DIFFERENTLY ABLE PAKISTANIS AND FOR THEM DISABILITY IS NOT A BARRIER
Differently able person are the person empowered with potential that’s different and bigger than the rest of us. Having a disability is definitely difficult but it’s one of the richest classrooms a human can experience. The disabled may lack complete physical appearance but they are head strong, they can achieve whatever they have dream of. Disability is not a choice they are the specially chosen ones from Allah and with courage, patience and self-control they can prove that disability is not inability.
There are many differently able persons in the World, who are really inspirational and true source of motivation but in this category too we Pakistanis are not behind. In Pakistan we have such great examples of some physically retarded person who have proven that they can make a difference even with disability.
Muniba is known as the Iron Lady and True Face of Pakistan. She is a wheel –chair bound artist, writer and singer. She met with an accident in 2007 which left her being paraplegic. She says that her mentor taught her the art of living in the wheel chair with dignity, optimism and self-control. She is now the ambassador for Tony and Guy wheel chair modeling, The Body Shop and Pond’s Miracle Woman in Pakistan. She was named as the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women in December 2015.She is also among the 100 influential women around the world, according to BBC.
She is an educated woman and proud to hold two Masters Degree. She is the first female with disabilities from Pakistan to win the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarship. She is the first woman with disabilities to be nominated as the Coordinator for the Commonwealth Young Disabled People’s Forum and is also the chair of the Youth Council of UNICEF.
She is a victim of earthquake of 2005 and lost her leg. She went to the US for medical treatment after the disaster and there she learned to Ski. She excelled at the sport and is now training to represent Pakistan for the 2018 Paralympics. She raced at Okemo Mountain, Vermont before competing in her first Nastar Nationals.
He is a Pakistani cricketer who beats disability. He is a victim since he was two year old. He did not give up on his dream and lived with one leg and he runs in hard with the crutch and delivers the ball with all the pace he can generate. Saeed has made the world look at him with dropped jaws.
5.SAIMA AMMAR (LATE)
She lost her eyesight at the age of 2.5 year. She was the Chief Executive officer of the Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness. She attended the UN Women Conference in Beijing. She became the first blind person from Pakistan to have been nominated to attend the International Visitor Programme of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the USA. She died on 22nd December 2011, after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.