Lahore : Commander Lahore Corps Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali has said that empathy rather than sympathy can provide requisite strength to persons with natural disabilities to overcome their shortcomings.
He was addressing a ceremony for Special Children of RISE Institute for Special Children held at Headquarters Pakistan Rangers (Punjab), Lahore. Major General Umar Farooq Burki, Director General Pakistan Rangers was also present on the occasion.
Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali said that providing congenial environment for better upbringing of children with mental and physical impairment was not only a religious obligation but also a social responsibility. He said that a little effort on part of society could help them explore their dormant capabilities. He said that there were glaring examples where people with mental and physical disabilities, when given due attention, rose to a place of eminence.
He made a special mention of the outstanding performance by special children of Rising Sun School DHA Lahore Campus during International Special Olympics, held in Australia in 2013. Their winning streak includes 15 medals to their credit, amply manifesting the dedication of their academia in grooming them into proud members of society.
General Sadiq Ali said that according to a recent survey there are 5.4 million special persons in Pakistan. This requires a greater social responsibility on part of our citizens, he added. He commended the services rendered by Pakistan Rangers(Punjab) and the faculty members of Rising Institute for this noble cause and advised the audience to promote these positive values among other segments of society.
Earlier, the special children presented national songs, tableaus and skits amidst thunderous applause by audience.