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Justice Ayesha Malik notified as nation’s first lady SC decide

Justice Ayesha Malik
Lahore Excessive Court docket’s (LHC) Justice Ayesha A. Malik was notified as a decide of the Supreme Court docket (SC) of Pakistan on Friday, formally changing into Pakistan’s first-ever lady decide to be inexperienced lighted to take a seat on the apex court docket.

Based on a notification issued by the regulation ministry, her appointment has been authorized by President Arif Alvi and can come into impact as quickly as she takes oath of workplace.

The event comes two days after the Parlia­­mentary Committee on the Appointment of Superior Judiciary authorized the appointment of Justice Malik as a decide of the SC.

For months, Justice Malik’s elevation to the SC was debated as many stated it went in opposition to the precept of seniority since she is the fourth most senior decide of the LHC.

These in favour of her elevation identified that seniority was not a requirement for appointment to the apex court docket in line with the Structure and that the nation’s judicial historical past is filled with cases of male judges from provincial excessive courts being elevated with out consideration to seniority.

After the parliamentary committee authorized her appointment, Senator Farooq H. Naek, who heads the physique, had stated the committee nonetheless believed within the precept of seniority for appointment of judges, however the approval for Justice Malik was given as a result of it was the primary time a lady was being elevated to the apex court docket.

“We’ve authorized Justice Malik’s title in nationwide curiosity,” the senator had stated.

The Judicial Fee of Pakistan (JCP) had earlier this month authorized Justice Malik for elevation to the apex court docket by a majority of 5 to 4 throughout a heated session that had lasted practically three-and-a-half hours.

This was the second time that the JCP held a gathering to determine on Justice Malik’s appointment. An absence of consensus throughout an prolonged assembly of the JCP on Sept 9 final yr had compelled the fee to defer a choice on her appointment.