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Youth representatives call unemployment a ‘probable threat’ for government

AT-KABUL: The representatives of the youth from Logar, Paktia, Paktika and Khost provinces accused the government of being negligent for unemployment, warning that joblessness and nepotism would create immense challenges for the educated jobless youth.

The Youth Civil Society from these provinces claimed Sunday that the government has not any specific policy to create job opportunities for the youth.

“Existence of corruption, political differences in the government and insecurity face the youth with serious challenges,” they said.

Ziaulhaq Fazli, spokesperson for the Society said that thousands of educated youth were jobless.

He underlined that the armed opposition groups were active in different parts of eastern provinces to exploit the youth’s joblessness to insecure the areas.

“In one side, government is negligent to attract youth in public services. In another hand, the armed opposition endeavor to attract them, both are great challenges toward the youth,” Fazli mentioned.

Abdul Rauf Nangiali, another member of the civil society urged the government to pay attention for resolving youth’s challenges, warning that if the government does not create job opportunities for the youth, they would be used by insurgents.

“We are concerned that the armed groups would use the youth. The government should bring reforms in the administrations and eliminate nepotism and corruption in appointment of educated youth,” he mentioned.

An official had earlier claimed that 51,000 posts in the government were vacant.

Ahmad Elias is one of the unemployed youth who got his master degree in business two years ago, but is jobless seeking work.

“In the past two years, I have applied several times for job, but I was only invited to ensure the transparency of the engagement process. The reform is only for powerful figures to appoint their relatives in the important posts,” he said.

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