ISLAMABAD - Realising special persons as a part of society and give them their due share in Independence Day celebrations, an entertaining programme was organised for the special persons here on Thursday. Milestone Society for special persons, in collaboration with Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal, organised the programme. Singer Rukhsana Murtaza and Qurban Niazi along with their team enthralled the audience with a few traditional songs, which was highly appreciated by the audience, especially the children. Rukhsana Murtaza requested the authorities concerned to take this show in the whole country. Managing Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal Zamurud Khan distributed 120 wheelchairs and 450 white canes among the special persons. He vowed to continue help the poor and needy persons in future. He said wheelchair is the symbol of life for a special person and its importance can only be known from the fact that without it a person has to remain confined to his own home like a prisoner. He said Bait-ul-Maal was established in 1992 and it was for the first time it has started receiving donations from civil society and philanthropists. The event also proved helpful in generating donations for Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal as it received donation of Rs 1.2 million. A large number of special persons from different educational institutions attended the function, which added more enthusiasm to the evening. Representatives from civil society and politicians such as Nargis Faiz Malik, Rai Mujtaba Kharal, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior and Dr Maheen Bhutto Parliamentary Secretary for Health were also presented on the occasion to show their solidarity with the special persons. The speakers expressed their commitment to work with special persons in their fight to get their due share and respect from the society. The initiative taken by Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal will open new avenues for special persons, said Shafiq-ur-Rehman, President of Milestones Society, while speaking on the occasion. He termed the efforts carried out by Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal historical as in a short span of just one week this much has been done for special persons before this. He said Milestone is not an ordinary NGO, but a movement that was started in 1993 with the help of a few friends and now it has its branches all over the country to help to needy and the poor persons. Dr Israr Shah, PPP leader and Chairman of Pakistan Disability Forum, was the chief guest on the occasion. He assured the audience that the present government would soon announce policy for the disabled persons.