Justice Ayesha’s appointment to SC, no consensus in JCP
The Judicial Commission Pakistan (JCP) meeting ended without a verdict on Justice Ayesha Malik’s promotion to the Supreme Court.
The vote count over Justice Ayesha’s appointment as first SC woman judge ended in a draw, The JCP which met under Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed settled inconclusively.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, the Attorney General, and Law Minister Farogh Naseem voted in favor, while Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Sardar Tariq, Justice (retired) Dost Mohammad Khan, and Pakistan Bar Council Representative to the SJC Akhtar Hussain voted against the appointment, stated the sources.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa could not attend the meeting as he was out of the country.
It is relevant to comment here that the appointment of Justice Malik to the Supreme Court was objected by the lawyers today.
Whereas, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed had nominated Justice Ayesha A. Malik for the promotion to the Supreme Court.
Justice Mushir Alam will retire on August 17 as she was anticipated to substitute him.
Justice Malik has been a Lahore High Court judge since March 27, 2012.
According to her profile on the Lahore High Court’s website, she did her BCom from the Government College of Commerce & Economics, Karachi, and studied law at Lahore’s Pakistan College of Law. She completed her LLM from Harvard Law School, where she was named London H Gammon Fellow 1999-1999.
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