Aggregator • Mideast Youth • ID=79897
Reports about youths from Chitral getting recruitment in the Afghan National Army (ANA) are currently circulating in the media making for an alarming situation. Having these reports coming out is in itself suspicious, because it is becoming the cause of distress for Pakistan Army and the ISI. It diverts their focus and concerns, making them use their manpower elsewhere too. Such wide-spread news has every print of being a slice from a specific agenda against Pakistan Army and ISI.
The fact of the matter about Chitral's youth is that they are overwhelmingly unemployed and some of them despite their education. Taking advantage of their dire condition and conservative understanding of the world, the ANA had offered them essentially what they consider their 'job security'. However, the issue is not to be taken as lightly. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Department is rightly looking deep into it and had sought details from the Malakand's commissioner about the identities of these Chitrali youths. This is as a good a measure on their part to nip the evil in the bud.
The lure for these unemployed Chitrali youths is salaries they are being promised. It is said to be double of what the government was providing, which prompted the government to give pay-raises to its security personnel and also open new vacancies. But just as it is relatively easier to convince the rest of the youth in the country to join their own forces to protect with honour their homeland, it is comparatively difficult to impress Chitrali youths about the same idea. They already feel neglected by the government and in terms of their territorial demarcation question the government's policies.
The punishment in their view is to be sold out to apparently what can lend hands in support to Pakistan's enemies. This is how rebels are bred, in neighbouring lands only to return later to create chaos and turn against their own state. Pakistan Army and the ISI have been labouring hard to stop just these kinds of recruitment activities which play into the enemy's hands.
Merely being unemployed, which is not the case with the Chitrali youths alone, is a weak act on which to join the ANA. Being recruited by the ANA, they can also be used as part of the NATO forces in Afghanistan. Using local people for intelligence and counter-intelligence against Pakistan Army and the ISI has been already happening. Now, the Chitrali youths are foolishly participating against their own state. It becomes really difficult for the government and Pakistan Army to keep such locals under control when they are willing themselves to perform acts, the severity of which they don't realize, just for money.
Pakistani youth and forces work with such friendly countries as the Gulf States and are also part of international peace-keeping forces under the United Nations. But despite Pakistan Army's own fully trained soldiers and Jawans, the ANA is casting a doubt on its transparency by taking in unemployed Chitrali youths in this manner. The youth across the country are also facing hard times in securing jobs despite their education, but they don't sell their plight. Hence, the Chitrali youths have acted in a very disappointing manner. Another eager question that comes to mind is where has Chitrali youths’ spiritual leader, Aga Khan IV’s wealth and business ventures gone to, which cannot help employ these educated youngsters?... more