PESHAWAR: As a gesture of respect, a moment of silence was observed to honour the services of physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking despite having been a ‘special person’ for almost four decades.
The tribute was paid during a meet-up on social inclusion of people with disability. The meet up had been organised by International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) at a local hotel where, besides people who are differently-abled, officials of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) health department and many, involved in the rehabilitation of people who are differently-abled, were present on the occasion.
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Experts stated around a billion people are differently-abled since one out of every seven people on earth was a ‘special person’ one way or the other. Like Hawking, however, disability could not stop someone from achieving their objectives.
People who are differently-abled expressed satisfaction over the facilities being provided across K-P; they, however, pointed out that the quota for special persons needs to be enhanced since the current two per cent quota cannot accommodate a large number of people who are differently-abled.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2018.