Pakistan Sharia Court’s Newest Judge is a Woman

Pakistan Sharia Court's Newest Judge is a Woman
Agha Rafiq Ahmed, chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan

On Monday, the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan carried out the appointment of Justice Ashraf Jehan, its first female judge. This marks the first time since its creation in 1980 that the court has had a woman serve on the bench. Previously, Jehan had been serving as a judge in the Pakistani province of Sindh. She took her new oath of office in Karachi, the province’s capital.

Commenting on Monday’s events, chief justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed called it “a historic oath-taking ceremony.” He clarified that nothing had ever prevented a woman from assuming the office, adding that Jehan’s appointment would bring an advantage of showing that Pakistanis are “an enlightened people and would dispel many misconceptions.”

Written by Chris Bacavis

Yahoo! News UK and Ireland


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