Broken promises: Bahrain deports 450 Pakistanis after alleged torture

Published: March 14, 2013
Deported Pakistanis protesting against the Bahrain government. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Deported Pakistanis protesting against the Bahrain government. PHOTO: EXPRESS

At least 450 Pakistanis who were sent to Bahrain to join its army were deported back home after allegedly being kept hostage for 19 months, Express News reported on Thursday.

The young Pakistanis, who are all university graduates, were issued visas by the Pakistani government and were promised a job in the Bahrain Army with the starting salary of Rs100,000. The army, however, took the young men hostage and tortured them, according to one of the deportees.

The men were not given food and access to toilets for five days and were not allowed to phone their family and friends back home.

Around 100 more Pakistanis are expected to be deported tomorrow.

The young men, protesting against the Bahrain government, urged the United Nations to take notice of the incident.

Last month, around 700 Pakistani workers were stranded in Saudi Arabia after their passports were taken and they were not allowed to work. A Turkish company had hired these Pakistani workers through different travel and recruiting agencies during 2011 after payment of a hefty sum against visa issuance.

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  • Virkaul
    Mar 14, 2013 - 11:43AM

    Some thing in the report is missing. Why would Bahraini govt offer jobs to Pakistanis and then deprt them without a reason. Something would have happened in between which is not reported.


  • Ahsan Baloch
    Mar 14, 2013 - 11:46AM



  • Ali
    Mar 14, 2013 - 11:50AM

    Its just the tip of iceberg.!
    Still more to come from our arab brothers in Middle east.!
    Long Live Arabs Islam..!


  • raazaa
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:05PM

    Unfortunately, till things back home wont get better, our workforce will always be arm twisted in the name of job opportunities in foreign countries. Sad fact is that despite repeated such incidents we are still willing to seek greener pastures due to bleak situation in homeland.


  • vasan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:16PM

    “The young Pakistanis, who are all university graduates, were issued visas by the Pakistani government “
    How can Pakistani govt issue Bahrain visa ?? Am I missing something here


  • Tony Singh
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:18PM

    Maybe pleading in the name of Arab roots would have helped in “brotherly” Muslim country. Or is it that Bahrainis know the the truth behind “Arab roots”


  • Something Clever
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:32PM

    It doesn’t make any sense.


  • Zaid Hamid
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:38PM

    Pakistan should cut all ties with Bahrain in protest for sometime.


  • Mahmood
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:40PM

    An incomplete news report as it does not answer questions that arise in readers’ minds.


  • Mar 14, 2013 - 12:41PM

    More details are needed. This reads like a tabloid story.


  • Moosa Khan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:43PM

    It’s one of the cards held for months by these arabs to use against Iran-Pk gas pipeline. There is more to come in coming days. Stay tuned.


  • vasan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:55PM

    Zaid Hamid : If Pakistan follows you and cuts its ties, it will do so with the rest of the world.


  • ali Mustufa
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:56PM

    We get fooled by this arab country… I think they planned to hire pakistanis in their army when bahrain’s revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, and wars began last year, but after settlement they don’t need these people that’s why they deported them. Just like Pakistani people use against Russia in Afghanistan.


  • not impressed
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:58PM

    i thought you had to be the citizen of a country to be eligible for the army.. can bahraini ppl join pak army???!


  • remember 1984
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:04PM

    @Tony Singh:
    Your well wishes are duly noted!


  • jj
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:12PM



  • Riaz Ahmad
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:28PM

    Bahrain visas issued by Pakistani government??
    Pakistani government or its embassies can issue only Pakistani visas to foreign citizens to enter Pakistan or extend their stay while in Pakistan.


  • Omer
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:20PM

    If there was a contract violation, then we should take them international tribunal.


  • Rationalist
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:21PM

    That’s the amount of respect we Pakistanis get in the “Pure” Arabic countries. The Western countries are much more civilized and welcoming for us Pakistanis, but still we curse them and we sing praises for the Arabs =)


  • Pr0udPakistani
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:28PM

    dubious report…few points to consider:

    Pakistan govt. can’t issue visas for Bahrain as every Arab country issues employment visas itself let alone visas for jobs in military
    Young graduates means they are all educated people. Did someone try to check the authenticity of the job and salary offered?
    How much they paid to the company who arranged visas for them? as it looks like a visit visa with a promise of a fake job.
    Why did Bahrain detain 450 men for 19 months without any charges and why didn’t they expelled them on day one?

    But, if this is all true then Govt. of Pakistan should protest Bahrain and ask for compensation.


  • obvious
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:29PM



  • Mard-e-Haq
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:30PM

    We should appeal to the Ummah and demand Bahrain take back our workers. Imran Khan and the PTI should pave the way. Pakistani prestige is at stake here.


  • ali Mustufa
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:33PM

    @not impressed: Dude, this is the game… forget visa piza, if both countries are agreed to execute this temporary military hiring then who else can stop them??? Pakistani and Bahraini govt both are also involved in this process… they should be equally blamed.


