Govt committed to utmost care of visually impaired: Zardari
15 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has said the government is committed to address the issues of special people including those afflicted with impaired vision and blindness and called for establishing highest standards for their care.
In a message on the International White Cane Safety Day, he asked the people and relevant government agencies to reflect on the problems of visually handicapped people.
He asked them to come up with suggestions to achieve high standards in caring for the disabled as these exist in other civilized nations.
The President said the White Cane Safety Day was aimed at creating awareness about the problems and requirements of visually handicapped persons and to take practical steps to address these issues.
He reminded that a white cane in the hand of a person was a signal that he deserves great consideration and respect for all those blessed with sight.
"I also wish to acknowledge the perseverance and courage of our visually handicapped brethren for their determination to move along and refuse to be deterred by any disability," the President said.
He termed the white cane a symbol of defiance of disability and a proclamation that no disability was too great to conquer human will.
President Zardari said after the Eighteenth Amendment the provincial governments have now been entrusted to take steps for providing a conducive and congenial environment for special people including the visually handicapped to make their lives comfortable and the nation prosperous, healthy and tolerant.
"I am confident provinces would dispense with their obligations in a responsible manner," he added.