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Justice Alia Neelam has been approved as the first woman Chief Justice of LHC


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Justice Alia Neelam was approved as the first woman Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday.

President Asif Ali Zardari has approved the appointment of Justice Shafi Siddiqui as the top judge of the Sindh High Court (SHC), under Article 175-A(13) of the Constitution.

The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP), headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faiz Isa, last week approved the promotion of Justice Neelam, along with Acting Chief Justice Shujaat Ali Khan and Justice Shujaat Ali Khan along with LHC. . The nominations of three judges were considered for the post of Chief Justice. Ali Bakar Najafi

The JCP had unanimously recommended the promotion of Justice Siddiqui as the Chief Justice of the SHC to fill the seat left vacant by the elevation of Justice Aqeel Ahmad Abbasi to the Supreme Court.

The post of Chief Justice of the LHC fell vacant after the appointment of Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmed Khan to the Supreme Court on 7 June, after which Justice Shujaat Ali Khan was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the LHC.

Justice Neelam stood third in the seniority list of LHC judges. During the June 7 meeting, the JCP decided to consider his nomination for the office of Chief Justice of the LHC.

In a remarkable milestone, Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar became the first woman to hold the post of Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court in 2018, following the retirement of Justice Muhammad Noor Muskanzai. This was followed by another historic achievement when Justice Ayesha A Malik became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court in 2021.

An informed source said the vopbuzz.com That the JCP had reached a consensus to elevate Justice Neelam despite the opposition of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and its advocacy of following the principle of seniority. Sources said the commission thoroughly evaluated the credentials of all the judges under consideration, and the feedback from almost all the member judges of the JCP was in favor of Justice Neelam.

Asked about the fate of the two senior judges who were bypassed for the post, the source said the decision was up to them, but historically, judges who have been removed have has chosen to continue serving as a judge.

The source said that this scene had happened earlier twice in Peshawar High Court and once in Islamabad High Court.

Born on November 12, 1966, Justice Neelam obtained her LLB degree from Panjab University in 1995 and was admitted as an advocate in 1996. Later she joined the Supreme Court as a lawyer in 2008 and LHC in 2013. .

Born on August 12, 1965, Justice Siddiqui was appointed as a judge of the SHC on March 20, 2012. He was admitted as a Subordinate Judiciary and High Court Advocate in 1992 and 1994 respectively, and was admitted as an advocate. The Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2008

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