‘Foreign propaganda reinforces violent streak among youth’
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Liaison Office (TLO) officials on Thursday said the youth and influential figures should take part in efforts at countering the philosophy of violence because foreign propaganda and problems at home had reinforced violent streak among the youth.
TLO foreign relations official Mohammad Nabi Tadbir told Pajhwok Afghan News they held a workshop involving youth from various provinces and from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Jalalabad to consult them on efforts at countering violence.
He said the workshop was aimed at encouraging the youth to work with their communities for preventing violence in their respective areas.
“Problems at home like joblessness and propaganda by some countries have reinforced the violent streak among the youth,” he said.
He claimed some Afghan youth who held government posts introduced themselves as civil society activists, but in fact they worked for promoting the agenda of the Taliban. “I mean they work for promoting violence through their poetry and messages.”
Asil Jan Mehboob, who came all the way from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to attend the workshop, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he would share with the youth in his area many things that he learned at the workshop about violence. He urged the youth to work for peace and development.
Another participant, Attiqullah Mutmain, a civil society activist from western Herat province, said the government should provide jobs to the youth.
“For combating violence and prejudices, the youth from different provinces need to be brought together to combine their efforts against these evil thoughts.”
The LTO office said similar workshops would be organized in other provinces for the same purpose.
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