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Saima Saleem is the first visually impaired diplomat to speak in the United Nations and Pakistan is super proud of her!

Saima was born on August 10th, 1984. She was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disorder, as a child. She had requested a computer-based exam from the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) when she applied for CSS. Her request, however, was turned down. But Saleem didn’t stop there; she continued on with her case by citing a 2005 ordinance.

The government will allow visually impaired candidates to take a computer-based exam, according to a press release issued in this regard. Saima Saleem is a strong supporter of interfaith cooperation. She is a motivational speaker and author with a background in international humanitarian law, economics, and public diplomacy.

Saima Saleem, Pakistan’s visually impaired ambassador, made a powerful statement Saturday, expressing the country’s viewpoint in braille for the first time in a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

At the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistani delegate Saima Saleem stated that India continues to occupy an internationally recognised disputed territory whose final disposition must be determined in accordance with the democratic principle of an unrestricted and unbiased plebiscite under UN auspices, as provided for in countless Security Council resolutions.

Saima Saleem used her right of reply to make a hard-hitting statement, claiming that India’s use of the red herring of terrorism and regurgitating tired arguments is typical of all occupiers.

Pakistan is super proud of Saima Saleem and we wish her best of luck!

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