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First Time, Female Judge Will Be Promoted, Supreme Court

  ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the country’s judicial history, the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) will promote a woman judge to the Supreme Court at its September 9 meeting.

  Justice Ayesha A. Malik is ranked fourth in the seniority list of the Lahore High Court.  If promoted to the Supreme Court, she will remain a Supreme Court judge until March 2031.

  At present, the sanctioned power of the Supreme Court is complete with 17 judges.  Justice Ayesha will fill the post when senior judge Justice Mushir Alam takes office on August 17.


  After a while we hear positive news which is very refreshing.  Otherwise, we are hearing bad news about differences and controversies regarding the JCP.  However, he expressed concern that various bar councils and associations may oppose the move on the question of seniority principle as once again a junior judge is being promoted from the High Court.

  Referring to neighboring India, the lawyer recalled that Justice Fatima’s wife was the first woman judge to be promoted in the Supreme Court of India.  She said she retired in April 1992.  Since then, eight women judges have been promoted to the Supreme Court of India, of which Justice Indira Banerjee is still serving as a Supreme Court judge.

  Earlier, the JCP had promoted Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel and Sindh High Court Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar as Supreme Court judges.  The commission had offered Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Ahmed Ali Sheikh to become an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court, but he refused.

  Commenting on the development, Sindh High Court Bar Association President Salahuddin Ahmed said that Justice Ayesha Malik has a good reputation as a judge.  He added that it would be amazing to see more women in the upper echelons of the judiciary.


  “If the principle of seniority had been followed, we would have had a female Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court and a judge of the Supreme Court in 2002-03 when Justice Fakhrunisa Khokar was wrongly and repeatedly ignored,” he said.  Senior judges were ignored not only in Punjab but also in other provinces.

  Salahuddin Ahmed said, “We are against the principle of pick and choose and thus we cannot support any out-of-turn appointment made by the JCP in the Supreme Court unless it is like that.  Should not set permanent objective criteria for the selection of. “


  Justice Ayesha Malik has been a pro bono council for NGOs working on poverty alleviation, microfinance programs and skills training programs.

  He is also the author of several publications, including Trade in Financial Services: Review of the Trade Agreement in Financial Services under GATS, The Judiciary of Pakistan Chapter on Independence of the 12th edition of the Journal of World Investment, Global Report 2004 and Pakistan Secular Laws.

  Justice Ayesha Malik also compiled selected cases of the Supreme Court of Pakistan 1956-2006 which were published by the Pakistan College of Law on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court.  It has participated in integration control, acquired through agreement, an international journal of competitive policy and regulation, the Global Competitiveness Review.

  Justice Ayesha Malik was Pakistan’s reporter for Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts, a publication of the Oxford University Press.

  He taught Banking Law at Punjab University, Department of Masters of Business and Information Technology, and Mercantile Law at College of Accounting and Management Sciences, Karachi.  He volunteered for many years to develop English language and communication skills at the Hermann Manor School in Lahore.

  From 2001 until the date of his promotion as a High Court Judge, Justice Ayesha Malik worked with Messrs. Rizvi, Issa, Afridi and Engel, known as RIAA, initially a Senior Associate and  Then as a partner.  She was also in charge of the firm’s Lahore office.  In this capacity, he headed the corporate and legal proceedings of the firm’s Lahore office.

  He also worked with Fakhr-ud-Din G. Ibrahim and Company, Karachi from 1997 to 2001, where he assisted the late Fakhr-ud-Din Ibrahim, former Chief Election Commissioner.

  Justice Ayesha Malik completed her primary education at schools in Paris and New York and her senior at Cambridge Karachi Grammar School.  She did A level from Francis Holland School for Girls in London.  He studied law at Pakistan College of Law, Lahore.  She moved from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA to do LLB, where she was named London H. Gammon Fellow 1998-1999 for outstanding merit.

  Dawn, published August 13, 2021.



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