Dis­en­gage­ment of youth in pol­i­tics col­lec­tive fail­ure

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

OB­SERVER RE­PORT IS­LAM­ABAD—The dis­en­gage­ment of Pakistan’s youth in the Pakistan’s na­tional pol­i­tics is a col­lec­tive fail­ure of all stake­hold­ers. This was the as­ser­tion made at a pol­icy di­a­logue or­gan­ised by Jin­nah In­sti­tute in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SZABIST Univer­sity, Is­lam­abad ti­tled ‘Democ­racy 3.0: Youth and the Fu­ture of Our Pol­i­tics,’ on Tues­day. Speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion, Me­her Bokhari said that Pakistan’s youth de­mo­graphic has ex­cep­tional po­ten­tial but suc­ces­sive govern­ments had failed to chan­nel­ize them. With 67 per cent of Pakistan’s pop­u­la­tion cur­rently un­der the age of 30, there have been no ef­forts to guide youth into pol­i­tics.

Me­her Bokhari stressed that schools and uni­ver­si­ties have not taken the ini­tia­tive to teach stu­dents about their po­lit­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity and the strength of their votes. She added that the govern­ment and me­dia have been un­able to pro­vide plat­forms to ef­fec­tively mo­bi­lize youth. Marvi Sirmed as­serted that de­vel­op­ments be­tween elec­tions are more im­por­tant than events dur­ing an elec­tion. She added that in or­der for the youth to be en­gaged in democ­racy, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and gov­er­nance struc­tures should in­cor­po­rate youth into de­ci­sion mak­ing mech­a­nisms.

Dean of Diplo­matic Corps Bakhit­bek Shabarb­nayev speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion of a farewell re­cep­tion hosted by him on be­half of the diplo­matic Corps to bid farewell to out­go­ing Am­bas­sador of Nepal Bharat Raj Paudyal, on Tues­day.—DNA

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