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Pakistan Confirms Appointment of First Female Supreme Court Judge

A commission that decides on the promotion of judges on Thursday voted to make 55-year-old Justice Ayesha Malik the first female judge on Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
Pakistan confirms appointment of first female Supreme Court judge
A view of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 20, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ)

The Jerusalem Post

Pakistan‘s judicial commission on Thursday confirmed the nomination of the first female Supreme Court judge in the Muslim-majority nation’s history, an action that ruling party members and legal experts said all but ensures her appointment.

A commission that decides on the promotion of judges 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.

The next step is a parliamentary panel where the ruling party has more than enough members to affirm her appointment, said Zahrah Vayani of the Women Lawyers Association. She said Thursday’s action effectively “is an appointment more than a nomination.”

“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 posted on Twitter.

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