Em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties?

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Apro­pos ‘supremacy of the par­lia­ment’ car­ried by Busi­ness Recorder in its op-ed sec­tion, one needs to com­mend the writer for mak­ing a pro­found ob­ser­va­tion. He has averred: “Re­ly­ing on hard tools for coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism may work but at a high cost, as proved by the tragedy in At­tock on Sun­day. But you don’t hear politi­cians point­ing to the need for of­fer­ing so­cially con­ducive and eco­nom­i­cally pro­duc­tive al­ter­na­tives to the youth. Still the par­lia­ment con­tin­ues to claim “supremacy”. Some supremacy, isn’t it?”

Why has the gov­ern­ment lost sight of the fact that poverty plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­mot­ing and ad­vanc­ing ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions’ agenda? It is, there­fore, re­quired to cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­spond to the needs of teem­ing mil­lions. Cre­ation of new jobs is not pos­si­ble with­out in­creas­ing the present stalled eco­nomic growth rate. This will re­quire the gov­ern­ment to cur­tail ex­pen­di­ture and en­hance al­lo­ca­tions for Public Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment Pro­ject. Loan schemes for youth is hardly any an­swer to the grow­ing in­ci­dence of job­less­ness in so­ci­ety. NAQI ZA­FAR, Karachi

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