ISLAMABAD (PPI) - Like every year in the Holy month of Ramazan, this time too a large number of beggars thronged to twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad making lives of the citizens miserable. Considering as comparatively more profitable, when fasting people tend to be more generous and give money generously to deserving people, the twin cities can be seen with a large number of professional beggars including women and handicap children. They have occupied streets, mosques, shrines, restaurants, parks, shopping centres and those places where they would be able to take advantage of the peoples generosity to collect the money. Ironically there is no check from the authorities concerned to address this menace which have irked the routine life of the citizens. Talking to PPI, Razzo, a professional beggar, told that their contractors or handlers take a 60 percent share form the daily collection of charity and in turn they offer the beggars from protection while the areas police also given their share for turning a blind eye to their activities. She said contractors import beggars from Southern Punjab, Karachi, N.W.F.P adding that now Afghan nationals also joined this profession. Contractors depute us in different streets, shopping centres and metro points throughout the year, and no other beggar group dare to enter our area said Razzo. Ishfaq Khan, a shopkeeper in Aabpara market said that these professional beggars sometimes start chasing shoppers in the markets and despite repeated refusals they do not give in and insist for money. He said local administration should wipe out these beggars by launching massive campaign with zero tolerance so that people could be provided a tension-free environment. He said these beggars have now adopted novel tactics to attract the people by carrying a bandaged infant, aged man waving a few pages of doctors or giving drugs to their chil to make them unconscious for a daylong, which usually helped them get sympathies of the people to grab money. Qasim Mehmood a motorists while describing his recent experience in Jinnah Super Market said that four to five beggars rushed towards him when he got out of his car and it was really difficult for him to avoid all those beggars moving around him. These professional beggars not only exploit the sentiments of people, but sometimes threaten them with their unusual acts, he said. He said professional beggars have chosen easy way of earning money, which they can earn simply standing by the roadside, taking shelter under a tree or sitting traffic signals, instead of labouring all day usually under tough conditions. Rukhshanda Yasir, a university student said though the issue of beggary has been acknowledged as a social problem by the government but unfortunately no concrete steps have been so far taken to combat this menace. She said this profession harming the whole face of the society that must be addressed.