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Justice Yahya Afridi Takes Oath As SC’s Judge

Islamabad(June 28, 2018): Justice Yahya Afridi on Thursday has taken oath as judge of the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar administered the oath of office to him at a ceremony in Islamabad.Number of judges in the Apex Court reduced to 16 after the retirement of Justice Aijaz Afzal, now after the oath of Justice Yahya Afridi number of judges is full at the SC.Justice Yahya Afridi was Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court.

Pakistan’s First Blind Judge Takes Oath Defying Odds:

History has been created, as Yousaf Saleem became the first blind judge in Pakistan after taking the oath of the civil judge.While Yousaf became the first blind judge in Pakistan, there are numerous examples of visually-impaired judges in other countries.

Saleem, who was earlier dropped for being blind, had been reconsidered and recommended for the position of the civil judge after intervention by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.

A gold medalist of the Punjab University in LLB (Honors), Yousaf topped the written judiciary exam among 6,500 candidates. He was amongst 21 candidates, who qualified for interview. However, he failed in an interview as he was blind.He possessed all the qualifications of an eligible candidate prescribed in the job advertisement: law degree from a recognized university, two-year experience as a practicing lawyer, and age between 22 and 35 years.

A computer-based exam was arranged for him the way it is being done for blind candidates in the CSS exam since 2007.

On April 24, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice over a news story published in a private newspaper about a blind lawyer who wanted to be Pakistan’s top judge but was denied opportunity because of his disability.

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