Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar is set to become the first woman chief justice of any court in the conservative Muslim-majority nation, Pakistan. She will be the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court.
Justice Tahira was also the first woman high court judge, reported Indian Express.
Historic event for Pakistan
Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar said, “Madam Tahira Safdar will be the next chief justice of BHC.”
The Express Tribune reported that Chief Justice Nisar revealed this information at a book launch in Lahore, where he was invited as the chief guest.
Nisar said that Justice Fakhrun Nisa had recently told him that she had felt ignored when she was overlooked for the position of the Lahore High Court chief justice, reported First Post.
“On Tuesday, I am trying to right that wrong — as that was an injustice done to women and not just an individual — and nominate Justice Tahira Safdar as the first-ever female high court chief justice in Pakistan,” he added.
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The current Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai will be retiring on August 31.
Justice Tahira will replace him and handle the office till October 5 next year.
She is currently a part of the three-judge special court and hearing the high treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
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Who is she?
Justice Tahira is the daughter of Syed Imtiaz Hussain Baqri Hanafi, a celebrated lawyer.
She was born on October 5, 1957, at Quetta.
Justice Tahira did her Masters in Urdu Literature from the University of Balochistan and obtained her law degree from the University Law College, Quetta.
She became the first women to be appointed as a civil judge in Balochistan and was also the first lady to be appointed in all the posts she served.
Picture Credit: tribune.co.pk
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Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv