LAHORE - An unemployed youth committed suicide by swallowing poisonous pills in Kot Lakhpat, police said Wednesday.

Resident of Vehari district, Muhammad Shahbaz, was staying at his sister’s house in Chungi Amar Sidhu for last few couple of weeks. The family told the police that Shahbaz got disillusioned as he failed to get a job in Lahore.

Late on Tuesday, he went to his bedroom and took poisonous pills. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced as brought dead. Police handed over the body to the family after completing legal formalities.

Mounting unemployment is one of the serious challenges being faced by the cash-strapped country, where millions of graduate are unemployed. Because of the financial crunch, both the public and private sectors are unable to offer more jobs.