A police force in Pakistan was so inundated with demand for new jobs that it nearly filled the country’s biggest football stadium with applicants who showed up.
Over 30,000 people attended the recruitment event to write a written test for police job vacancy of just about 1,100 openings.
Unemployment is so severe in Pakistan that nearly a third of Pakistan’s youth are unemployed according to 2022 data from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
Thousands of applicants can be seen in video sitting in the stadium, listening to announcements, and filling out tests by hand.
Pakistan’s capital police force was so inundated with demand for new jobs that it almost crammed it’s biggest soccer stadium with candidates.
The police force of Pakistan’s capital metropolis, Islamabad, said in a tweet that over 30,000 male and female applicants showed up to take a written test for only 1,167 available positions on December 31.
There had been so many candidates that they took up virtually two-thirds of Pakistan’s largest stadium, the 48,000 capability Jinnah Sports Stadium, which is normally used for soccer matches.
Thousands of candidates are seen in video shared by news outlet Al Jazeera, sitting in the stadium, listening to bulletins, and filling out tests by hand.[ruby_related heading=”More Read” total=5 layout=1]
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More than 30,000 people in Pakistan turned up to take a written test for Islamabad’s police force, where only 1,167 positions were available ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/JqcKidaYWf— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) January 2, 2023
The staggering turnout will be attributed to the truth that almost a 3rd of Pakistan’s youth are unemployed based on 2022 data from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. The institute reported in February 2022 that more than 31% of people between 15 and 29 in the country were unemployed.
PIDE said that a large number of working age people in Pakistan are usually not even a part of the labor power, and additionally the feminine labor power participation price is extraordinarily low.
Islamabad’s police force said that there has been a shortage of personnel in the past 5 years, and that that they had approached the federal government to bulk up the force a number of occasions without success, Gulf Today reported.
The present government allowed the force to make the new recruitment of over 1,500 police constables, which is able to largely remedy the shortage, per Gulf Today.
In a tweet, Islamabad’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Akbar Nasir thanked administrative officers for operating the method easily, and candidates for being disciplined.
Candidates who pass the written test will subsequently be given physical tests, the police force said.