Justice Ayesha Malik sworn in as first female Supreme Court judge of Pakistan

Jan 24, 2022: Justice Ayesha Malik has made history in Pakistan’s judicial system after taking oath as the first female judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a swearing-in ceremony inside the Supreme Court building on Monday.

Justice Ayesha was sworn in by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed while Justice Umar Ata Bandial who has been nominated as the next highest judge of Pakistan and other judges of the Supreme Court also attended the ceremony.

Last week, a notice issued by the Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice said, “President is pleased to appoint Justice Ayesha A Malik, a judge of Lahore High Court as the judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.”

The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on January 6, 2022 with the majority of five to four recommended the elevation of Justice Ayesha to the apex court, while the Parliamentary Committee (PC) on Judges Appointment had also approved her appointment.

On the swearing in occasion, Chief Justice Ahmed said that no one can take credit for the appointment of Justice Ayesha as Supreme Judge. The Chief Justice said that Justice Ayesha has been appointed on the basis of her merit. Meanwhile, Justice Ayesha’s appointment as the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court judge received accolades on Twitter from federal ministers and others.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry said, “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.”

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz termed the appointment of Justice Ayesha as the first female apex court judge an “inspirational moment for the women” of Pakistan.

On the other hand, the Pakistan Bar Council had declared a strike against the appointment of Justice Ayesha Malik.

Out of the 17 judges appointed in the Supreme Court, Justice Ayesha Malik has been nominated for the seat which became vacant after the retirement of Justice Mushir Alam on August 17.

Justice Ayesha is the first woman judge to sit in the Supreme Court. She became an LHC judge in March 2012 and was ranked fourth on the seniority list of High Court judges. She will serve as a Supreme Court judge until June 2031. Following the retirement of Justice Yahya Afridi in January 2030, she will also become the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Prior to her appointment as a Judge of the Lahore High Court, she taught law as a Lecturer in Banking Law at Punjab University and as a Lecturer in Mercantile Law at the College of Accounting and Management Sciences, Karachi. She holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from Harvard Law School, USA.

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