by Fazal Amin Beg
This particular contribution explores and exposes the internal challenges of the ever marginalized and neglected segment of the societies, People With Disabilities (PWDs), in Pakistan, despite the fact Pakistan is a signatory of the conventions of the United Nations on the rights of PWDs.
Even though, the constitution of Pakistan guarantees to a significant level the rights of PWDs, the poor policies and implementation emanating out of the poor, disabled and corrupt minds of the related public and private sector organizations as well as NGOs functional in the country hamper upon the effective and equitable implementation of the policies if do exist to some extent in a practicable way.
When rights of the vulnerable and marginalized peoples like persons with disabilities are bitterly usurped at all levels in different organizations, insitutions and the whole societies in the country, what we could expect from such wild officials and leaders that they would be careful of the rights of those who are apparently normal?
It’s also important to be noted again that when the corrupt intents and actions of the officials in the concerned organizations have made the normal people as disabled then what could we expect from them for the actually deserving people who are legally handicapped physically, mentally, visually or otherwise
In such suffocating environment, Alliviation of poverty in the country thus sounds a big gossip than a reality as claimed by various public sector organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and civil society organizations function in different provinces and regions and even by most of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at grassroots level.
Some of such genune concerns and challenges have been highlighted and shared in the talkshow with Syed Faisal Shakeelof Waqt News Television Channel (broadcast on December 19, 2017 from Islamabad Studio) by coming up with firsthand experiences as cases. Hope you’d be careful in logically observing the discussion and look for the remedies from the grassroots level by beginning it from yourself as an individual and your household as first step. Then could look around your respective societies and regions. But please always think that at what level you yourself are disabled if apparently you yourself are fit physically or mentally? The worst disabilities could be witnessed in terms of honesty crisis in Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, as people possess layers of greed coupled with jealousy, arrogance, backbiting and above all, telling a lie at various scale. These voluntary behavioral disabilities have led different segments of our societies towards corruptions in various forms and at different scales, which is the topmost and monstrous disability of our motherland.
Consequently, these socio-political disabilities lead towards bitter violation of the rights of those who are disabled in real terms whether mentally impaired or physically (such as visually, hearing-wise, mute, or other physical unfitness as per standard).
In conclusion, it should be seriously noted that involuntary disabilities (mentally or physically) are always unpredictable. It could emerge at any level at any time at any stage of your age. So be wise and careful and never be arrogant. ,
Ayeena(Mirror) Program of Waqt News on 19 December, 2017
click and watch “Ayeena” with Syed Faisal Shakeel, Host/Anchorperson of the Show
Guests/Panelist of the Show:
BasitSubhani, Founder, Payam Trust, Working working for Persons With disabilities (PWDs and other marginalized/vulnerable people. )
Fazal Amin Beg of Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan Region (M.A. M.Phil) qualified his PhD coursework from Taxila Institute of Asian Civilization (TIAC), Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad in 2011; and he himself is a visually handicapped person.
Ayeesha Ahmad, LLB, LLM, Advocate and a volunteer with different organizations for Peoples With Disabilities; and she herself is a physically impaired person.