Challenges to Enhance Youth Political Engagement in Pakistan


  • Nisha Shafique Research Scholar at the Department of Political Science at the University of Okara
  • Ateeq-ur-Rehman Research Scholar at the Department of Political Science at the University of Okara


Youth, Political Engagement, Challenges, Participation, Electoral Participation


This paper explores the multifaceted challenges that hinder the active political participation of youth in Pakistan. As a critical demographic segment, the engagement of young individuals in political processes is vital for fostering a dynamic and inclusive democratic system. The study employs a comprehensive approach to analyze the social, economic and institutional factors that contribute to the limited involvement of Pakistani youth in political affairs. Drawing on empirical evidence, this study highlights issues such as educational disparities, socio-economic constraints and the impact of traditional norms on youth participation. The paper also examines the role of political institutions, media and civic education in either facilitating or impeding the political mobilization of the younger generation. By shedding light on these challenges, the study aims to provide valuable insights for policymakers, educators and civil society organizations seeking to cultivate effective strategies to enhance youth political engagement in Pakistan, in the long run strengthening the foundations of a robust and representative democratic system.


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