As Pakistan’s first female Supreme Court justice, Justice Ayesha Malik has taken the oath of office.
At a ceremony held in Islamabad on Monday, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Justice Gulzar Ahmed administered the oath to her.
“As an asset to our judicial hierarchy,” the minister Fawad Chaudhry hoped the newly appointed judge would be an asset.
A powerful picture symbolises the women empowerment in Pakistan, I hope she will be an asset to our Judicial hierarchy… Congratulations #JusticeAyeshaMalik a land mark elevation pic.twitter.com/BZplrXquOK— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 24, 2022
Many politicians and celebrities congratulated justice Ayesha Malik.
پاکستان مبارک ہو۔ آج پاکستان کی بیٹی جسٹس عائشہ سپریم کورٹ کی پہلی جج بنی۔انشاللہ وہ ایک بہترین ججج ثابت ہوں گی۔ ہماری مائیں بیٹیاں ہمار فخر ہیں اور ہمارے نبی محمد (ص) نے 1400 سال پہلے معاشرے میں عورت کو عزت احترام اور اس کے حقوق عطا کئے تھے۔آج ہمیں انہی اصولوں کو یاد رکھنا ہے— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) January 24, 2022
Congratulations to Justice Ayesha Malik for making history in Pakistan's judicial system after being sworn in as the first female judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan pic.twitter.com/6Wyzz9lvql— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) January 24, 2022
#justiceAyeshaMalik takes oath, making her the first woman Supreme Court Justice in the history of Pakistan.— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) January 24, 2022
Many congratulations to her. And many congratulations to all of us 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/OEO2FLZXrY
#JusticeAyeshaMalik’s appointment as the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Judge in Pakistan is a landmark event. May her appointment serve as a reminder that the composition of the #judiciary must be inclusive and transparent to inspire trust and uphold the #ruleoflaw . pic.twitter.com/lWxAgL33lQ— Asma Hamid (@AsmaHamidASC) January 23, 2022
Justice Ayesha Malik Background
Justice Ayesha completed her undergraduate and law school education both in Pakistan and abroad, including at Harvard Law School. From 1997 to 2001, she worked as an assistant to the former chief election commissioner and eminent jurist Justice Fakhruddin Ibrahim.
The 55-year-old judge is also a founding member of the law firm founded by Justice Qazi Faez Isa. She is an expert in constitutional, banking, and human rights matters.
It’s stated on the LHC website that she has taught banking and mercantile law at various Pakistani universities. In Pakistan, England, and Australia, she has been called upon to handle cases involving child custody, divorce, women’s rights, and women’s constitutional protection.
The judge has worked with a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on projects aimed at combating poverty, providing access to microfinance, and developing workforce capabilities. She has also served as the country’s representative for Oxford University Press’ Oxford Reports for International Law in Domestic Courts.
In light of her decision on the medical examination of female victims of sexual violence, Justice Ayesha is a major figure. Other notable decisions made by the Sharif family include a decision to halt construction of sugar mills in the Rahim Yar Khan area of South Punjab.
A private law college principal and lawyer, Humayun Ehsan, is the judge’s wife and mother of their three children.