Monday, April 15, 2024

After 74 Years, Pakistan Has Appointed Its First Female Supreme Court Judge

Justice Ayesha Malik is anticipated to be elevated to the Supreme Court for the first time in Pakistan’s history. Her name has been proposed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed. On September 9, a judicial commission session has been called to discuss her appointment. On August 17, Justice Mushir Alam will retire, and she is expected to succeed him.

Since March 27, 2012, Justice Malik has served as a judge on the Lahore High Court. According to her profile on the Lahore High Court’s website, she received her BCom from the Government College of Commerce and Economics in Karachi and studied law at the Pakistan College of Law in Lahore. She subsequently went on to Harvard Law School, where she earned her LLM and was selected a London H Gammon Fellow in 1999-1999.

The mother of three used to represent NGOs focusing on poverty reduction, microfinance, and skills training programs on a pro gratis basis. Pakistan was the only country in South Asia that did not nominate a female Supreme Court judge. In a report, Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission stated that only 5.3 percent of the country’s judges are female. This is the lowest figure in South Asia.

In 1974, Pakistan appointed Khalida Rashid Khan as the country’s first female judge. She was appointed to the high court in 1994 after serving as an anti-corruption judge.

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