Pakistan appoints its first woman Supreme Court judge

Pakistan appoints its first woman Supreme Court judge

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The Law Ministry appointed Pakistan’s first Supreme Court judge on Friday. Justice Ayesha Malik has been elevated to the country’s highest court.

The notification was issued after approval from President Arif Alvi. It states that Justice Malik will be able to assume her responsibility as soon as she takes the oath.

Earlier this month, the Pakistan Judiciary Council approved her name by a 5-4 vote. The nomination was also approved by the Parliamentary Judge Appointment Committee.

This is the second time the JCP has considered Justice Ayesha Malik’s name at the meeting. In September 2021, the JCP session concluded without a decision on Justice Ayesha Malik’s Supreme Court appointment.

Lawyers’ bodies had protested against her elevation to the Supreme Court, claiming the move would violate the seniority principle which mandated that only the most senior judge from a high court could be elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

On September 9, four members of the JCP voted in favour of her appointment and four in opposition. The ninth member Justice Qazi Faiz Isa did not attend the meeting as he was not in the country.

Justice Malik is a judge at the Lahore High Court. Her name was again proposed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan for the elevation to the Supreme Court of Pakistan last month.

Reports say Justice Qazi Faiz Isa was among the four members of the JCP who on Thursday opposed the elevation of Justice Ayesha Malik to the Supreme Court.

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