Justice Musarrat Hilali becomes PHC’s first female chief justice

PESHAWAR: On Saturday, Haji Ghulam Ali, Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, administered Justice Musarrat Hilali’s oath as the first female chief justice of the Peshawar High Court (PHC).


Justice Hilali was previously appointed chief justice PHC by President Dr. Arif Alvi. Her appointment took effect on April 1 and lasted until the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) selected a regular chief justice.

She was one of the PHC’s most senior judges, and if the JCP told her, she would be chief justice until she retired.

According to a notification that is included with the APP, the president has appointed Justice Hilali, the PHC’s most senior judge, as chief justice in exercise of the power granted by Article 196 of Pakistan’s 1973 constitution.

After Chief Justice Qaiser Rasheed retired, the position became vacant.

The high court judges, bar council office bearers, lawyers, and ministers of the interim government also attended the ceremony.

Justice Hilali would become the second woman in the country to hold the position of regular chief justice. She would succeed Justice Syeda Tahir Safdar, who holds the position of chief justice of the Balochistan High Court.

It should be noted that, following Chief Justice Rasheed’s retirement, Justice Roohul Amin Khan took the oath of office as chief justice of PHC on Friday; be that as it may, he resigned around the same time and was offered the distinction in a full court reference around the same time.


The governor wished Justice Hilali well and congratulated her on her new duties.



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