ISLAMABAD: Commander Lahore Corps, Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali has said that special care and attention for rehabilitation of children with natural disabilities can provide them the requisite strength to overcome their shortcomings.
According to a press statement issued by ISPR, he was talking to the teaching faculty and members of administration during his visit to Rising Sun Institute for special children at DHA Lahore. He said that providing congenial environment for better upbringing of children with mental and physical impairment was both a religious obligation and a social responsibility.
He said that history is replete with examples where people with mental and physical disabilities if provided due attention have demonstrated enterprise and carved a place of eminence. He emphasised that a little effort on part of society can conveniently help these special children in exploring their dormant capabilities to overcome disabilities.
He said that it was heartening to learn that students of Rising Sun Institute had won 75 medals in various events in International Special Olympics. This is no ordinary achievement, he said, which amply manifests the resolve and zeal of these special children to contribute devotedly towards national achievements.
He said that according to a recent survey there are 5.4 million special persons in our country. This requires a greater social responsibility to contribute for them. The Corps Commander urged the philanthropists, social workers and affluent members of society to come forward and contribute for this noble cause.
He lauded the commitment and untiring efforts of Rising Sun Institute in advancing the cause of special education since the last three decades. He eulogised the dedication of faculty members in working for the welfare and rehabilitation of special children and advised them to promote these positive values among other segments of society as well. Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali assured the administration that Pak Army will continue to contribute significantly for uplift of this institute.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Abdul Tawab, Chief Executive and President Rising Sun Institute and Welfare Society highlighted the salient features of special education being imparted and thanked the donors for their generous contribution in fulfilment of this noble project.
Earlier, a thunderous applause was witnessed during the ceremony, when the special children sang national anthem and paid a befitting tribute to Shuhada of APS Peshawar in the form of a tableau.