Youth Jirga discusses important issues
AT News Report
KABUL: Three-day National Youth Jirga of Afghanistan was held on Monday to discuss different vital issues and present suggestions of its way outs to the government.
Addressing a press conference here, Member of Media Committee of the Jirga, Zemarai Bayer said the Jirga would discuss peace process, corruption and ways to prevent it, long-term presence of US forces in Afghanistan, unemployment and obstacles before education system. Suggestions of participants would be presented through a draft to the government and non-government organizations in last day of the gathering.
“All participants will be assigned as peace envoy in their provinces to work for peace and to encourage their people for peace drive,” he added.
Most of participants said that youth had important role in bringing peace and stability, as well as decision making about national issues, as more than 60 percent of Afghan population is comprised of young generation. They came hard on the government and said that they were kept away from important issues of the country while youth had the ability to work for prosperity of the nation.
One of participant, Rafiq Ishaqzai told Afghanistan Times that youth had been waiting for last three decades for their rights and role to be given to them, but still they were deprived of their important rights. Youth were not related to any party and were free of discrimination therefore; their participation in national issues is more important and effective.
He said that it was the first time that youth participated in such a nationwide Jirga, which was very important for them. Youth would never let any organ or political party to misuse their rights under partial, ethnical, religious or other kinds of discrimination.
It is pertinent to mention here that more than 1,700 members of the Jirga including male and female, and more than 400 guests from civil society and government organs participated in the Jirga. Youth were invited from different sectors such as media, sport, education institutions, youth civil societies and tens of other sectors in the event.
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