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Pakistan appoints first woman to head Balochistan high court

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QUETTA, Pakistan: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has appointed the first woman chief justice of Balochistan’s high court.

Saqib Nisar announced Monday the appointment of prominent judge Tahira Safdar effective Sept. 1 when she replaces outgoing provincial chief justice Mohammad Noor Muskanzai, who retires Aug. 31.

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The legal community Tuesday hailed the appointment of Safar, who has heard many high-profile cases.

Safdar was on a three-judge panel that has yet to conclude the trial of former dictator Pervaiz Musharraf on treason charges.

Musharraf, who seized power in 1999, was declared a fugitive in 2013 and since then has been living in self-exile in Dubai to avoid arrest on criminal charges.

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