ISLAMABAD, Dec 3(APP): PMHA’s Chief Executive Zulqurnain Asghar demanded from the political parties to amend article 25(b) of the constitution to give rights to PWDs like the women and minorities get in the constitution.
He demanded this while addressing a Seminar organized to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, by Potohar Mental Health Association (PMHA) here on Tuesday.
PMHA’s Chief Executive Zulqurnain Asghar, who is also visually impaired said disability, is a way of life. “Everybody has a different kind of disability and we need to accept and learn from each other”.
Speaking at the occasion, Secretary General of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Haris Khaleeq, said that society needed to understand that physical disability was not a sickness and should be taken as a way of life. “We as civilised society need to go beyond the concepts of normal and abnormal and treat these people as any other member of the society to get them out of complexes and deprivations”, he added.
He stressed the need to have accurate census regarding special people in the country as the official numbers of registered persons with disability was so low in contrast to the ground realities.
Sectary General HRCP said “We needed to sanitize the masses regarding the treatment of persons with disabilities”.
Working with PHMA, Lubna who was diagnosed with Polio when she was an infant said that despite having the difficult life as a disable person she never had doubts on her ability to succeed in life.
“I was mocked, denied admissions in normal schools and was even called names. My mother supported me all along and now I am working as a professional with a successful married life with all my disabilities because I did not give up”, she said.
Lubna said she considered herself as successful women who’ve had healthy contributions in every walk of life despite having the physical limitations.
Another speaker Zulqurnain Ali who was visually impaired described the challenges he faced as a visual impaired person and still looked forward to becoming a role model for people who find themselves barred from achieving their goals because of their disability.
The seminar was attended by persons with disabilities and their families, politicians, intellectuals, students, member of civil society and media persons.