  • Mar 14, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Here it is proven the Value of Pakistani & Pakistan Government. If Pakistan Embassy took stand on behalf of 450 Pakistani & might could help them achieving their rights, than no one can deport them from Bahrain
    Long Live Pakistan


  • Mj
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:08PM

    Why do we have to become mercenaries to fight conflicts for other nations? We did it for Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and now it appears Bahrain.


  • Haramullah Kafiruddin
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:27PM

    Pakistanis do not need any visa. Rightly said it is issued by Pakistan, like it was issued to 26/11 attackers.


  • nadeem
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:37PM

    It should be our official policy not to send mercenaries to other countries.Recommend

  • Ali Zaid
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:49PM

    What Pakistanis as a nation should do is to start a movement to stop Pakistani recruitment in Bahraini police & army.


  • Concerned
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:55PM

    Well I can see lots of emotional and pointless discussion on the forum. The fact is there are thousands of Pakistanis working in Bahrain Army and Policy (Total number of Pakistani working in Bahrain are more than hundred thousand making almost 10% of the entire population of small Island of Bahrain.). Few weeks back two Pakistanis were fired based on disciplinary action. The entire lot sent back to Pakistan threatened an agitation and protest to save the two guys, which is against the norms of every Army in the world. These guys were also shipped back along with the two. They should be grateful for not being Court Marshalled and that is primarily due to Pakistani Embassy and Government.
    All Pakistanis here either in Police and Army get accommodation, good salary and medical and other standard perks, which I am for sure are many times more than the earnings of their counterparts in Pakistani Army.


  • Expat
    Mar 14, 2013 - 4:40PM

    @Ali Zaid:
    Whey should we do that except for the reationale which is part of your name???


  • Shaami
    Mar 14, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @Concerned: I agree since my relatives are serving in Bahrain Police so there are many Pakistanis working in police and in Bahrain Army. Bahrain have a huge population of Bahraini Balochs as well and also Many people from Punjab and KPK represent in Army and Police.
    I had a discussion with my Relative and he told me that after the Sunni-Shia conflict Bahrain government is very very cautious and Some Pakistani Shias are found to directly involved in Espionage and religious discussions and even promoting the Rebellion within the government and they are bringing religion into everything and that is one of the reasons of Disciplinary action is taken against them.


  • Syed
    Mar 14, 2013 - 5:37PM

    What really happened? Will we ever find out? This is pretty pathetic.


  • Muhammad
    Mar 14, 2013 - 5:55PM

    I think we should concentrate on improving ourselves so that we do not need to go to other countries. Pakistan needs a radical change. We should get rid of the old politicians and the so called Mullahs who have made it a family business to run Pakistan. We will need put all this behind us. It will be a difficult period temporarily, but InshaAllah we will come out as a proud, independent prosperous nation.


  • Vijay
    Mar 14, 2013 - 6:15PM

    @ali Mustufa: Why you allow yourself to be fooled repeatedly. Is it a bad habit or genetic disorder?


  • Mar 14, 2013 - 6:34PM

    This is interesting in the broader context of the improving Pakistan-Iran relationship and the tense Pakistan-Saudi relationship.

    I was actually wondering about the impact of the Iran-Pakistan relationship on the support Pakistan provided to the Bahraini government, supposedly at the behest of the Saudis, and this particular incident might answer that question.

    Yet another step towards a realignment of the Pakistan-Gulf Arab relationship perhaps?


  • MJ
    Mar 14, 2013 - 7:23PM

    Bahrain has a long history of Pakistanis serving in its armed forces, national guards, police and royal guards. There are Pakistanis who protect the royal family and these men are considered very loyal by the royals as they have no interest in protecting the lives of demonstrators if an even required them to fire upon crowds. There are second generation Pakistani royal guards who are serving along with their fathers or after their retirement. Most of them belong to the rural Punjab area and Bahraini’s like to hire very tall people. The royal guards have to be 6’2″ or taller and you will find many Pakistani “Raajpoots” and “Jaats” within their ranks.


  • Husain
    Mar 15, 2013 - 1:28AM

    What I can’t understand why would the government of Bahrain torture those mercenories whom supposed to work for the government?
    Is this a puzzle or a misreported case.


  • Ali
    Mar 15, 2013 - 1:46AM

    Express always seems to have these negative stories against bahrain while nobody else seems to raise this. Something fishy……


  • Abdulla
    Mar 15, 2013 - 4:03AM

    It’s totally cooked up story. I see the whole situation. The Bahrain goverment is totally loyal for these Pakistani. They give the next 3 month salary at least 500000 and double pension. They give the complete security. They are protesting for only 4 boys that are also working in the same department of military. Bcz these 4 boys are too much clever. These 4 boy are Shai.


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 15, 2013 - 6:21AM

    “Some thing in the report is missing. Why would Bahraini govt offer jobs to Pakistanis and then deprt them without a reason. Something would have happened in between which is not reported.”

    Yes, something happened on Monday, March 11.

