It is rare to find someone standing tall against the odds and breaking the shackles of negative thinking.
“The first few days were just unbelievable, but within a few weeks I realised that I have to work things out without what I had,” said Ali, a second year computer sciences student at Islamabad Model Post Graduate College for Men in Sector H-8.
With his confident posture and sparkling eyes, Atif seems brimming with hope and looks forward to life.
“Losing my hands was a blessing in disguise for me,” Ali added, saying his mother was a great motivator during his post-disability life. “My mother never treated me like a special child,” he said.
Ali said he never took the comments people made about him negatively, but rather as fuel to drive him further.
Narrating a memorable moment of his life, he said he faced off against taller, more experienced professional athletes at the 2014 National Paralympic Games in Peshawar.
“I was very nervous and had no idea how to beat them,” he remembers. “I gathered my courage and told myself that I can do it; I ended up bagging a gold medal.” He said the experience reinforced his belief that nothing is impossible.
Ali receives the help of government-approved transcribers for complex or lengthy examinations. He said never failed in any of his courses.
At the 2014 Asian Para Games in Korea, Ali claimed fifth position in the 100 meters race. He recently returned from the Army Para Games in Sri Lanka, where he was awarded an honorary gold coin.
“To me, a disabled person is one who never tries again,” he said, when asked if at any point he felt that not having his hands impaired him in any way.
“The one who is amputated or has some part of body missing is not disabled, but the one who gives in is the actual failure,” he added.
Source : The Express Tribune , 11th Oct 2015