Disengagement of youth in politics collective failure

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.

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