Due to the increasing poverty and unemployment, the younger generation is forced to commit suicide in Baluchistan, and they are at higher risk than other provinces.
In addition, youth in different areas of Baluchistan have also been compelled to commit suicide in view of unemployment.
Baluchistan, being the largest and mineral-rich province has the lowest literacy rate among all the provinces of Pakistan, it currently stands at 41% in-country. Due to this, the young youth of Baluchistan is utterly devastated and has taken the path of drug addiction. According to the latest reports, drug use has reached eighteen percent of the population in Baluchistan and the majority of them are young youths, and forty to fifty thousand people annually are being addicted to drug abuse. Children, the elderly, and even people of all ages have become addicted to drugs. The age at which children are to be in school is begging in the streets for Charas and other drugs. It is not the fault of these innocent children that they are addicted to drugs at such a young age, it is the responsibility of the Government of Baluchistan to provide education to every citizen, but the bright lights of Baluchistan are still out of education.
If someone raises his/her voice against drug dealers would be threatened and killed. Yet this is a recent example: Samihullah Mengal, a courageous student from Nushki, was brutally murdered when he raised his voice against drugs.
After all, what are the reasons that mineral-rich Baluchistan is suffering from so many deprivations? First, of all, the lack of representation at the decision-making level and low quotas for political representation are the prominent factors that have added more misery to the ongoing problems. Baluchistan’s situation will never improve if children are going hungry and the youth is unemployed. Moreover, the only way of Balochistan’s future possibilities for development and property depends on the long term development and investment strategy along with justified distribution of resources.
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