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Unemployment triggers protest in Kabul

AT-KABUL: Civil society activists on Monday took to the streets in the capital city, calling for more employment opportunities in the country.

Chanting anti-government slogans, over 100 activists marched from Darul Aman Palace to the Parliament House. They said that President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah were not paying heed towards joblessness.

They said that 13 million people are jobless and many of them are risking their lives and limbs to reach Europe.

Leading the protestors, Muhammad Jawad Tayyeb said that he has proposed 11 recommendations to the government for overcoming unemployment.

He said the suggestions are in accordance with the constitution and promises of the president and CEO, made in the 2014 president election campaigns.

Replying to a question he said the government had to create employment opportunities so the young people could put their share in development of the country. Tayyeb further said that every month 25,000 people leave the country in search of jobs; though, the leaders vowed to create one million jobs.

Billions of US dollars have been spent but the government is unable to create jobs. The government has spent only 40 percent of its budget, he added.

According to International Labor Organizations (ILO) 50 percent of the Afghan population is under age of 15 and lack of job opportunities put negative impact on the society as terrorists can recruit jobless people.

The Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan also had said that due to lack of proper job creation mechanism, 48 percent of the workforce remained jobless. Most of the donations were spent on short-term programs.

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