LAHORE - Lahore Businessmen Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled (Labard) President Mohammad Pervez Malik has said that Labard vocational centre in Harbunspura would start imparting training to the disabled persons very soon. Pervez Malik was addressing the members of Governing Body here on Monday. Labard Secretary General Bushra Aitzaz Ahsan, LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, Senior Vice President Tahir Javed Malik, LCCI former President Mian Misba-ur-Rehman, Labard Joint Secretary Madiha Aijaz, Finance Secretary Mohammad Saeed Khan, Naghmana Javed and a large number representatives of multinational companies were also present on the occasion. The Labard President said that the vocational center was being equipped with most modern machinery to impart free of cost training to the disabled persons. He said that Labard is trying to establish a Rehabilitation Center at Jinnah Hospital. He was optimistic that Labard efforts would yield positive results. He also said that Labard Mela would be arranged in February. The Labard Mela for special persons is an annual event which is arranged to provide the special persons a unique opportunity of get-to-gather with a different kind of entertainment. Further more, Labard President also paid rich tributes to the Punjab Government for doing an excellent job for the rehabilitation of the disabled. He said that allocation of funds by the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif is a step in right direction. He said that Labard would extend its best cooperation to the Punjab Government for this noble cause. He said that Labard has so far arranged jobs for hundreds of disabled persons and it is soon coming up with a state-of-the-art training center in Lahore where the disabled persons would not only be imparted with training in various faculties but arrangements would also be made for their placements in different organizations. At the Labard, a number of services including medical assistance, counselling of mentally disabled persons, speech therapy, Qarz-e-Hasana and crutches, tricycles are being provided absolutely free of cost. The number of disabled persons who got themselves registered with the Labard for availing these facilities is now in thousands. Labard President said that in the developed world, the disabled persons are always given a special treatment, they are provided with every possible facility so that they could use their abilities for the well-being of society and now the situation in Pakistan was also taking a positive turn and a large number of disabled persons are running their own businesses with the help of Labard. In his address, the LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali paid rich tributes to Labard office-bearers for spending their time and energies for this noble cause. He said that Labard is a feather in LCCI cap and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would leave no stone unturned in ensuring proper assistance to the Labard. He said that all the businessmen should at least accommodate one disabled person in his factory or office to curtail the miseries of the society.