Justice Musarrat Hilali takes oath as PHC chief justice

Justice Musarrat Hilali takes oath as PHC chief justice

Peshawar (Web Desk): Justice Musarrat Hilali took oath as acting Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) at Governor House in Peshawar on Saturday.

She is the first-ever woman to be appointed as chief justice of Peshawar High Court.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Haji Ghulam Ali administered the oath to Justice Hilali.

The oath taking ceremony was attended by the PHC judges, lawyers, KP police chief Akhtar Hayat Khan, KP Law Secretary Masood Ahmad, Special Assistant to caretaker Chief Minister Pir Haroon Shah and other caretaker cabinet members.

Justice Musarrat Hilali is a senior puisne judge of the court and will serve in the office until the appointment of a regular chief justice by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan.

Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan retired as PHC chief justice on Thursday. Until a chief justice is appointed by the judicial commission, a judge, usually the senior puisne (senior most after the chief justice) steps into the role.

If appointed as regular chief justice, Justice Hilali would be the second female judge to serve on that post in any of the high courts as earlier, Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar was appointed as the chief Justice of Balochistan High Court (BHC) in 2018.