The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday recommended a visually impaired lawyer for appointment as a civil judge after his original snubbing — allegedly due to his disability — rankled Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar last month, DawnNewsTV reported.
In a statement, the Supreme Court had observed that Saleem — a gold medalist from the University of Punjab in LLB (Honors) who had also topped 6,500 candidates in a written examination of civil judges conducted by the LHC in 2017 — was not shortlisted for the position due to his visual impairment.
In the same statement, Justice Nisar had remarked that a person can hold the post of a judge even if he/she is blind, provided he/she meets all the other qualifications.
“It appears that in this case his [Saleem’s] fundamental rights under Articles 9, 14 and 25 of the Constitution, the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified by Pakistan in year 2011, the 3 per cent quota under the Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance, 1981, and the jurisprudence developed by the Lahore High Court in PLD 2017 Lahore 406 and PLD 2017 Lahore 1 were not considered by the Lahore High Court,” the statement had pointed out.
The CJP had referred the matter to the LHC chief justice and a committee of the high court for reconsideration.
Saleem today confirmed to DawnNewsTV that following the chief justice’s intervention, he has received an offer letter from the LHC informing him that he has been recommended for the civil judge’s position and instructing him to get his degrees verified, with his appointment now a mere formality.