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In historic second, Justice Ayesha Malik sworn in as first feminine Supreme Courtroom choose of Pakistan

Justice Ayesha Malik sworn in as first female Supreme Court judge of Pakistan
Justice Ayesha Malik was sworn in as Pakistan’s first feminine Supreme Courtroom choose on Monday, a landmark event in a rustic the place activists say the regulation is commonly wielded in opposition to ladies.

Justice Malik attended a ceremony in Islamabad the place she now sits on the bench alongside 16 male colleagues on the apex court docket.

“It is an enormous step ahead,” lawyer and girls’s rights activist Nighat Dad informed AFP.

“It’s historical past within the making for Pakistan’s judiciary.”

Justice Malik was educated at Harvard College and served as a excessive court docket choose in Lahore for the previous twenty years.

She has been credited with rolling again patriarchal authorized mores in Punjab.

Final yr she outlawed a deeply invasive and medically discredited examination used to find out a girl’s degree of sexual expertise.

Ladies in Pakistan typically battle to realize justice in rape and sexual assault instances, and the take a look at was deployed as a way of discrediting victims by casting aspersion on their character.

Justice Malik’s elevation to the apex court docket of Pakistan might clear the way in which for extra ladies to enter the traditionally conservative and male-dominated judiciary.

“She has damaged all obstacles within the judicial system and it’ll permit different ladies within the system to maneuver ahead,” stated lawyer and girls’s rights activist Khadija Siddiqi.

“I hope it will result in extra women-centric selections by the judiciary sooner or later.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated Justice Malik and wished her all the very best.

Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi referred to as it “an amazing day for Pakistan”.

Lawmakers throughout the political spectrum in addition to journalists rejoiced, sharing footage and movies of the oath-taking ceremony and terming it “historic” and “inspirational”.

Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry, whereas sharing a shot from the ceremony, stated the image was highly effective and symbolised ladies’s empowerment within the nation. “I hope she shall be an asset to our judicial hierarchy … Congratulations #JusticeAyeshaMalik, a landmark elevation,” he tweeted.

Science and Expertise Minister Shibli Faraz too termed it an inspirational second.

Comparable sentiments have been shared by Parliamentary Secretary for Regulation Maleeka Bokhari who exhorted all women watching, “BELIEVE in your self – Observe your DREAMS- REPEAT after me- NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE!”

PPP Vice President Sherry Rehman congratulated the newly appointed choose, sharing an image of the ceremony with the caption: “It is a image filled with promise and hope for the great, proficient, vivid, brave younger ladies of Pakistan! Observe your goals, be the change.”

Others who congratulated Justice Malik included Senator Faisal Javed Khan.

“Justice Ayesha Malik takes oath as the primary ever girl choose of Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom. Additionally an emblem of how ladies’s struggles over the previous 4 many years have pushed again patriarchal constructions and gender stereotypes. Lengthy technique to go however small victories matter,” wrote journalist Raza Rumi.

Journalist Amber Rahim Shamsi too welcomed the information, saying it was a superb begin to Monday.