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Yet another case of killing merit to score some brownie points in front of white masters
Studied from Harvard law school
Just saying not some random nobody

Its not for the fact that this Judge happens to be a Woman, but what is more important is that she is damn good at her job. She is an expert on 'Contract Law', something we desperately need in Pakistan because contracts and their enforcement is rarely respected in Pakistan.

This is a great day for Pakistan and a great day for 'MERIT'.
If those messages are true, then how? @Mujahid Memon
 

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I wonder how those that opposed her appointment other than merit treat their women?
Not letting them study? Drive? Forced marriages?
 

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F**k off its a Pakistani republic

hey I will f**k off, I simply forbid evil and enjoined good. I am not the one you or anyone else has to answer. To you, your grave..to me mine.

Funny how triggered you are though at Islamic content being posted
 

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Tareekhi moment for as Ayesha Malik is appointed first woman Supreme Court judge.
This will inspire girls to believe that there are no barriers to their aspirations.
This is a good thing. Incidentally my aunt was the first High court judge od Pakistan beating her compatriot by a few hours.
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Look at the incels come out, to them I say fck you, we got a 3 Star General women, and now a Supreme Court Judge, and we already got a woman PM, this is the new world which I welcome, deal with it.
 

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What impact will Justice Ayesha Malik’s elevation to the Supreme Court have?​


After 74 years of independence we were finally able to find a female judge worthy of being elevated to the Apex Court


Ahsan J Pirzada
January 21, 2022

The news of Justice Ayesha Malik’s nomination to the Supreme Court being approved by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on January 6, 2022 was celebrated by members of the legal fraternity, civil society, rights groups and also by perhaps the most underrepresented segment within the legal community – our female colleagues.

At the very outset, it is imperative to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishment of Justice Malik. Congratulations to her for breaking the glass ceiling and paving the way for other talented, competent and committed female judges to make it to the very top.

Moreover, one hopes her elevation to the Supreme Court of Pakistan will inspire young girls to pursue law, which might in turn increase female representation within the Bar and the Bench.

However, her elevation to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and the overwhelming response this news has received from both within the country and outside, has highlighted the state of gender inequality within our society especially within the legal profession.

In essence, a statement has been made that after 74 years of independence we were finally able to find a female judge worthy of being elevated to the Apex Court. How bizarre does that sound?

Unfortunately, truth be told, her elevation is unlikely to have any significant impact on the current state of affairs with regards to female representation. Furthermore, if anyone is expecting her to suddenly usher in a revolution in the Supreme Court during her tenure then they must realise that such an expectation is both iniquitous and illogical. It is not that Justice Malik is incapable of making substantial contributions towards this end, her landmark judgement against the draconian “two-finger test” which was done to determine a woman’s level of ‘sexual activity’ when investigating rape cases stands testament to this very fact. But the Supreme Court of Pakistan is a court of law and not equity, nor would we like to see judges of the Supreme Court exercise or submit to judicial activism, i.e. assume the role of the executive by transgressing its constitutional mandate.

If we intend to make things better, it is imperative to reflect on the existing issues that plague our noble profession. This can be achieved by simply asking ourselves two questions: firstly, who is responsible for the gender inequality within the legal profession, and secondly, how do we undo it?

The answer to the first question is, perhaps, known by everyone, however, let us try and spell it out. Members of the legal profession themselves are the cause of the problem. Our patriarchal mindset, our insecurities, and our unwillingness to hire female colleagues for a number of reasons (all of which can be best described as being flawed to the very core). Our unwillingness to train and nurture young female lawyers under the pretext that they will eventually get married and have children, hence making them unlikely to stay in the practice or within a firm, our collective failure to encourage them and provide them with a conducive and safe environment which enables them to concentrate on their work and excel in it.


