Derajat off-road Jeep rally to begin from Friday

D.I.KHAN: The first ever Derajat off-road jeep rally will be held from March 26-28 here along with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Western route.

The Derajat off-road challenge was being organized by Divisional Administration DIKhan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority.

The jeep rally was allowed with SOPs and on submission of Covid-19 negative test report by all participants as per the decision of Covid Task Force Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Faisal Amin Khan Gandapur said all arrangements have been finalised to hold the Derajat off-road challenge keeping in views the coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He said that Derajat has remained a distinct historical, cultural and administrative entity over the past centuries.

The proposed venue for the event offers diverse geography, dry alluvial plains commonly referred to as Damaan, sandy dunes in the foothills of Shaikh Badin surrounded by Khaisore range and River Indus flowing along the desert, Faisal Amin Khan Gandapur said.

Track along one of the most stunning landscapes for Derajat Off Road Challenge is ready as top riders from all across Pakistan started arriving in Dera, foothills of Shaikh Badin National Park and parallel to CPEC Western route, he said .

He said that in wake of the coronavirus situation, cultural portion of ten-day mega festival “Derajat 2021” had to postpone. “The Derajat off-road challenge is being held in order to promote healthy sports activities, ” he added.

More than 100 racers from all over Pakistan will challenge the sand of the derajat off-road challenge in different categories.

The Derajat off-road challenge has been divided into four different Categories – Stock Category, Women Category, local Categories and professional Category with the country’s top riders in action including Jafar Magsi, Sahibzada Sultan, Faisal Shadikhel, Babar khan, Nadir Magsi, Zain Mehmood, Asif Fazal Chaudhry, Roni Patel and others.

Faisal Amin said the event would promote peace and harmony in society and encourage youth to be involved in healthy activities.

Besides promoting tourism, such events also enhance the livelihood of the locals. The prime objective to hold this event in the heart of Shaikh Badin is to show outside world its history and rich culture besides opening this area as a tourist destination, he added.