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Op-ed

Dilemma of Youth

Hassan Ahmad
The word dilemma means to opt a position in two most unwanted positions. When you have two most disliked options, you have to choose one option, this situation is called dilemma. Dilemma of youth in Pakistan increasing. Youth are more than 50 percent of the population of Pakistan. Youth has significant role in development of any country on educational level and in other departments. In, Pakistan youth is suffering from traumatic conditions. They have bulk of problems, which should be solved.
The dominating factor in dilemma of youth is uncertainty of future. Although, nobody has knowledge about future except Almighty. But in case of students, being as the builders of future, they don’t have any surety about their bright future. They have degrees but no jobs. This is the most traumatic condition for graduated students. In Pakistan, every year numerous students are graduated from universities. Quaid-e-Azam has paid more attention to students in his speeches. He has named them, ‘our bright future’. Along job insecurity, there are many other problems of youth. They are used by political leaders for their own miscreant purposes. They have chaos in their minds. Another dilemma of students is that they do not have technical abilities. This is the main factor for inability of graduated ones. Mostly, government universities of Pakistan focus on theory rather than practical aspects. Students have assertions but no working capabilities. When these students go for job interviews, they are rejected by the companies and then they are disappointed. Private universities teach their students regarding practical field to some extent.
The standard of education has lapsed. Therefore, our students are not competing in international competitions. Unemployment has very severe consequences. In Pakistan, now a days it is noted that mostly crimes are convicted by youth. It means, when a graduated student will have no job, he will surely adopt some illicit ways to earn money. Street crimes are mostly convicted by young people. This situation is very startling because now some students have been involved in terrorist activities. Young students are trapped by militants, they are brainwashed. Recent example of this type incidents is a girl Noreen. She was studying at Medical College and has brilliant academic records. Her father was also teacher. But she was trapped by some insurgents on social media and she was ready to make a bomb blast in Lahore. Fortunately, she was nabbed by security forces. After this incident, she was given lectures by psychiatrists and finally she met with her parents.
The youth of today has been widely outclassed; they do not consider themselves to be too young to be pampered, and they are not supposed to be old enough to take responsibility on their own shoulders.
The main problem is the communication gap between them and their elders — the former believing themselves to be old enough for taking their own decisions for matters personal or social while the latter just refuse to hand over this responsibility to them. This leads to temperaments rising high more often.
The most common problem a person faces at this phase of life is peer pressure. They are pressures by either dares or threats into doing what one would rather avoid. Some people are naturally competitive and they strive to act in ways that could help settle their ‘image’ either to impress or intimidate others. This can be seen in their disobedience of their elders who try to advise them through experiences which these young one’s lack at the moment but fail dismally.
Another terrible dilemma of youth is that they are misused by politicians and religious leaders. Currently. In Pakistan, youth is very active in political matters now a day. Everyone has consciousness, he has ability to understand the issues. Media has also played vital role in opinion making of youth. But sometimes, it has negative effects. Political parties use these young students for vicious purposes. Youth should take part in politics but it should not forget the values and principles. Quaid-e Azam has also stressed students to participate in politics because these are future.
Pakistan is an Islamic country but mostly laws practiced are secular. Students have ambiguity regarding Islam and secularism. They are deceived by religious leaders. Recent example is of Mashal murder case in Peshawar. Mashal a progressive student had some dissenting views but he was alleged blasphemy by some educated university students. Mashal was beaten mercilessly and finally he lost his life. This is the most terrible situation that our future is indulged in such activities.
Sometimes, racism or discrimination against people of opposite gender, caste, creed or religion makes them a victim of emotional disorder. They have low self-esteem and can easily be overridden by views of other people. This is in special reference to the general concept of male domination over women who are taken for granted in respect to their specialization at house chores.
There are different remedies for the problems of youth. State must play its vital role in this context. Students should be given jobs opportunities. Politicians and religious leadership have to play their role. They must guide youth on right track. Youth are our future and we have to make bright future of Pakistan.

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