Pakistanis rendered disabled are back to normal life With UAE support

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Zubair Qureshi

Sixty-one Persons With Disabilities have so far been provided artificial limbs, legs, arms, foot and other parts in the past few years with the support of the UAE embassy.

With the support of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) persons rendered disabled in bomb blasts and explosions in former tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are now able to resume their normal life and participate in daily work. Most of these PWDs hail from the areas that were affected by terrorism and militancy in the past.

In order to acknowledge these PWDs resilience and to encourage them back to life, the UAE ambassador Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al-Zaabi invited them on Tuesday to the embassy where they practically demonstrated normal movements and thanked the embassy and the PBM to help them back in mainstream life.

Managing Director of the PBM Malik Zaheer Abbas was also present on the occasion. In Tuesday’s ceremony, ten PWDs, eight men and two women, hailing from South Waziristan arrived and shared their stories…their nightmares when they lost a leg, arm or a foot and life had suddenly become dark and colourless for them.

Then, they said, they were approached by the PBM through local administration and their dream to resume normal life became a reality.

Speaking on the occasion Ambassador Zaabi said Pakistan and UAE were enjoying 50 years of diplomatic and brotherly relations.

It’s a matter of pleasure and satisfaction to me for bringing the PWDs back into the active life, he said.

Applauding the pro-poor services of the PBM, UAE Ambassador vowed to strengthen link with the organization in serving the humanity. PWDs were also awarded financial support from the UAE envoy at the event.

MD PBM expressed his gratitude to the UAE Envoy to work jointly with the PBM for extending generous support to provide the artificial limbs to the PWDs ensuring their mobility.

While briefing the media, MD PBM Malik Zaheer Abbas said so far, 61 persons were disabled or paralyzed as a result of sad episodes of Bomb Blasts and Terrorism Activities in North and South Waziristan over the past few years.

They have been provided Artificial Limbs, in collaboration with the UAE embassy and Prosthetic and Orthotic Science (PIPOS).

We look forward to supporting the PWDs of the Balochistan province as well with an aim to accommodate around 2000 PWDs, under the flagship of Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Programme for resilient recovery of the vulnerable persons, he said.

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