LAHORE - A non-governmental organisation has launched a revolutionary matrimonial matchmaking service exclusively for people with disabilities.

The launch event was organized at Arfa Software Technology Park, Ferozpur Road here yesterday.

Azauj, an NGO, has started this service to facilitate the disabled people and their families. The launch event was attended by disabled people, their families and friends.  Under the banner of Azauj Social, the matchmaking service provides families a distinctive forum, established for the first time in Pakistan, where they can meet and greet each other in an informal setting.

This matchmaking service is being supported by the Punjab Government’s Information Technology Board (PITB). Since finding a suitable life partner for one’s self, siblings or children is an arduous task, most Pakistani households in the country and abroad face this serious issue every now and then.

Available matchmaking services and traditional matchmakers at large fail to provide efficient and effective solutions.

Their procedures also entail huge financial implications, but the emotional ordeal most have to undergo is too much to bear. To address this issue, Azauj is currently working in Pakistan, UK and USA through offering online access as well as offices and representatives.

The launch event of ‘Azauj Special’ was led by internationally acclaimed Pakistani luminaries. Vice President Fountain House, and Secretary BISP, Mr. Muhammad Saleem Ahmad Ranjha, author, scholar and head of Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Dr. Khalid Jamil (Big Brother), Director Programme, Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled and member BoD, AKUWAT, Dr. Izhar Hashmi and President R&D Youth Connect, Punjab,

Advocate Omer Pervaiz Malik, graced the occasion.

Addressing the audience Dr. Khalid Jamil said there was a misconception that disabled people were unable to function in normal society. It is society that needs to accept the different ways in which disabled people can contribute and, in a majority of cases, these contributions can outweigh those of other, normal, people, he added.