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CJP again recommends Justice Ayesha Malik for SC post

JCP to consider LHC judge’s elevation to SC on January 6

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed has again proposed the name of Lahore High Court (LHC) judge Justice Ayesha Malik for her appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Justice Gulzar also summoned a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on January 6 to consider Justice Ayesha for the SC judge’s post.

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This is the second time the CJP has proposed the judge’s name for the SC job. In September this year, the JCP had met to consider her nomination, but consensus could not be evolved among members.

Justice Gulzar, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan and Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem had supported her nomination.

However, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice (r) Dost Muhammad Khan and Pakistan Bar Council representative in the JCP Akhtar Hussain had opposed it.

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Another JCP member, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, had not attended the said meeting. Justice (r) Dost Muhammad Khan has retired from the JCP after his two-year tenure ended earlier this year. Justice (r) Sarmad Jalal Osmani is now a JCP member in his place and it is learnt that he may support Justice Ayesha’s nomination.

Justice Ayesha became an LHC judge in March 2012 and is currently on number four on the LHC judge seniority list. In case of her elevation, she will work as a SC judge until June 2031. She will also become the chief justice of Pakistan after the retirement of Justice Yahya Afridi in January 2030.

It is pertinent to mention here that no female judge has ever been elevated to the Supreme Court in the judicial history of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, President Dr Arif Alvi has appointed Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri and Justice Babar Sattar as additional judges of the Islamabad High Court.

The president approved the aforesaid appointments under Article 175 of the constitution, acting on the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan.


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