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ISAF pullout fuelling unemployment

ISAF pullout fuelling unemployment

Jul 14, 2014 - 16:03

CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Unemployment is on the rise and economic activity on the decline ahead of the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, residents of central Parwan province complained on Monday.

Tahir Himmat, a provincial official, confirmed 90 percent of decline had been noticed in developmental projects after the foreign forces decided to leave Afghanistan by the end of the current year.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News after the security transition to Afghan forces, several developmental projects had been stopped in the province. The pullout of ISAF troops has started and the process will be completed by the end of 2014.

Zabihullah, a resident of the provincial capital Charikar, previously worked with logistic supply company.  Now jobless, he said: “I was getting $600 in salary, but my contract expired after the US troops decided to withdraw.”

He demanded the government explore ways of generating job opportunities for the people; otherwise youth would swell militant ranks or seek refuge in taking drugs.  

A large number of youth, who once worked with NATO-led forces as translators, are increasingly faced with unemployment. Mohammad Salim is one of them. He has been without job after the foreign forces had left his area.

Khitab Ahmad, a civil society activist, agreed the withdrawal of foreign forces had left a negative impact on local businesses, with many Afghans losing their jobs and their families running into problems.