Pakistan Nominates First Female Chief Justice


Defying conventional gender roles, Pakistan is all set to appoint its first female chief justice.  
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has nominated Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar as the Chief Justice of BHC (Balochistan High Court) on Monday, taking an unconventional step in the country.

Syeda Tahira Safdar will be replacing Mohammad Noor Muskanzai for the position. At a book launch Justice (retired) Fakhrun Nisa, CJP said that Nisa recently told her how she was overlooked for the position of Lahore High Court Chief Justice due to her gender.

CJP Saqib Nisar said that he is trying to right the wrong. The injustice done to Justice Fakhrun Nisa wasn’t an individual deprived of the rights, but in fact, the entire gender was thrown under the mat. To correct the mistake make back then and assure that gender will never be a hurdle for women if their qualification matches the position, Saqib Nisar nominated Syeda Tahira as Pakistan’s first ever female chief justice.

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Justice Tahira Safdar is a highly capable and qualitative for the position nonetheless. The 61-years old originally belongs to Quetta and is the daughter of Syed Imtiaz Hussain Baqri Hanafi, a renowned lawyer. However, this is not the first time she is making to the history books. In fact, she made it the first time back in 1982 by becoming the first woman civil judge in Balochistan.

Justice Tahira is also currently also a member of the three-judge special court conducting the trial of former president Pervez Musharraf for committing treason by proclaiming a state of emergency on 3 November 2007.

Touching upon Justice Siddiqui’s allegation, CJP said that he will not let any elements influence the institution.

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