Pakistan to appoint its first-ever blind judge

A visually-challenged young man, who is also a gold medalist, is set to be appointed Pakistan’s first-ever blind judge.

Yousuf Saleem was once stopped from becoming a judge due to visual impairment. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the case after media reports and 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.

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Following the order, LHC chief justice and its relevant committee reconsidered him as a candidate and recommended him for the position of the civil judge.

Saleem received a letter of recommendation by the Lahore High Court last week which read: “Honourable Examination Committee for Recruitment of District Judiciary and Lahore High Court Establishment has recommended you for appointment as Civil Judge-cum-Magistrate.”

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