Punjab’s First Blind Judge, Yousaf Saleem
Yousaf Saleem is a visually impaired judge who took oath on Tuesday, making him the first blind judge of Punjab.
Yousaf was among 21 candidates who were sworn in for the post of civil judges. The oath ceremony was held at Punjab Judiciary Academy where Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali administered the oath.
Saleem is from Lahore. He was first rejected as a judge despite of him topping the civil judge’s exam. However, he was considered for the same post after Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar took notice of it.
Yousaf had thanked the CJP for taking notice of the situation and the chief justice of Lahore High Court and selection committee for reconsidering his case.
Yousaf is the son of a charted accountant and is visually impaired by birth. He has four sisters and two of them are also visually impaired. His sister Saima Saleem became first visually impaired civil servant in 2007 and is currently serving with Prime Minister Secretariat while the other sister is a university lecturer.
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