CJP Saqib Nisar takes Suo Motu Notice of Blind Lawyer’s Appeal


Islamabad: CJP Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of a plea by a visually impaired lawyer, Yousaf Saleem, who was denied the post of judge due to his natural disability. The Chief Justice Pakistan, taking notice of this case, has directed the chief justice of Lahore High court to review the details of the case.

Saleem, a gold medalist from University of Punjab, for his study in Law back in 2014, works as an assistant director in a department of Punjab Government. He gave the civil judge written exam and was one of 300 students to pass it, ranking 21st position.  But when he was giving the interview, the handicap of being blind had caused him to be denied the position of a judge despite his efforts.

An article in The News published on Sunday said that the Saleem had no idea of his ranking in the written exam until he received the interview call. But because he was visually impaired, the panel which was interviewing asked how he will judge the gestures of criminal. To which he replied he will take the assistance of his staff where his handicap limits him, but that was not satisfying enough for the panel. They rejected him on the basis that his disability would become a hurdle in criminal cases.

When the list of successful candidates was published, Saleem’s name was not on it. Saleem afterwards had appealed to CJP Saqib Nisar to see that he receives fair treatment.


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