In order to restrict discrimination against disabled people, the government has passed a new bill in a joint parliamentary session held on Wednesday.
Earlier, 5, 200 Pakistanis signed a petition and supported the legislation which came out in less than a year. The legislation was then forwarded to the parliament in December 2019. The petition was a part of the Equal World campaign driven by the National Forum of Women with Disabilities, Sightsavers, and the Community Based Inclusion Development Network (CBIDN).
Shireen Mazari the Human Rights Minister addressed the landmark bill on her twitter account. She told people that today we have finally got the ICT rights of people with disabilities. It has been a struggle of nearly 2 years and today the bill has been passed in a joint session of parliament.
The bill will be sanctioned as a law after once it is signed by President Arif Alvi, stated Shireen Mazari.
As per the law, the Special People will be allowed to equally participate in employment, politics, and education. It will also protect them from intolerant, discriminatory, and abusive behavior.
The constitution of Pakistan has approved a 2% quota for the disabled in government jobs. The Supreme Court has also asked all concerned authorities to make sure that the quota is applied in every level of the establishment.