ISLAMABAD - The International Paralympics day 2012 will be celebrated on Saturday all over the world including Pakistan by raising awareness of disability issues in schools across the country.

Pakistan first participated in the Paralympic Games in 1992, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Paralympic Games since then.

The main objective of this day is to help to educate other children and youth about Paralympics sport and its inspirational power and to raise awareness and understanding in schools and their communities about persons with disabilities, disability issues and individual differences.  It means to make a real difference in their schools and communities, from taking on the challenge of raising funds for refurbishing derelict basketball and netball courts, to advocating for the right of every child, regardless of physical ability, to have access to PE and sport.

Pakistani athletes have so far won a single medal. A silver, coming courtesy of Haider Ali in the Men's Long Jump F37/38 Event at Beijing 2008 Paralympics. Head of Pakistan Paralympics Tariq Mustafa on the occasion said Pakistan is all set to bring the position of Pakistan on the top.