Most unfortunately, it would be fair to state that the members of our profession are equally responsible for holding back 48.5% of Pakistani society. This was made evident by the resistance and protests Justice Malik’s elevation triggered from memebrs of the legal fraternity. Needless to say, there are those within the profession who play their part and try their outmost to provide a level playing field for all, but it appears they might be in the minority.

Additionally, the government itself cannot escape accountability here either. The depleted infrastructure of the lower courts dissuades even the most passionate young lawyers from the legal profession. The sheer lack of facilities, even the most basic ones, such as clean toilets, is most humiliating and degrading. No effort has been made by the government to facilitate female lawyers to continue their practice after giving birth, such as quality day care centres within the court premises with competent and trained staff.

The Bar is also responsible for providing such assistance, however, when the entire district judiciary is operating from a rented building which was constructed to accommodate shops, as is the case in Islamabad the Federal Capital, the seriousness of the government in this regard becomes glaringly obvious.


The answer to the second question is that it is time for all of us to change our conduct and our mindsets. If any nation wishes to progress it cannot do so without the help of 48.5% of its population. The government and the bar representatives need to sit together and ensure that a universal employment policy is adopted by every legal practitioner and law firm which ensures equal opportunity for both genders.

Every effort needs to be made by the senior legal professional and elected representatives within the bar associations and bar councils to try and change the existing unfair, immoral and unethical perception around our female colleagues. Moreover, appropriate and adequate facilities need to be made available for legal professionals, especially for our female colleagues, so that they feel comfortable and encouraged to continue practicing law.

Lastly, the reality is certainly a painful one, but Pakistani society at large continues to be extremely unfair and hostile towards the female gender. The atrocities being committed against women in this country on a daily basis are heart wrenching and depict the moral turpitude and degradation of our society. Every aspiring female lawyer out there will have to face her own battle. But, just like Justice Malik, when one is educated and qualified they can help pave the way for others. It is also imperative that in this struggle for equality and gender parity we must all stand shoulder to shoulder, men and women alike.

One hopes that Justice Malik’s elevation has a long term impact, both within the legal profession and across the country. But, given the current state of affairs of Pakistan’s judicial systems, the impact of Justice Ayesha’s elevation can perhaps be encapsulated within this couplet by Faiz Ahmed Faiz:

ہے دشت اب بھی دشت مگر خون پا سے فیضؔ
سیراب چند خار مغیلاں ہوئے تو ہیں​

The desert is still a desert but from the blood of my feet
I have managed to irrigate a few shrubs close to me


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The Judicial Commission of Pakistan has created history by elevating Justice Ayesha Malik to the Supreme Court – the highest judicial forum of the country. For the first time ever, a woman judge will be represented on the bench of this Muslim country’s exclusively male-dominated top court.

Justice Ayesha brings a very diverse educational and professional background to the Apex court. She had schooling in Paris and New York, did her Senior Cambridge from the Karachi Grammar School, and later A Levels from Francis Holland School for Girls in London. She did her LLB from Pakistan College of Law, Lahore, and later did her LL.M from Harvard Law School, USA.

She was named a London H. Gammon Fellow 1998-1999 for outstanding merit and has appeared as an expert witness in England and Australia in family law cases. She was elevated to the bench of Lahore High Court in March 2012 and has since authored several notable judgments with specific reference to women’s rights and gender equality and is also a member of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).

Justice Ayesha keenly contributed to the process for expediting the litigation process by automation and case management and took a position on environmental matters, and is a green judge with advocacy of environmental justice.

Her elevation to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, approved by a divided verdict of five to four in her favor, has been hailed as a victory by lawyers, activists, liberals, and modernists – who see this as a starting step towards women empowerment in a South Asian patriarchal society such as Pakistan.

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Pakistan elevates first woman judge to the Supreme Court

 

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Any idea why she was selected arbitrarily out of many other Senior Judges, including a senior female Judge in the PHC?
 

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Its a great achievement for the country - a historic day for Pakistani women.
I'm sure no one would ask any question if a goon was promoted as a judge.
 

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