The appointment of its first female Chief Judge will mark a historic milestone for the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
This chance is presented by the upcoming retirement of two senior Peshawar High Court (PHC) justices: Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid on March 30 and Senior Puisne Judge Roohul Amin Khan on March 31.
Justice Musarrat Hilali will take their place as the PHC’s senior-most judge and serve as the court’s first female chief justice until her retirement on August 7th.
Being the first female elected office holder, Additional Advocate General, Chairperson of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Tribunal, and Ombudsman for Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace, Judge Hilali has had a noteworthy legal career.
In 2013, Justice Hilali was elevated to the position of Additional Judge, and in 2014, the PHC confirmed her as a Permanent Judge.
Interestingly, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial of Pakistan has not yet called a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) to talk about the selection of the new PHC Chief Justice. As a result, it is anticipated that Justice Musarrat will first be named as interim Chief Justice and then be proposed for nomination as permanent PHC Chief Justice.