Pakistan: JCP approves Justice Ayesha Malik’s elevation SC

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Islamabad, Jan 7 : Lahore High Court Justice Ayesha A Malik became the first ever woman judge of Pakistan to be elevated to the country’s Supreme Court on Thursday, Dawn reported on Friday.

Her elevation was approved by the Judicial Com­mis­sion of Pakistan (JCP), whose meeting was chaired by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, by a majority of five votes against four chaired.

This is the second time that the JCP held a meeting to decide on Justice Malik’s elevation. A lack of consensus during an extended meeting of the JCP on September 9 last year had forced the commission to reject her elevation.

Justice Malik’s elevation had also been opposed by the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) which contested that her elevation is being carried out by superseding several senior judges. It had also warned that in case the JCP meeting was not called off, the PBC and all bar associations would boycott all court proceedings, from the superior judiciary to the lower courts.


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