Thursday Jul 11, 2019
LONDON: Pakistan's brave law student Khadija Siddiqi who was stabbed 23 times in broad daylight in Lahore has completed her bar degree from City Law School.
Siddiqi has now officially become a barrister after passing 12 exams. The university confirmed to Geo News that she has received an overall “very competent” grade. Her graduation ceremony for a “call to the bar” will be held at the Lincoln’s Inn in October this year.
Siddiqi completed her law degree from Blackstone School of Law (University of London) and came to study in the UK in September 2018. On January 22, 2019, whilst giving the intense and stressful bar exams she had to return to Pakistan to attend her final hearing in the Supreme Court, which was decided in her favour and finally closed her struggle of three years.
Speaking to Geo News, the brave woman said she was delighted to have passed all her bar examinations. “Studying at City Law School in London has been a wonderful experience," she said.
"I was able to get a very unique exposure to people from all over the world. The teachers were all exceptionally considerate and helpful throughout the year.
"I gave a few talks at various universities and worked as the youth ambassador for PTS foundation UK. London is a diverse city and gave me a lot of room to experience different cultures.”
Siddiqi plans to return to Pakistan to practice as a lawyer after the call to the bar at Lincolns Inn.
“As I always said the plan is to work and strive for the people of Pakistan. I hope and pray God gives me the will power and strength to give a voice to the voiceless and bring about judicial reforms in the near future,” she shared.
"I remember when I was called by my lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar who told me that my case was fixed for January 23. He said the case could be heard in my absence too if it was getting hard to come back midway bar course.
"But, somewhere, deep in my heart, I knew that all hopes were hanging upon my case, how they were eagerly waiting for justice to be served. It became my obligation and duty to be present in the Supreme Court of Pakistan for my case hearing.
"I did not give it a second thought and booked my ticket. I missed a week of lectures and some important classes but that somehow became secondary to the big battle I had been fighting for the previous 3 years.
"I would like to thank The News and Geo News for always giving me their platform. To every person out there who helped me in some way during my case, I want to say that the journey to get justice for our oppressed people has just begun.
"Great things happen when our society unites for such causes!"
Siddiqi was 21 when Shah Hussain brutally attacked her in Lahore for refusing to entertain his advances. Full of rage and jealousy, he attacked her as her young sister looked on at a busy road in the metropolis.
The brave woman, in the start, was alone in her fight to get justice but her campaign soon gathered momentum after talk show host Shahzeb Khanzada of Geo News' programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath fearlessly lifted her voice and did several shows on her case.
The media erupted in anger at what had happened to her, with civil society and activists such as Hassan Niazi and Jibran Nasir taking forward the case and fighting tooth and nail alongside Siddiqi.