The Supreme Court of Pakistan is all set to welcome the first female Supreme court judge-justice, Ayesha Malik for the first time in the country’s history. The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on January 6 approved the elevation of Justice Ayesha Malik by a majority of five votes against four, reported media.
A commission voted to make 55-year-old Justice Ayesha Malik the first female judge on the Supreme Court in the 75 years since the South Asian country’s independence, NDTV reported.
Justice Malik is junior to many judges serving in the country’s five high courts, Afridi had told the media. On September 9, last year, Ayesha’s name has been enlisted for the seat but was later rejected owing to a tie of four votes against four. After endorsement by the JCP, her name will be considered by a parliamentary committee which rarely goes against the recommendation of the JCP.
“An important & defining moment in our country as a brilliant lawyer & decorated judge has become Pakistan’s first female SC judge,” a legislator of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and parliamentary secretary for law Maleeka Bokhari said on Twitter.
Justice Malik became a high court judge in March 2012, and currently, she is number four on the Lahore High Court (LHC) judge seniority list. In case of her elevation, she will work as a Supreme Court judge until June 2031 before retiring at the age of 65. She will also be the senior-most serving judge and likely to become the Chief Justice of Pakistan in January 2030.