New bill Seeks Lady Judges in Supreme Court
ISLAMABAD: another bill, calling for no less than a quarter of judges in the Supreme Court of Pakistan to be ladies, was tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Presented by MQM MNA Saman Sultana Jafri, the revision to the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1997, the bill tries to redress a glaring disparity concerning ladies judges on the Supreme Court.
“Pakistan is the main nation in South Asia [which has] never had a lady judge in the Supreme Court. [This] implies that not a solitary judge speaks to the lives, the sensibilities and the effects of law on more than half of our populace,” the bill’s announcement of articles and reasons read.
Presenting the bill on the floor of the house, Ms Jafri called attention to that there had been a few lady Judges who could and ought to have been hoisted to the Supreme Court before.
She said that under Article 25, parliament could make laws exceptionally for ladies and kids, which is the reason this bill was being laid before the house.
“Majida Rizvi, Nasira Javed Iqbal, Talat Yaqub, Khalid Rashida Khan, Fakhrunnisa Khokhar… the rundown is long, and some of these names were additionally suggested, however the truth of the matter is that none of these ladies were really picked,” she said.
Contradicting the bill on a basic level, Law Minister Zahid Hamid said that the system for the arrangement of a SC judge was laid out comprehensively in the Constitution. He said that if a lady judge met the criteria, she would be selected to the peak court.
Reluctantly prescribing that it be sent to the advisory group, he demanded “this was not the route” to go about this, fairly an established alteration should’ve been presented.