Pakistan to appoint first female Supreme Court judge Justice Ayesha Malik
Pakistan to appoint first female Supreme Court judge (Justice Ayesha Malik)
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed has nominated her name. A judicial commission session has been summoned on September 9 on her appointment.
Justice Mushir Alam will retire on August 17 and she is expected to replace him.
Justice Malik (Justice Ayesha Malik) is at the number four position in the seniority list of Lahore High Court judges
Justice Malik has been a Lahore High Court judge since March 27, 2012. She did her BCom from the Government College of Commerce & Economics, Karachi and studied law at Lahore’s Pakistan College of Law, according to her profile on the Lahore High Court’s website. She then went on to complete her LLM from Harvard Law School, where she was named London H Gammon Fellow 1999-1999.
The mother of three children used to fight pro bono cases for NGOs working on poverty alleviation, microfinance, and skills training programmes.
After elevation to the judge of the apex court, she would serve as the judge for 10 years. She (Justice Ayesha Malik) may even become the Chief Justice of Pakistan after the retirement of Justice Yahya Afridi in January 2030. She (Justice Ayesha Malik) would hold this office for a year or so, sources have said.
Pakistan was the only country in South Asia to not have appointed a woman judge in the Supreme Court. The Human Rights C0mmission of Pakistan said, in a report, that only 5.3% of the country’s judges are women. The number is the lowest in South Asia.
Pakistan had appointed Khalida Rashid Khan as its first woman judge in 1974. She was appointed anti-corruption judge and then elevated to the high court in 1994.
Ruling on two-finger and hymen tests of rape survivorsJustice Ayesha A Malik had authored the landmark verdict banning two-finger and hymen tests of rape survivors in Punjab.