Khadija Siddiqui who was stabbed 23 times, Becomes a Barrister, from University of London

Pakistani law student Khadija Siddiqi who was stabbed 23 times in broad daylight in Lahore has finally completed her bar degree from City Law School.

Khadija Siddiqi has now officially become a barrister after passing 12 examinations. The university confirmed to The News that Khadija Siddiqui 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.

Khadija completed her Law degree from Blackstone School of Law (University of London) and came to study in the UK in September 2018.

On 22nd January 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.

Khadija Siddiqi, 24, was brutally attacked by Shah Hussein in May 2016 when she was picking up her 7-year-old sister from school in Lahore. Hussein is believed to have attacked her because she rejected him romantically.

The attacker, Shah Husain, the son of a well-known lawyer in the city, was Siddiqi’s classmate at a private, local law school.

Hussein was convicted of assault in 2017, but his sentence was reduced to five years following an appeal. But in June 2018, he was acquitted by a higher court.

They took heart when the Supreme Court, amid the uproar, decided to use its powers to re-examine the case, even without a formal complaint.

She shared with the media person that she was delighted to have passed all her bar examinations.

She said: “Studying at City Law School in London has been a wonderful experience. I was able to get 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.”

Khajida is planning to return Pakistan to practice as a lawyer after calling 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.

She added: “I remember when I was called by my lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar who told me that my case was fixed for 23rd January. He said that 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.