better future.
In March, thousands of Pakistanis were imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and dozens were sentenced to death in the kingdom. Sixty-six Pakistanis were beheaded in the country between 2014 and 2017 alone, the report entitled “Caught in a Web” said.
Pakistani migrants are “exceptionally disempowered and marginalised,” Saroop Ijaz, an HRW researcher told AFP, adding that the group faces a “premodern discriminatory” criminal justice system in the kingdom.
In February 2017, at least 39,000 Pakistanis were deported from the kingdom within a span of four months, according to a Saudi Gazette report.