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Message of Prime Minister on International White Cane Safety Day 2012

Islamabad, October 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): International White Cane Safety Day being observed today reminds us of the rights of the visually handicapped and impaired people and our responsibilities towards them. On this day, we pledge our support to the well being and welfare of the visually challenged.

The most befitting manner to observe this day is to spread awareness about the rights and needs of the visually handicapped and sensitize society at large about their problems by demonstrating a humane attitude.

White cane is not only a symbol of the visually impaired but also a tool for independent mobility. These special people have the same capabilities and potential like other normal counterparts. What they need is to channel their potential into productive use so that they remain useful members of society.

The need of social integration of the visually impaired into the mainstream of life cannot be over-emphasized. All stakeholders including the government, media, civil society organizations, and society at large have a responsibility to ensure that arrangements are put in place for facilitating visually handicapped in all spheres of life.

The government is committed to the welfare of the visually challenged people. A quota of two percent has been reserved for the disabled in all the government jobs. It is through provision of greater job opportunities that we can not only empower them but also enable them to play their role in the national development.

On this day, let us resolve to create more awareness and sensitize relevant quarters about the needs and problems of the visually impaired people. Let us pledge to provide better facilities to them and show greater respect and care for them.

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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