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Some circles use youth as tool: Ghani

Some circles use youth as tool: Ghani

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Aug 12, 2017 - 22:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The President Ashraf Ghani called the youth’s role in fighting corruption and ensuring peace and security as significant, saying some circles were in pursuit of dividing youth on ethnic and lingual lines; but the youth should prevent division.

President Ghani on Saturday speaking at a ceremony celebrating the International Youth Day here at the Presidential Palace, said for escaping the existing crisis youth should be united as it was only youngsters who could isolate enemies.

He while addressing the youth said: “A number of elements want to use you as a tool, and divide you. You are Afghans and belong here; you have the same ethnic group, language and also you are Muslims, so don’t let anything divide you.”

Ghani said Afghans weren’t corrupt; but there were a handful of individuals aiming to bring destruction to Afghanistaninfo-icon through corruption.

He said history witnessed whenever Afghans came to unite, no one was able to stand before them or confront them. “Therefore, be united for eradicating the current crisis and insecurity in the country.”

Ghani added the Afghan youth had the potential to isolate Afghanistan’s enemy.

The president while recalling the gallantry and power of youth, including the youths fighting at security forces ranks, said the youth offered sacrifices while defending the country and national dignity.

He said Afghanistan not only needed youngsters but also the youth’s ideology for bringing about a big change and transformation.

Ghani said he invested most of his political capital in turning government organizations’ workforce young; he also admitted that some of the appointments made by him led to corruption.

The president notified about the announcement of 800 logistics posts this week, 5,000 slots in civil service next week, and 8,000 positions for teachers in the next month, saying these processes would be conducted in a transparent manner.

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, also spoke on the occasion dubbing the Afghan youth role as vital in development of the country. He said it was very pleasant as the Afghan youth were making efforts and creatively thinking about their country’s improvement.

He said the youth were a country’s powerful force, so they should be positively availed from. Yamamato restated their commitment to help Afghanistan achieve stability and peace.

Tahmina Shuja, a youngster representing the youth at the gathering, called for specific strategies at educational institutions for youth empowerment, asking the president to appoint young talent to vacant positions.

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