Judicial Commission of Pakistan approved nomination of Lahore High Court’ Justice Ayesha Malik for her appointment as Supreme Court Judge.
Islamabad: The Judicial Commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed has approved the appointment of Lahore High Court’s Justice Ayesha Malik as judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
If approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Judges, she will be the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Thursday decided to send the name of Justice Ayeha Malik to the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Judges.
It may be recalled that the lawyers’ associations have declared their opposition to this appointment as a violation of seniority principle.
Earlier, the Pakistan Bar Council had said in a press release that the Chief Justice of Pakistan had decided to make a junior judge of the Lahore High Court a judge of the Supreme Court who was ranked fourth in the seniority list.
Without naming Justice Ayesha Malik in the press release, it was said that “not only three judges will be superseded by this appointment but also the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court will be affected.”
It may be recalled that Justice Ayesha Malik’s name also appeared before the Supreme Judicial Council on September 9 past year but she could not be appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.
Who is Lahore High Court’ Justice Ayesha A. Malik?
For the first time in the history of the country, a female judge is being appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
However, if Justice Ayesha A. Malik had not been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court, there was a strong possibility that she could have become the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court in 2026, which was a historic honor.
Justice Ayesha A. Malik was born on June 3, 1966 and studied in Pakistan including Harvard Law School in the United States.
She was an associate of former Chief Election Commissioner and eminent jurist Justice (retd) Fakhr-ud-Din G. Ibrahim and worked with him as an assistant for about four years, from 1997 to 2001.
Justice Ayesha A. Malik, 55, has been a part of the law firm, founded by Justice Qazi Faiz Issa.
Justice Ayesha Appointment in Lahore High Court
She was appointed as a judge of the Lahore High Court on March 27, 2012 after the movement for restoration of judiciary and ten years later, a woman lawyer was appointed as a judge in the Lahore High Court.
She covers constitutional, banking, tax and human rights issues.
According to the Lahore High Court website, she has taught Banking Law and Mercantile Law in various universities of Pakistan.
She has been called upon to specialize in cases of child custody, divorce, women’s rights and women’s constitutional protection in Pakistan in England and Australia.
She has collaborated with various NGOs on poverty alleviation, microfinance and skills training programs and a Pakistani reporter for the Oxford University Press, Oxford Reports for International Law in Domestic Courts.
Justice Ayesha A. Malik’s popular judgment on the method of medical examination of women victims of sexual violence is very prominent.
The decision of the Sharif family to stop the relocation of sugar mills to Rahim Yar Khan area of South Punjab is also one of their famous decisions.
Justice Ayesha Malik Husband and Family
She is married to Humayun Ehsan, principal and lawyer of a private law college and has three children.
Following the appointment of a Supreme Court judge, Justice Ayesha A. Malik’s tenure will be extended by three years.
She was originally scheduled to retire on June 2, 2028 but will now retire in 2031.
With this extension, new Supreme Court Judge Ayesha A. Malik can become Chief Justice of Pakistan one year before her retirement, which will be a unique honor.