Islamabad/ Web Desk:
In a first in the country’s judicial history, the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) is going to elevate a woman judge to the Supreme Court when it meets on Sept 9.
Justice Ayesha Malik is set to become the first woman judge of Pakistan after outgoing CJP Mushir Alam recommended her for the elevation in the Supreme Court. Justice Alam is set to retire on August 17 and a judicial committee is considering Malik as a judge for the top court. She is currently at the Lahore High Court and ranks four on the seniority list. If elevated to the apex court, she will remain a judge of the Supreme Court until March 2031.
Malik started her legal career by assisting Fakhurddin G Ibrahim at his legal firm in Karachi from 1997 till 2001. Malik studied law at the Pakistan College of Law in Lahore. After this, she got a master’s degree from the prestigious Harvard Law School in London. In March 2012, Malik became a justice in the Lahore High Court.
In 2019, Malik became the president of the Committee for Protection of Women Judges in Lahore. She is also a part of The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), an initiative of women empowerment through equality and justice for women.