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Message from President of Pakistan on the occasion of International White Cane Safety Day

Islamabad: The White Cane Safety Day being observed worldwide on October 15 every year is an occasion to create awareness about the problems and requirements of visually handicapped persons on the one hand and to take practical steps to address those problems on the other.

A white cane in the hand of a person is a signal that he or she is visually handicapped and therefore deserving of great consideration and respect of all of us who are blessed with sight.

On this occasion I also wish to acknowledge the perseverance and courage of our visually handicapped brethren for their determination to move along the road of life and refuse to be deterred by any disability. A white cane has indeed become a symbol of defiance of disability and a proclamation that no disability is too great to conquer human will.

The present government is committed to addressing the issues of special people including those afflicted with impaired vision and blindness.

After Eighteenth Amendments now provincial governments have been entrusted to take steps for providing special people including the visually handicapped a conducive and congenial environment thereby making their lives comfortable and the nation prosperous, healthy and tolerant. I am confident provinces would dispense with their obligations in a responsible manner.

I also call upon the people and relevant government agencies to reflect on the problems of visually handicapped people and think about what needs to be done to achieve the same standards in caring for the disabled as exists in other civilized nations and to work towards achieving those standards.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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