First female judge sworn in at the Supreme Court of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan has a woman on its supreme court for the first time. Ayesha Malik will be sworn in on Monday…

ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan has a woman on its supreme court for the first time.

Ayesha Malik’s swearing-in before the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday was a pivotal moment for the Muslim nation, where women often struggle to get justice – especially in related cases to sexual assault.

Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmad presided over Malik’s swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad. The event has been a controversial development for the male-dominated justice system in Pakistan. Malik’s appointment, confirmed last week by Pakistani President Arif Alvi, has silenced some of her critics, who objected to her promotion for technical reasons.

Congratulations poured in from above, with Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeting of Malik, 55, “I wish her all the best.”

Pakistani Senator Sherry Rehman shared a photo of Malik’s swearing-in ceremony on Twitter. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also tweeted, saying Malik’s inauguration was “a great day for Pakistan.”

The process of lifting Malik from the Punjab provincial high court she joined in 2012, has been unusually controversial. A nine-member judicial committee recommends judges for promotion. Five members of the committee supported Malik’s appointment, while four others opposed.

Malik’s allies hope her appointment will pave the way for more women to be promoted in Pakistan’s courts.

Women in Pakistan struggle to get justice – especially in cases involving sexual assault. The authorities and society suspect the victims in many cases.

Malik previously worked at Lahore High Court, the second highest court in the judicial system.

According to the Supreme Court’s website, Malik received an early education from schools in Paris and New York, then earned a law degree at Harvard Law School, where she was named London’s H Gammon Research Fellow for her achievement. excellent.

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