ISLAMABAD: Justice Ayesha Malik is likely to be appointed as the first woman judge in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 74 years. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed has nominated Ayesha Malik for the position.
Honorable Supreme Court Judge Justice Mushir Alam is retiring on August 17 and Justice Ayesha Malik is expected to replace him.
Ayesha Malik has been a Judge of the Lahore High Court since March 27, 2012. She graduated from Government College of Commerce and Economics Karachi, received LLB degree from Pakistan College of Law Lahore and LLM from Harvard Law School.
Pakistan is the only country in South Asia where no female judge has been appointed to the apex court so far.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, only 5.3% of judges in the country are women, the lowest rate in all of South Asia.
The first female judge to be appointed in Pakistan was Khaleda Khurshid, who was appointed to the Anti-Corruption Court in 1994 and then to the High Court in 1994.
Justice Ayesha had passed a landmark judgment banning the two-finger test of rape-affected women in Punjab. The court in its 30-page judgment declared the test illegal.