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Pak gets first woman chief justice of high court
By Tariq Butt September 02, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: In a historic oath-taking ceremony, Justice Tahira Safdar was sworn in as the first woman chief justice of a high court of Pakistan on Saturday.

Held at the Governor House, Justice Tahira’s oath-taking was administered by the Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Khan Achakzai.

Her nomination as chief justice of BHC was confirmed in July by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.

She has replaced Justice Noor Muhammad Meskanzai whose term ended on Friday. Justice Tahira will serve as the chief justice of BHC till Oct.4, 2019.

Furthermore, she has rendered her legal services as the first woman civil judge of Balochistan. She also enjoys the distinct stature of being the first woman to be appointed in all posts she has served on.

Born on Oct.5, 1957, Justice Tahira is the daughter of notable lawyer Syed Imtiaz Baqri Hanafi.

She is part of the special court bench hearing the treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for violating the Constitution in November 2007 by imposing a state of emergency.

There are very few female judges in the superior and subordinate judiciary. There is not a single woman justice in the Supreme Court. However, some high courts have a couple of female judges.

The judges are inducted in the subordinate judiciary through competitive examination in which everyone regardless of the gender can participate.

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