For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a woman, Justice Ayesha Malik has taken an oath as a supreme court judge.
Her nomination was intensely opposed by lawyers who had threatened the state to go on a strike. However, on the other side, it was hailed by lawyers, activists, journalists as a stepping stone to improve representation for women in the country.
Justice Ayesha Malik’s nomination was endorsed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, retired judge Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan, and Law Minister Dr. Farogh Naseem.
She has now become the Supreme Court judge for the next 10 years (till 2031) and will become Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) after the retirement of Justice Yahya Afridi in January 2030.
On this auspicious occasion, many congratulated Justice Ayesha on becoming the first female supreme court judge:
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said in a tweet, “A powerful picture symbolizes the women empowerment in Pakistan”. He added, “I hope she will be an asset to our judicial hierarchy.”
A powerful picture symbolises the women empowerment in Pakistan, I hope she will be an asset to our Judicial hierarchy… Congratulations #JusticeAyeshaMalik a land mark elevation pic.twitter.com/BZplrXquOK
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 24, 2022
— Samar Haroon Bilour (@SamarHBilour) January 24, 2022
Aliya Hamza Malik tweeted, “Hoping her presence in the highest judiciary would make a positive difference in our justice system and open doors for many more women in SC”.
A historic and empowering day for #Pakistan . Hoping Her presence in the highest judiciary would make a positive difference in our justice system and open doors for many more #women in SC.
Congratulations with best wishes #justiceayeshamalik pic.twitter.com/1tVyu64oV0
— Aliya Hamza Malik(Updates) (@AliyaPTIupdates) January 24, 2022
Muniba Mazari also tweeted regarding the landmark elevation of Justice Ayesha Malik. She wrote in a tweet, ” What a historic day. Here’s to the strong women. May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them!”.
— Muniba Mazari (@muniba_mazari) January 24, 2022
Journalist Saqib Ul Islam wrote, “History is not was, it is.”
— Saqib Ul Islam (@SaqibIslam) January 24, 2022
— Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) January 24, 2022
Justice Ayesha Malik takes oath as the first female Supreme Court Judge of Pakistan. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed administered the oath. It is a historic day for Pakistan and for the women of this country.#ayeshamalik #justiceayeshamalik pic.twitter.com/TKV8boZDRE
— Rai M. Azlan (@Mussanaf) January 24, 2022
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) January 24, 2022
— Aqsa Kinjhar Leela Jamali (@AqsaLeelaJamali) January 24, 2022
In March of 2012, she became the judge of the court. Justice Ayesha Malik has been working pro bono to counsel for NGOs that work for microfinance, poverty alleviation, and skills training programs in Pakistan. She also served as a reporter for Pakistan for the Oxford Reports, a publication of the Oxford University Press. on the International Law in the Domestic Courts.
Justice Ayesha completed her school in Paris and New York and moved to Karachi to do her senior Cambridge from Karachi Grammar School. In London, she completed her A-Levels from Francis Holland School for Girls. Moving on, in Lahore, she studied at Pakistan College of Law. She then did her LLB from Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Justice Ayesha Malik to Become the First Female Supreme Court Judge in the Judicial History of Pakistan. Read the full story here:
Today, the nomination of Justice Ayesha Malik for her appointment as Supreme Court judge has been approved by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) with a vote of five to four. This essentially means that she will become the first female Supreme Court judge in the judicial history of Pakistan. Seniority was presented as a reason not to elevate Justice Ayesha by the opposing legal community. She is number four on the Lahore High Court (LHC) judge seniority list.
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