Sur­vey stresses larger youth role in pol­i­tics

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

to tor­ture. The troops even did not spare elderly and women ei­ther. Sev­eral peo­ple were in­jured when po­lice re­sorted to heavy tear-gas shelling on the pro­test­ers at Mu­ran Chowk in Pul­wama.

The au­thor­i­ties con­tin­ued to Waza un­der house ar­rest even on this sa­cred day, today. Mean­while, In­dian troops in their un­abated acts of state ter­ror­ism mar­tyred twenty five Kash­miris in June 2016. Ac­cord­ing to the data com­piled by the Re­search Sec­tion 228 peo­ple were crit­i­cally in­jured when In­dian po­lice and para­mil­i­tary per­son­nel used brute force against peace­ful demon­stra­tors in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory while 346 civil­ians, mostly Hur­riyet lead­ers and youth, were ar­rested.—KMS

A.H.RAO. MIR­PUR (AJK)—Po­lit­i­cal par­ties of Azad Jammu & Kash­mir (AJ&K) ara asked to pay deeper at­ten­tion to en­hance qual­i­ta­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the youth in the po­lit­i­cal process, rec­om­mends a re­search re­port pub­lished by the Bri­tish Coun­cil and launched in the AJK cap­i­tal city Thurs­day night by AJK-based NGO Cen­ter for Peace, De­vel­op­ment and Re­forms (CPDR).

Nearly 150 young peo­ple in­clud­ing lawyers, aca­demi­cians, po­lit­i­cal par­ties rep­re­sen­ta­tives, stu­dents, civil so­ci­ety ac­tivists and me­dia per­son­nel po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of AJK at­tended the lunch­ing cer­e­mony held in a lo­cal ho­tel. For­mer Prime Min­is­ter of AJK and Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Mus­lim League-N AJK, Raja Fa­rooq Haider Khan, Fi­nance Min­is­ter AJK, Chaud­hary Latif Ak­bar, Pres­i­dent (Women Wing) PTI AJK, Mrs.

Gulzar Fa­tima, Fiza Inayat, and Er­shad Mah­mud Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor CPDR ad­dressed the cer­e­mony.

While en­gag­ing nearly eight hun­dred young peo­ple from all three di­vi­sions of AJ&K in the re­search process, the re­port high­lights the un­em­ploy­ment as one of the ma­jor is­sue of young peo­ple be­sides poor in­fra­struc­ture, and other gov­er­nance is­sues.

The re­port also un­der­lines the lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties and spa­ces in po­lit­i­cal par­ties, un­em­ploy­ment, so­cio- eco­nomic in­equal­ity, scanty means of re­cre­ation, so­cial ser­vice deficits as well as iden­tity crises as the main is­sues faced by the young peo­ple in AJK. Al­most 49 % young peo­ple in sur­vey fa­vored Sharia.

The re­port rec­om­mends more spa­ces for young peo­ple in pol­i­tics, ac­ti­va­tion of stu­dent unions, pro­mote merit and jus­tice and im­prove in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­i­ties. More­over, the re­search re­port also stresses the need to cre­ate dif­fer­ent means of entertainment for the youth which will tackle their in­creas­ing health and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues.

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