Survey stresses larger youth role in politics

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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