May 14, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) –A law graduate with gold medal is all set to become the first ever visually challenged judge in Pakistan.
Yousuf Saleem, who has LLB (Honors) degree from Punjab University had topped the written judiciary exam among six thousand five hundred candidates in 2014. His excellent academic record took him to the interview stage for the position of civil judge. He was among the twenty-one successful candidates but was declined as was visually impaired.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the matter after media reports and instructed the chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) to review the case expressing that a person could be a judge even if the individual is visually impaired, provided that the individual meets all other qualifications.
The Lahore High Court chief justice and the selection committee subsequently reconsidered Saleem’s candidature and suggested him for the position of civil judge.
Saleem received the letter of recommendation from the Lahore High Court last week mentioning that he has been recommended for being appointed as the Civil Judge-Cum-Magistrate by the Honorable Examination Committee for Recruitment of District Judiciary and Lahore High Court Establishment.
Saleem, a resident of Lahore and son of a charted accountant, is brother of four sisters, among them two are also visually impaired.
Saleem aspires to become a Supreme Court judge and wishes to serve the country like the Chief Justice of Pakistan one day.