Yousaf Saleem becomes first visually impaired judge in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Yousaf Saleem, a special person with visually impaired prosecutor will be soon to become Pakistan’s first blind judge .
Saleem belong from Lahore was denied the position despite being a topper has been reconsidered and recommended for the position of the civil judge after intervention by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.
Currently working as an assistant director (legal) in a department of the Punjab Government, Saleem was one of the 21 out of 300 candidates who passed the written test for the civil judge position.
The chief justice had directed the chief justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC) to review the case saying, that a person could be a judge even if he is blind, provided he meets all other qualifications.
On Saturday, Saleem received a letter from the LHC stating, “You are hereby informed that the Hon’ble Examination Committee for Recruitment of District Judiciary and Lahore High Court Establishment has recommended you for appointment as Civil Judge-cum-Magistrate.”
Saleem who is the son of a charted accountant is blind by birth, has four sisters and two of them are also blind.
One of his sisters, Saima Saleem, is the first blind person to pass her civil service exam in 2007 and currently works in the Prime Minister Secretariat as a deputy secretary while his other sister is a lecturer in a university in Lahore.