(Published in Daily “TheNews” on Thursday, December 23, 2010)
This is not a scene from outside a cinema or a public park! These unemployed young graduates and postgraduates gathered in front of a government department here on Wednesday to try their luck in getting the job of a security guard or an assistant sub-inspector.
When ‘The News’ contacted Airport Security Force (ASF) Duty Officer Zafar Mehmood, he said: “We have advertised vacant posts for security guards and assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) and these people are here for written tests and interviews.” “SSC and FA were the requirements, but graduate and postgraduate candidates have applied for the posts from across the country,” he said.
An officer of the ASF, on condition of anonymity, said that there were only 293 posts for security guards and ASIs in the department but more than 30,000 young men applied for these posts.
Talking to ‘The News,’ young men gathered in front of the ASF office for interviews and tests, expressed their disappointment over increasing unemployment in the country.
Muhammad Naeem Qureshi, a young graduate who has applied for the post of ASI, said that he had applied in more than 30 government and semi-government departments, but unfortunately could not get a job. “I did my graduation in 2007 but could not get even the job of a peon,” he said. He said he has three sisters and old parents and live in a rented house. He said in this situation it was hard to survive.
Rajab Ali, who is an FA and applied for the post of a security guard, said that he wanted to continue his education after getting a job. He said he has applied in several departments for a job but failed to get one. “I have two brothers, a sister and parents. My family is facing a difficult time due to my unemployment,” he said.
Riasat Hussain, a young postgraduate who has applied for the post of ASI, said that people were committing suicide due to poverty. “I have tried to find a job but so far failed,” he said. He said: “The crime ratio is increasing day-by-day across the country because our government is not thinking about creating job opportunities for young people.”
Raja Nasir Mehmood, who is a BSc, said that most young people were trying to go abroad to try their luck because they have no chance to get a respectable job in the country.
Traffic wardens were present along Rawal Road to control traffic flow because the area was crowded with candidates.