“Justice Ayesha has been appointed on the basis of her merit,” says CJP Gulzar Ahmed
By Web Desk
January 24, 2022
ISLAMABAD: History was made Monday in Pakistan’s judicial system as Justice Ayesha Malik was sworn in as the primary feminine decide of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed administered the oath to Justice Malik on the SC constructing, whereas Justice Umar Ata Bandial, who has been nominated as the following high decide of Pakistan, and different SC judges, additionally attended the ceremony.
On the event, CJP Ahmed stated that nobody can take the credit score for Justice Ayesha’s appointment as an SC decide.
“Justice Ayesha has been appointed on the basis of her merit,” the CJP stated.
The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) had authorised the nomination of Justice Ayesha Malik for her appointment as an SC decide with a vote of 5 to 4, on Thursday.
Justice Ayesha had been formally elevated to the rank of a decide of the apex courtroom on Friday.
The last approval relating to the appointment of Justice Ayesha Malik had been despatched to the Parliamentary Committee on Judges, after which the JCP lastly authorised the nomination of Justice Ayesha Malik for her appointment as an SC decide with a vote of 5 to 4, on Thursday.
The elevation of Justice Ayesha as an SC decide didn’t show to be a cakewalk as attorneys from throughout the nation had opposed her promotion making seniority a foundation, as she is ranked fourth within the Lahore High Court by way of seniority.
The Pakistan Bar Council had declared a strike in opposition to the appointment of Justice Ayesha Malik.
Out of the 17 judges appointed within the Supreme Court, Justice Ayesha Malik has been nominated for the seat which grew to become vacant after the retirement of Justice Mushir Alam on August 17.
The CJP and Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court had instructed the title of Justice Ayesha Malik, to which Justice Ayesha additionally agreed in writing.
With Justice Ayesha taking the workplace as an SC decide, the apex courtroom has attained the power of 17 judges of whom eight belong to Punjab alone.
Besides Justice Ayesha, different judges from Punjab embody Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin, Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Syed Mazahir Ali Naqvi.
Interestingly, the 4 judges from Lahore who will now have the chance to turn out to be the CJP in future are Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ayesha A. Malik.
The appointment of the primary ladies decide to the Supreme Court has been praised broadly.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry shared an image of Justice Ayesha taking the oath to congratulate her.
The minister expressed hope that the newly appointed decide will show to be “an asset to our judicial hierarchy”.
Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari additionally took to Twitter to acknowledge Justice Ayesha’s appointment.
“Historic moment — first woman judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan,” Mazaari wrote.
Taking to Twitter, PML-N chief Maryam Nawaz stated that historical past has been made in Pakistan’s judiciary.