The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006. So far, 148 states have signed and 100 have ratified this important convention. The Government of Pakistan signed the convention on September 25, 2008.
The President said the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights to all citizens.
Addressing the gathering, the President termed the day as historic and said that it was a great pleasure and privilege that the signing and the ratification was happening during the present democratic government.
"The teachings of Islam also lay great emphasis on protecting the weak including orphans, widows, elderly, poor and, above all, the persons with disabilities. In line with our values and the Constitution we will fulfil our responsibility towards the special people."
The President alos said that it was our duty to look after and take care of the people with special needs. We all have to work together to fill in the gap created by the nature in some people.
He called upon members of civil society, NGOs and affluent people to assist the government in ensuring that the people with special needs are being properly looked after. President Zardari said caring for the special people was very close to his heart and he was personally committed to the cause of disabled people.
The President called upon the federal and provincial governments to carefully review the UN Convention and take all necessary steps for the protection and due care of every special person.
Wishing all the people concerned involved in taking care of people with special needs, the President hoped that they would continue to serve the cause with even greater zeal in the days to come.
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