    Here is the link:


  • Jamal
    Mar 15, 2013 - 7:47AM

    When a government like Bahrain do not respect the right of its people why on earth you expect them to respect your right.


  • Jamal
    Mar 15, 2013 - 8:18AM

    @Ayyub Khan Ayyubi: Did u see Pak gov taking stand on any issue


  • Jamal
    Mar 15, 2013 - 8:26AM

    @Abdulla: Yes it is true that your Bahrain gov is loyal to these Pakistanis as you mentioned. To to show loyalty they ask them to do dirty job that Bahrain’s don’t do. Bahrain is going down their economy is affected and recently Bahrain airline went bust and no foreigner interested in working in Bahrain and taking risk on his/her life when there are better opportunities else where so the only way for Bahrain gov to recruit is to give fake promises and they need a gov like Pakistan so they can cheat. It is that simple


  • Nomi
    Mar 15, 2013 - 12:53PM

    agree with u
    u r right
    my czn is also in that cases


  • Jamal
    Mar 15, 2013 - 1:14PM

    May i ask what did Pak & its people benefited from so called close-relationship with Arab regimes. In the name of Islam they exported Al-Qaeda ideology to Pak and kept their country save. Do you think the type of Madrasa that is funded by them in Pak is allowed in their country.


  • rumormonger
    Mar 15, 2013 - 1:31PM

    Bahraini police has been hiring Pakistanis for a long time. Recently, after a crackdown on Shia protestors, some Pakistani homes were ransacked by the Bahraini demonstrators in retaliation of Pakistani personel being part of the crackdown.


  • Nobody
    Mar 15, 2013 - 2:11PM

    @Tony Singh:
    Look up the definition of sarcasm mate. Cheers.


  • Shaami
    Mar 15, 2013 - 6:08PM

    There are so many Bahrian Royal Guards from Pakistan that in recent protests in Bahrain many protesters were chanting in Urdu and calling Soldiers as “Paagal” or mad in Urdu and most of the soldiers of Royal Guards are from Pakistan.
    Just look at this video where the protesters are calling Royal Guards as Paagil as they think they are all from Pakistan.


  • Husain
    Mar 15, 2013 - 6:40PM

    This is not true, no foreigners were attacked by the protestors throught out the life of the protest. All protests are peacefull and there were times that protestors have cured and protected the foriegn workers from the heavy smoke of tear gas used by the police forces.


  • RP
    Mar 15, 2013 - 11:36PM

    its all false news
    its true that they were given jobs and the mentioned salary
    but when they came here
    they putted up a strike saying to increase their salary or they will not work
    and then government decide to say that u don’t wanna work ur choice u can go
    and all who came were deported from BDF(Bahrain Defence Force) and BNG(Bahrain National Guard)


  • RP
    Mar 15, 2013 - 11:39PM

    many are asking how they got job and visa and all
    the thing is every year some officers from Bahrain goes to Pakistan to take some people for jobs in police and army and national guard
    and one thing more none of them were university graduates
    they were all just metric pass.


  • Husain
    Mar 16, 2013 - 1:59AM

    The above report says “The young Pakistanis, who are all university graduate”… ]do you really think a university graduate who is educated to distinguish between the good and bad would accept being a mercenary who is asked to crack down on innocent people and kill some of them. An educated person would never ever accepts that.


  • Insaan
    Mar 17, 2013 - 5:58PM

    The young Pakistanis, who are all university graduates, were issued visas by the Pakistani government and were promised a job in the Bahrain Army with the starting salary of Rs100,000.

    How can Pakistan government issue Bahrain Visa to Pakistanis? Only Bahrain government can issue Visas Pakistanis or citizens of other countries. Pakistanis can only issue Passports.


  • muhammad adil
    Mar 26, 2013 - 11:17PM

    Its not happen good I m working in bahrain national guard. I did job in bahrain I didnt do any mistake I did great job and also work n help police in my career bahrain have no faith they kick also us without any reason include me we got orders that we r finish. And one 1st april they will send us back to pakistan. The truth they need workers to hold n controll situation they didnt need soliders they need gangsters who do everything on there orders and if someone ask anything even if u r sick they will torture u to not go to doctor coz they save there madicine walah bahrain is one country who is a biggest ……


  • Critic
    Apr 12, 2013 - 4:25PM

    What a rubbish. Reporter wants to create some sort of ill will among the Pakistanis. Must be someone dejected


  • Ali Madassar
    Apr 17, 2013 - 12:27PM

    @ali Mustufa:
    Yes I Totally Agreed.This is the responsibility of Pakistan High Commission in Baharain .


  • Ali Madassar
    Apr 17, 2013 - 12:30PM

    @Ayyub Khan Ayyubi:

    Yes …..Pakistani Government totally failed.

    High commission in Bahrain is useless rubber stamp


  • Ali Madassar
    Apr 17, 2013 - 12:39PM


    If You Have information Brother Then Why 450 Boys deported instead of 4 ?

    Who are not involved in this where also return back ,


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