Recommendation to make Ayesha Malik the first woman judge of the Supreme Court by thecapitaldebates

The Judicial Commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed has recommended the appointment of Justice Ayesha Malik of Lahore High Court as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Recommendation to make Ayesha Malik the first woman judge of the Supreme Court by thecapitaldebates
Recommendation to make Ayesha Malik the first woman judge of the Supreme Court by thecapitaldebates

If approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Judges, she will be the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. According to sources, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Thursday decided to send the name of Justice Aisha Malik to the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment by a majority vote. Has declared opposition.

Earlier, the Pakistan Bar Council had said in a press release that the Chief Justice of Pakistan had decided to make a junior judge of the Lahore High Court a judge of the Supreme Court who was ranked fourth in the seniority list.

Without naming Justice Ayesha Malik in the press release, it was said that "not only three judges will be superseded by this appointment but also the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court will be affected. It may be recalled that Justice Ayesha Malik's name also appeared before the Supreme Judicial Council on September 9 this year but she could not be appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Some quarters in the country are looking at the appointment of the first woman judge in the Supreme Court as a major change because if she becomes a judge of the Supreme Court, according to the Senate list, she could possibly become the first woman Chief Justice of the country.

Justice Ayesha Malik is one of only two female judges in the 40 esteemed judges of the Lahore High Court. According to Women in Law, a group working for equal opportunities for women lawyers in Pakistan, only 15% of women judges are part of the Pakistani judiciary.

Judicial Commission has made a historic decision: Farooq Naseem Federal Law Minister Farooq Naseem said that the Judicial Commission has made a historic decision. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a woman has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

He said that in the meeting of Judicial Commission, five voted in favor and four voted against. When asked if Justice Qazi Faiz Issa also opposed the appointment of Justice Ayesha Malik, he said, "I cannot name the opponents but I can name the supporters."

According to him, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Law Minister and Attorney General supported the appointment. When asked about the principle of seniority of the Pakistan Bar Council, the Law Minister said that the decisions of the Supreme Court are available in this regard. The Supreme Court has made it clear that the seniority principle does not apply to the appointment of a High Court judge in the Supreme Court.

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