Justice Tahira Safdar Takes Oath as First Woman CJ of a Pakistani High Court


Justice Tahira Safdar took oath as the first woman CJ of a Pakistani high court on Saturday.

Justice Tahira was administered oath as the Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice by provincial governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai.

The nomination of Justice Tahira Safdar as chief justice of Balochistan High Court was confirmed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar in July.

She will be replacing outgoing chief justice, Justice Noor Muhammad Meskanzai whose tenure ended on Friday.

According to the BHC official website, Justice Safdar was also the first woman civil judge in Balochistan. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to be appointed in all posts she has served on.

Justice Tahira is the daughter of Syed Imtiaz Hussain Baqri Hanafi, a renowned lawyer. She was born in Quetta on October 5, 1957.

Justice Safdar completed her Masters in Urdu Literature from the University of Balochistan and completed her degree in Law from the University Law College, Quetta.

She was elevated as an additional judge of BHC in 2009 and became a Balochistan High Court judge in 2011.

She created history by becoming first woman CJ of a Pakistani high court.

She will serve as Balochistan High Court Chief Justice till October 4, 2019.

Justice Tahira Safdar is part of the special court bench hearing the high treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.


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