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Diagnostically, the British Council report titled: “Pakistan: The Next Generation” was written on similar lines. Released in November 2009 this report highlights lack of human and socioeconomic development infrastructure as the key issues behind youth radicalization. Analyzing a sample, which fell within the age bracket of 18-29 comprising of both literate, semi-literate and illiterate youth, it was larger than the Brooking’s report. Conducted all over the country and both in rural and urban areas, the survey highlights the dissatisfaction and frustration of the youth with lack of systems in the country. The report demonstrates the lack of employment opportunities, poor education and lack of good governance as some of the primary concerns of its sample. The report touches upon the issue of the quality of education as well. The gradually depleting quality of education is a factor that tends to make the youth less competitive in the national or international markets. Resultantly, there is greater frustration. The British Council report, which also drew the attention of international media, vi presented the lack of faith of the youth in the political leadership, a trend that one can find in all the four reports. Sixty percent of those surveyed preferred to trust the military than the politicians. vii This, the report argues, compromises the confidence of young people even amongst those that hail from elite backgrounds. The confidence problem could also be linked with a sense of isolation, which was reflected from the opinions, regarding Pakistan’s image as a state caught in the whirlpool of violence and extremism. So, while the youth considered their country as the best, they were also conscious of the external threat as one of the reasons for the poor conditions. The primary conclusion of this report, therefore, was to invest in education and energy resources which would naturally contribute to creating opportunities for the young generation.

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