Speakers said that the persons with disabilities get relaxed when are dealt with compassionately by their family members, urging the people to love and care for special persons.

Addressing the participants of an awareness walk held in connection with the International Day for the Peoples with Disabilities, Muslim Hands International Country Manager Ziaul Noor stated that the special persons need no doctor and hospital if they are loved and cared for. He said that 5 million people out of 200 million are disabled. Though the government has to facilitate such persons but putting the whole responsibility on governmental institutions was not fair, he said.

Common public should share the responsibility to help the disabled, he added and said that Wazirabad is different from the others areas where dozens of NGOs were working for rehabilitation of disabled persons.

In Hafizabad, DCO Mansoor Qadir said that special children reserve special attention of all and sundry to make them useful citizens by removing sense of deprivation among them. He said that should be provided with all basic facilities. “We should love them so that they may not feel them handicapped,” he said. He was addressing a function held here to observe the Day in the District Complex. It was attended by a large number of special children of Special Children Centre Hafizabad and ADC Safeena Siddique, DO Noman Hafeez, AC Umar Farooq Warraich, AC Rai Yasir Bhatti and Special Education Centre In-charge Afshan Khalid.

Earlier, Afshan appreciated the provincial government for setting up two special centres each in Hafizabad and Pindi Bhattian with provision of books, milk and pick and drop facilities for the students. She further said that Rs800 per month is also being provided for the students as stipend. She called upon parents of special children to ensure due love and care for them to remove a sense of deprivation from them. She also appealed to the parents of such students to get their children enrolled in the centre to avail facilities being provided by the government.

Meanwhile, Sangla Hill reporter adds: the persons with disabilities are striving to live a normal life and face the challenges bravely to prove and demonstrate that they can perform and do everything like that of others in the society, commented speakers while addressing a seminar “People With Special Abilities” to mark the International Day for People with Disabilities at Govt Special Education Centre here the other day.

The seminar was organised by the Deaf and Dumb Welfare Society (Regd) and was attended by a large number of people with disabilities and students of special education centre.

Speaking on the occasion, JSET Kiran Shehzadi said that people with disabilities were still finding it hard to accept their disability. As a result, they have not been able to play a constructive role in the society, she opined. She said that the welfare organisations were playing their role in providing education and vocational training to special children and affluents should help such institutions generously.

Kiran paid tributes to teachers and said the targets set to serve special children were being achieved only due to their sincere efforts. She appealed to the society in general and families and friends of disabled persons in particular to provide them with moral support and help them realise their potential.

Civil Society Network Nankana Sahib Chairman Arman Idrees Chattha said that major issue faced by many disabled persons was lack of ramps and pavements that were friendly for wheelchairs, buses with special platforms and reserved seats for the disabled etc.

Such things can only become part of our environment until we start respecting and treating every human equally,” he stressed.

The participating children observed that the real disabled persons were those who were detrimental to society despite having all physical and mental capabilities. “Our disability should not be considered as a disadvantage. We are part of this society and we should be treated similarly as the normal human beings,” a participant said.

Headmaster Govt Special Education Centre Syed Zahid Manzoor Shah said that special children were important assets and the society was morally and religiously bound to protect their rights and provide them with education so that they could become productive citizens of the country.

HSAELA director: Prominent poet and writer Wilayat Ahmad Farooqi has been appointed as director of Haji Sharif Ahmad Educational and Literary Academy (HSAELA) Germany as representative in Pakistan.

A notification in this regard has also been issued.

Talking to this scribe Farooqi said that the basic aim of the HSAELA was to play a pivotal role to spread knowledge and literature in the country and abroad. He said that he would utilize his capability to the fullest to promote the mission of the academy in the country.

He also commented that projects and works done by HSAELA Chief Executive Shafiq Murad and Executive Director Ghazala Alam had inspired him to join the academy.