Lack of opportunities behind militancy

Abdur Razzaq

PESHAWAR:  In Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) and other adjacent areas of the provincial metropolis, the prevailing insurgency is multiplying the miseries of the tribal students studying in various educational institutions as they are facing communication, socio-economical, financial problems and mental stress.Militancy
“From 2004, the security situation is worst in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) which has badly affected the youth of the area. Some students after completing their matriculations leave educational career and join the militants’ groups while some of them prefer to go abroad,” said Mawladin, a student of Khyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar belonging to NWA.
He added that in NWA the education system had been destroyed by the prevailing insurgency and only ghost schools were present there, adding that whether there was no proper education system youth would be used by miscreants against the state and certainly the society would be led to destruction.
He expressed that during the Rah-e-Raast operation in Swat, the government had given many benefits to students of Swat but the students of NWA had been facing the same situation almost for the last eight years and the government had failed to provide benefits to them as given to Swat’s students which would definitely affect students’ minds.
The futures of tribal students seem dark, but if government succeeded in providing good education to them then they would also be able to work for the betterment of the society and motherland, he hoped.
Dr Khalid from South Waziristan Agency (SWA) said that large number of families had left SWA and had settled in other parts of the country which had affected their social lives, trade, culture and education, adding that they had their lands, business, social norms and values but now it had been demolished by the insurgency.
The expenditures in settled areas are more as compare to tribal areas, and because of such situations the parents have winded-up the education of their children and put them to work.
“During vocations, the students used to go to their villages so as to meet their relatives and friends and to exchange views about their lands, cultures and traditions but nowadays due to militancy and insurgency they cannot go to visit their areas, he lamented.
Dr Aziz Khan a Psychotherapist in Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), while commenting about students’ problems, he said that tribal youngsters who are facing militancy in their areas suffer from anxiety, mental stress and other neurological diseases which cannot be managed on time due to worst situation in the tribal areas.
To a quarry he said that that around 50 per cent patients belonged to FATA who had been badly stricken by militancy and poverty which is a big social and economical loss.
Dr Aziz added that the solution of these problems was not only in medicine and psychotherapy but it would be reduce with bringing peace in these areas.

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