Islamabad—The Chairman of National Council of Social Welfare has said that it is our responsibility to empower the persons with disabilities as they can become effective contributing members of the society. Chairman Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik was addressing a seminar held in connection with celebration of International White Cane Day “The Persons with Disabilities and our Social Responsibilities.” The seminar was organized by National Council of Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan. Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, National Council of Social Welfare chaired the seminar while Ms. Abia Akram, a prominent social worker for persons with disabilities was the chief guest. Representatives of Civil Society, NGOs, and intellectuals, officials of different departments of CAD Division, other stakeholders and large number of students attended the seminar.
Various lectures were given on the subject and also practically demonstrations of white cane were given for awareness of the participants. Addressing the seminar, Dr. Malik said that Pakistani disables are playing positive role in the development of the country in every field. He maintained that recent years have witnessed emergence of international movements for the empowerment of persons with disabilities through a number of international conventions and agreements, which make Government of Pakistan a partner in the global movement for the betterment of this important segment of society.