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Pakistan Swears in First Female Supreme Court Judge

“She deserved to become a judge of the Supreme Court [and] she became one. That’s what it is,” Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said.
Pakistan Swears in First Female Supreme Court Judge
This handout photograph taken on Jan. 24, 2022, released by the Pakistan’s Press Information Department, shows chief justice Gulzar Ahmed administering the oath to justice Ayesha Malik, in Islamabad. (Photo by Pakistan Press Information Department/AFP)

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Pakistan swore in its first woman Supreme Court judge Monday in what is being hailed as a landmark moment in the historically male-dominated judicial history of the Muslim-majority nation.

Ayesha Malik, 55, took the oath at a ceremony in the capital Islamabad that was televised live. She now joins the bench alongside 16 male judges at the top court.

“I want to congratulate Justice Ayesha Malik on becoming the first woman judge of the Supreme Court. I wish her all the best,” Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted.

The process to elevate Malik to the top court from the Punjab provincial high court, which she joined in 2012, had been unusually contentious.

Pakistan’s nine-member judicial commission, which decides on the promotion of judges, had turned down Malik’s elevation last year, before voting 5-4 to elect her this year.

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