islamabad -  In order to make our society prosperous, vibrant and civilised, the citizens are needed to come forward and contribute in getting poverty reduced.

This was stated by Inspector General of Islamabad Police Tariq Masood Yaseen while addressing the 20th Centennial Installation ceremony of first-ever elected lady governor of district 305-N2 Lions Clubs International, Lion Sittara Satwat and her cabinet here at a local hotel. Besides a large number of Lion delegates from all over Pakistan, prominent social and human rights activists, members of civil society and persons with disabilities were present on the occasion.  Tarqi Masood Yaseen believed that sufferings of the poor, needy people and neglected segment of society could be minimised if the society takes positive steps in this regard. He stated, The teachings of our religion and great Prophet (SAWW) also direct us to serve the humanity without any discrimination of religion, cast, creed, colour, gender and region.”

Renowned drama artist, host and director, Saania Saeed emphasised the society and the government that the persons with disabilities should not be sidelined and ignored; rather they should have the equal opportunities to earn their livelihood. “We need to have a proactive national action plan to engage persons with disabilities in the socioeconomic development,” she suggested.

Former Member to the Board of CDA and co-chairperson centennial installation, Syed Mustafain Kazmi said, “We should create opportunities for the voiceless and marginalized communities so that they could be able to earn livelihood in a respectable manner.” As far as persons with disabilities are concerned, their right to life, livelihood and shelter shall be ensured and protected, he added.

While addressing the gathering, the District Governor Sitra Satwat said they are united for humanity. “Since we are in the era of centennial year of lionisim, therefore we have to be ready for ‘marching together’ to face the challenges. This year is a unique year in the lions history as we are completing our last year of the lions century which is a great honour and a unique opportunity for us that we are falling within the ambit of centennial year which will never be showing up again in our lives,” she said.