Islamabad (April 24, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of the plight of Yousaf Saleem, a visually impaired lawyer who was denied the post of a civil judge.
The chief justice has directed the chief justice of the Lahore High Court to review the case.
The issue came into light after the report was published in a English daily, saying that Yousaf Saleem wanted to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and won a gold medal from the University of the Punjab in LLB (Honors) programme in 2014 but was denied to fulfill his dream despite acquiring first position in the exams for the position of civil judge due to being visually impaired. He failed in the interview only because he was blind.
Yousaf didn’t know he was topper in the written test until he appeared before the interview panel. As many as 300 candidates sat the exam; 21 of them could pass and he stood first.
However, what followed in the interview sank him in despair. Most of the questions asked to him revolved around his visual disability which was inferred as a major hurdle to perform as a judge.He later demanded of the chief justice to look into his matter.
Saleem who is blind by birth has four sisters and two of them are also blind but none of them had accepted this disability as a hurdle in their way to progress.
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.