Beware of Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia

wall chalking on historical walls and places

Wall-chalking or damaging historic buildings and cultural sites are punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of 50,000 riyals.

Riyadh: Many Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia have a bad habit of going to a historical or cultural place and writing their name and other details on the walls and rocks there. Even the most sacred and religious places like Ghar Hira and Ghar Thor were not spared by these few irresponsible Pakistanis.

In the past, many such pictures have come to light in which Pakistani pilgrims have written their names on rocks, etc. This move brings disgrace to the whole of Pakistan and gives the impression that Pakistanis do not even know how to respect their religious places. The Saudi government has announced severe penalties for violators of archeological, museum, and architectural heritage systems.

According to Al Arabiya News, the Saudi cabinet had recently approved these punishments. Under the system, those who illegally occupy state property are sentenced to 6 months to 7 years in prison and a fine of 50,000 riyals to 5 riyals or more. There will be one of the two punishments. Anyone who occupies or destroys or damages an archeological or architectural heritage site in the country should be sentenced to 3 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 20,000 to 300,000 riyals or one of the two. Will

Any builder without permission from the Ministry of Culture will be sentenced to a maximum of two years imprisonment and a fine of up to 200,000 riyals. Doing wall-chalking, writing any kind of writing in these places, Painting it, or pasting any kind of advertisement on it will result in imprisonment for one year and a fine of one lakh riyals. Violations of the relevant licenses will result in a maximum fine of 70,000 riyals. In addition, if someone has an archeological item that has not been officially registered or if the ownership of the item is not proven, a fine of up to 50,000 riyals can be imposed.

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