The appointment of the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP)’s first woman to the position of Chief Justice Musarrat Hilali will mark a significant turning point.
This chance presents itself as two senior justices of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) get ready to step down this week: On March 30, Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid and Senior Puisne Judge Roohul Amin Khan presided.
After they leave, Justice Musarrat Hilali will become the highest-ranking judge at the PHC and will be named the first female chief justice of the PHC until she retires on August 7.
It is important to note that Justice Hilali has had a distinguished legal career. She was the first woman to be elected to office, served as an additional advocate general, chaired the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Tribunal, and was the Ombudsman for Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace. She was also the first woman to be elected to office.
Curiously, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has not yet called a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) to talk about who will be the next Chief Justice of the PHC. Consequently, it is anticipated that Justice Musarrat will first be nominated for the position of permanent PHC Chief Justice before being appointed as acting Chief Justice.