Meet Saima Saleem, Pakistan’s first-ever visually-impaired UN delegate

Saima Saleem's speech at the UNGA.

Saima Saleem is Pakistan’s first-ever visually-impaired UN delegate. She is being applauded for her fervent speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Saleem hit back at the Indian delegate saying that India endorses terrorism in occupied Kashmir.

Saima’s speech at UNGA

Replying to the Indian delegate, Saima said that Kashmir is not India’s internal matter.

She stated that India occupies an internationally recognized disputed territory whose final disposition should be decided according to a democratic principle of a free and impartial plebiscite.

Saima said that India levels baseless allegations against Pakistan to divert attention from the human rights violation in Kashmir. ‘We [Pakistan] call upon the international community to take cognizance of the compelling evidence and hold India accountable for the heinous crimes,’ she added.

Saleem further said that India must accept a UN commission of inquiry if it has nothing to conceal. Moreover, it must implement the Security Council resolutions stipulating a plebiscite. ‘Enable the people of Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination,’ she said.

People across the country are praising Saima’s speech.

Who is Saima Saleem?

Saima was born on the 10th of August 1984. As a child, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – a rare, genetic disorder.

When she applied for CSS, she had requested the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) to attempt a computer-based exam. However, her request was rejected. But Saleem did not stop as she proceeded with her case by quoting an ordinance that was passed in 2005.

The press release issued in this regard stated that government will allow visually impaired candidates to take a computer-based exam.

Saima Saleem is a staunch advocate of interfaith harmony. She is a motivational speaker and a writer as well with expertise in international humanitarian law, economic and public diplomacy.

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  • Syyeda Midhat Batool says:

    She is a real celebrity who needs to be brought in the limelight to inspire the youth, we really need to nurture the talent not mere style and indecency as done in today’s world where cheap performers claim the spotlight while the true talent remains unnoticed.

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