Cycle rally held to raise awareness against drug abuse

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To raise awareness among youth about combating the misinformation by sharing the real facts on drug abuses and illicit trafficking, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Graana.com on Saturday organized a cycle rally in federal capital as part of commemorating World Drug Day.

The event was graced by federal minister for narcotics control Brigadier ® Ijaz Ahmed Shah, representative from UNODC country office, Mr. Jeremy Milsom, the chief executive officer Graana.Com, Mr. Shafiq Akbar, group director Mr. Farhan Javed, inspector general (IG) Islamabad police, Mr. Qazi Jameel-ur-Rehman, force commander Anti-Narcotics Force regional directorate north, Brigadier Syed Mubasher Hassan, singer Shahzad Roy and TV actor Faisal Qureshi, SP city Rana Wahab and ASP Amna Baig.

The ride took a quick start from main commercial boulevard ‘Jinnah Avenue’ and after roaming around the Kohsar Complex, Federal Secretariat, Constitution Avenue and Parliament House, it ended at D-Chowk.

Large number of commuters from twin cities comprising youth, families, kids, civil societies, government officials and individuals from all walks of life participated in cycle rally to join in on global observance, to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent for our societies.

Federal minister for narcotics control Ijaz Ahmad Shah while address the gathering at event said that every person will have to play its role in the fight against drugs to protect the future of generations to come.

On the said occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, he expressed the commitment to eliminate the scourge of drugs from the country.

On this occasion, representative from UNODC Pakistan’s chapter, Mr. Jeremy Milsom urged all Member States to take action, building on agreed international frameworks and drawing on United Nations support for health and justice.

Sharing his views on this markable World Drug Day, the CEO Graana.Com, Mr. Shafiq Akbar said that due to the ongoing pandemic, people are now more aware of their health, protective measures to stay fit, and safeguarding each other.

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