LAHORE: The country’s first visually challenged judge, Yousaf Saleem, took an oath of his office on Tuesday.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali administered the oath to him and 20 other recently appointed judges in the province.
The other judges who were sworn in included Sardar Umar Hassan Khan, Saba Qamar, Naseem Akhtar Naz, Maira Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Ehsan Nawaz, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Amir Sultan Kolachi, Muhammad Abbas, Sumaira Jabbar, Ali Raza, Muhammad Bilal Khan, Muhammad Tariq, Rasheed Khan, Obaid Hassan, Sana Afzal, Mansoor Ahmad, Allah Nawaz, Muhammad Zubair Sabir, Muhammad Javed Iqbal and Shaheen Noor.
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.
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.