LAHORE - Religio-political leaders Wednesday rushed to register their protest over the incident.

PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi took swipe at the PML-N government, saying that the rulers set another example of barbarianism by beating the peaceful blind.

“The name of the provincial rulers would be written in the Guinness Book of World Records for this ‘achievement’. Torturing the blind on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities really deserves entry into the Guinness Book of World Records,” he regretted sarcastically. Counting his government’s feats, the former CM said he appointed a blind woman as an operator in the Chief Minister's House during his term. Five percent quota for handicapped persons in government jobs and two percent quota in educational institutions in Punjab was allocated during PML-Q government, he said adding that he had established special educational institutions in the private sector, while overall 119 special education schools and centres were established down to the tehsil level.

Meanwhile, PTI senior leader, Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed while condemning the police torture on the blind demanded of the Supreme Court to take notice of this serious incident. He added that police torture on blind had exposed the rulers for their love for democratic norms and values.

Online reports: JI chief Sirajul Haq and JI Secretary General Liaqat condemned the police torture in a joint statement.

They said the police action brought bad name to the nation. They said that unfortunately, the Punjab had been turned into a police state. They said that the all disabled persons including the blind deserved special attention of the government.

The JI chief urged the government to take stern action. He said that expressing solidarity with the disabled on any particular day was not enough. Instead of taking them as a burden on the society, the government should adopt positive measures for making them useful citizens.