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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Afridi named UN goodwill Ambassador against drug abuse

Pakistani cricketer and former skipper Shahid Afridi was named as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations anti-narcotics agency in Islamabad on Tuesday.

UNODC is a global leader in the struggle against illicit drugs and transnational organized crime. It is committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling such global threats, and by delivering legal and technical assistance to prevent terrorism. With Afridi's help and presence they are hopeful that they will be able to lower the increasing number of drug abuse in Pakistan.

Speaking to the press regarding his appointment Afridi said, "I have never done anything halfway and will give my all to my new role.I hate to see drugs ruin the lives of young people. If I can convince even one boy or girl to shirk the habit, I will be proud [of myself].” 

When asked why Afridi was selected for the job, UNODC Pakistan Representative Jeremy Douglas said, “He plays from the heart. Shahid Afridi is a role model who can speak powerfully against drug abuse. Young people see in him the courage to push boundaries and the will to go on when things get tough.” The all rounder though 31 is still a heart throb for thousands of teenage girls from all over the world and also an icon for all the other youngsters.

During his two-year assignment, Afridi will raise public awareness of, and generate support for, UNODC global programmes aimed at drug demand reduction and drug dependence treatment and care.

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