Obama nominates first ever Pakistani-American as federal judge
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama made history by nominating first ever Muslim-American of Pakistani origin to the federal judiciary of the country on Tuesday. The nomination of Abid Qureshi is the first such judicial nomination in the country’s history.
President Obama said in a statement that, “I am pleased to nominate Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench.” I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.
Abid Qureshi, a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington DC, was nominated to the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
He was born in Pakistan, Qureshi earned his bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Cornell University and his law degree in 1997 from Harvard Law School.
Muslim rights advocates hailed Qureshi’s nomination.Executive director of Muslim Advocates Farhana Khera said,“I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,”
She added that having a rich diversity in the judicial system would help ensure fair and just administration of the law.