Who is Asma Hamid? First ever woman Advocate General of Punjab

Who is Asma Hamid? First ever woman Advocate General of Punjab

ISLAMABAD – The Punjab government has decided to appoint a woman Advocate General for the first time in the history of this office.

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday approved a summary regarding the appointment of Asma Hamid as the new Advocate General of Punjab. She will be the first woman to hold this constitutional post ever after replacing her successor, Shakilur Rehman.

Asma Hamid holds a post-graduate degree in constitutional law from the United States’ prestigious Harvard University. She was appointed as an Assistant Advocate General in January 2014 and as Additional Advocate General in March 2015. She has also assumed responsibilities as Acting Advocate General in charge of the office on two previous occasions.

Being a Supreme Court advocate, Asma has successfully represented Punjab in thousands of cases in the Lahore High Court and the apex court. Her representation of the state in the Distilleries case had won billions of rupees in tax revenue.

In the Supreme Court, she assisted the court in several human rights cases as well as matters in which suo motu action has been taken by the court, including the Zainab rape and murder case in Kasur, and silicosis prevention case among others.

Hamid has also advised the chief minister on various issues ranging from Energy, Property, Environment, Media, Tax, State and Evacuee Property, Service, Contract and other laws.

A notification of her appointment is expected to be issued tonight.