Pak youth in danger of radicalization due to institutional failure, finds study

November 18th, 2008 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): A study conducted by the Brookings Institution in Pakistan has revealed that the potential for youth radicalisation was high in the country, because of the poor education system disparate economic opportunities across the society.

Titled The Prospects of Youth Radicalisation in Pakistan: Implications for US Policy, the study signals an increase in the likelihood of youth in the country being lured towards extremist causes.

The prospects of this are increased because of the presence of an extremist infrastructure, the impeccable organisational discipline and widespread social networks of Pakistans Islamic political and militant outfits, a failure of the moderate forces to deliver credible results, and myopic US policies further enhance Islamist influence, revealed the study authored by Pakistani scholar and journalist Moeed Yusuf.

It suggested that a proactive and multifaceted policy approach was required to generate desirable outcomes.

Key policy interventions required in the immediate future must specifically target the younger generation. Youth specific interventions by the US should include: enhancing the quality of Pakistans public education rather than retaining a disproportionate focus on the madrassah system; making socio-economic aid conditional upon Pakistans ability to spread benefits to the masses instead of tying it solely to terrorism; revising US visa and immigration policies for young Pakistanis in order to provide them with a constructive outlet, perhaps through a formal protocol that allows disproportional access to young Pakistani citizens belonging to lower socio-economic classes; and consciously attempting to expose young Pakistanis to US culture by reopening information and cultural centres throughout Pakistan, added the study.

Yusuf also suggested that broader measures by the US that bear relevance to young Pakistanis should include playing a constructive role in nudging India and Pakistan towards normalisation, without which Pakistan will be tempted to maintain a link with extremists, which in turn, will allow the militant enclave to continue operating and recruiting young men from Pakistani society. (ANI)

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