Tahira Safdar becomes first female chief justice of a high court
BHC Chief Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar. – A file photo

PESHAWAR: The Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar took oath of her office on Saturday and became the first lady to become chief justice of a high court.

Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered oath to the chief justice at a ceremony in Quetta.

The ceremony was attended by the outgoing BHC chief justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai, judges of the high court, government officials and members of the legal fraternity.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had given go-ahead to Tahira Safdar’s appointment as the BHC chief justice.

Tahira Safdar received her basic education from the Cantonment Public School and went to complete her Bachelor’s degree from the Government Girls College. She did her Master’s in Urdu Literature from the University of Balochistan, and completed her degree in Law from the University Law College, Quetta, in 1980.

Tahira Safdar started her career as a civil judge on April 22, 1982. She was promoted as senior civil judge on June 29, 1987, and as additional district and sessions judge on February 27, 1991. On March 1, 1996, she was promoted as district and sessions judge before being elevated to BHC as additional judge on September 7, 2009, and was confirmed on May 11, 2011.