(Apropos to International Day Of People With Disability Being Observed On 3rd December)
Kamran Khamiso Khowaja
In life, some unanticipated incidents and tragedies occur which ends the purpose of living for a person, but then it is the element of hope that gives the courage to live and that teaches the art to survive. There is a famous quote that if you have opted to live with hope then life becomes easy to live. This story is of a doctor who decided to live with courage despite knowing the fact that his life will never return to normalcy Dr. Aslam Khowaja alias Dr. Aslam Azad was born on 30 August 1965 in jati, the coastal town of district Sujawal in the house of a poor but dedicated and diligent teacher Ashiq Ali Khawaja who was known for his integrity and uprightness. The teachings of his father motivated him and inclined him to work for the progression of poor masses and to create awareness in society. After receiving his early education from his home town jati and Sujawal he moved to Liaquat Medical College jamshoro (now university) for higher education from there he completed his MBBS in 1991. In the course of his academic studies, he played an active part in student politics and Social work He was appointed President of Sindh Sujag Bar Taherikh-SST LMC unit, which was the student wing of Awam Taherikh, a party formed by Rasool Bux Palijo. On account of his determination and services for the party, he was then appointed its general secretary. During his tenure as general secretary of SST, he organized different events, seminars, and conventions to keep the students of Sindh Awakened and aware of their issues. Besides that, he also took steps for providing free scholarships to the poor and necessitous student studying in different universities and colleges of Sindh Dr Aslam worked with different social organizations, he was an active member of Chandoki Social Welfare, Sindhi Adabi forum, Aga Khan Foundation, Awami doctors forum, and Sindhi Adabi Sangat. Through these organizations, he deflected his fellows and young generations towards social service. Inequality, poverty, injustice, and inequality were those factors that influenced him to become the voice of those people who have suffered owing to these factors, and for that he affiliated himself with the profession of Journalism. He served as Correspondent of Urdu newspaper JUNG, Sindhi Newspaper JAGO, and Weekly Sindhi Magazine TAHERIK. Along with it, he was chief editor of his newspaper AWAZ. The formation of the Jamshoro Press club is a result of his resolute efforts. 20 December 1991 is the day when dreams, desires. the whims and wishes of the young doctor disappeared into the darkness. On that day when he was on his way back home after attending a Medical camp, a horrifying accident near sujawal badly damaged his spinal cord. The injured doctor was rushed to a private hospital where he remained under treatment for Months. Doctors left no stone unturned in reviving his physical ability but they could not succeed and in the end, he was declared untreatable. The horrific incident left him paralyzed for life but it could not shatter his robust courage and tenacity. The bedridden doctor has made all possible efforts for transforming his weakness into his strength. At first, it was quite hard for me to come to terms with this harsh reality, but by the passage of time, I accepted the reality. Said Dr. Azad with a spark of courage and will in his eyes. I Am thankful to my friends and family members for their unconditional love, support, and love, My elder sister deserves exceptional gratitude for her dedication and love towards me; he further said. His Colleagues, relatives, and friends keep visiting him. People from different segments of life including renowned political figures and social activists of Sindh join him every year in his birthday celebrations on 30th August. Dr. Aslam on the other hand still offers free tuition for those students who want to pursue their career in medical subjects and he also gives free medical consultation to needy patients. Besides that, he also conducts sessions in different events to encourage and Motivate Youth. His brother and particularly elder sister who has forsaken her wishes for the welfare of her brother helps him perform his routine activities. Sometimes we lack the words to praise Aslam,s Courage and endurance. He is a role model for Youngsters, said Mariyam Majidi, a well-known poet and educationist of Sindh. Social Activist Nawaz Shah Badai Said that; State must own iconic figures like Dr. Azad, Munibah Mazari, and others their skills can be used for the betterment and amelioration of our society. Aslam,s Contributions to society and his services for the community will always be remembered, said his childhood friend and colleague Dr. Piyar Ali Khuwaja.
(The writer is a Law Student and Columnist based in Sujawal.)