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Local singers inspire youth to adopt bad habits: Khostis

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Local singers inspire youth to adopt bad habits: Khostis

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Sep 10, 2018 - 19:31

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Some civil societyinfo-icon activists and residents of southeastern Khost province accuse local singers of encouraging the youth to use narcotics and promote Bacha Bazi via their songs.

They say some young singers who are new in the singing field inspire young people to the practice of Bacha Bazi and use of drugs in their songs at wedding parties and other jubilant occasions.

Spin Rwan Noorzai, a civil society activist in Khost, told Pajhwok Afghan News that local singers sang songs that were enriched with ‘vulgar words and phrases.’

“My request to the Information and Culture and the provincial administration is that to pay attention to this issue and in the first step enhance art quality and recommend singers who choose right songs that make the society to reform,” he added.

Mohammad Qasim, a resident of Khost, said singers who encouraged the youth to Bacha Bazi and other bad habits enjoyed huge fan following.

He warned the officials concerned to pay heed to the issue before the situation went worse.

Master Chinawal, a singer, acknowledged his songs harmed the society and the youth but he had been forced by the same youth in several ceremonies to sing such songs.

He claimed area people often ordered them to sing songs of their interest and even in some cases the singers were pointed guns.

Another singer Sayedullah Gurbaz, told Pajhwok that the government had no plan for their security and had conducted no workshop to help singers become professional.

He further added the government had done nothing for them, even sometimes people violated their self respect.

Khost singers union head Gul Rouf Shawqi said actually they sang well versed songs but people interpreted them wrong.

He argued words sharab, saqi and hashish had been used on many occasions and songs of other cultures but these words did not mean to motivate people for such deeds.

Provincial counternarcotics department head Najiur Rahman Hamdard also confirmed that some singers motivated the youth through their songs in concerts towards the use of drugs.

Information and cultural director Mohammad Amin Shah Ulfat also confirmed the issue but said some issues were beyond their authority and they had to share them with the central government.

He said his department used to share people’s concerns with the central government and acknowledged the need for professionalism and registration of singers.

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