Pakistan appoints a female judge to Sharia Court for the first time
Ms Ashraf Jehan (56) appointed as the first female judge of Shariah Court (Pakistan), which hears cases under the Islamic legislation. Ms Jehan was earlier serving as an additional judge at the high court in Sindh.
Note: The Shariah Court was established in 1980 during the rule of military dictator Ziaul Haq as part of his policy towards Islamisation of Pakistan’s institutions. It examines the country’s laws to check them for conformity with Islamic injunctions and hears appeals under religious legislation known as the “Hudood Laws”, which run parallel to the penal code.