Prime Minister’s Message on White Cane Day

I am pleased to know that the Pakistan Association of the Blind is observing White Cane Day on October 15, 2014, throughout the country, aiming to raise awareness about the access needs of people who are blind or have very low vision.

It is our moral as well as religious obligation to look after the visually impaired people and provide them all possible facilities and opportunities to take part in normal activities of life. We should enable them to play their equal and active role in educational, economic, and social aspects of life like other citizens of the country.

The Pakistan Association of the Blind is rendering valuable services in this respect for the last more than five decades. We must appreciate the Association for carrying this noble mission so zealously. The observance of White Cane Day every year reminds us of our responsibilities in this regard on one hand and creates awareness among the masses about problems of the blind, on the other.

On this occasion, I would like to call upon the philanthropists and other voluntary organizations to come forward and join hands with the Pakistan Association of the Blind to help alleviate the sufferings of this marginalized segment of society enabling them to contribute to the development and progress of the nation