IHC library named after slain lawyer Fizza Malik may not be fitting homage, but a trust instituted to provide women scholarships may fill that void
By Aasma Mojiz and Ikram Junaidi
ISLAMABAD: On that fateful clay on Mardi 3, as terrorists sprayed bullets around the district courts in the heart of the federal capital, the legal community lost a promising young Lawer. It was only Fizza Malik’s second day on the job. But her legacy lives on; through her family, friends and colleagues, along with scored of youth around the country who have been inspired by her story.
In a recently held meeting at Islamabad Club, the members of the newly-founded ‘Fizza Trust’ informally launched the organisation that in-
worth if they cannot carry forward their legacy.
Nestled amongst the many rooms of the unassuming IJIC building, the library occupies just two. It holds numerous texts and is frequented by lawyers for research. There are a few computers that feature an online law resource, along with printing and photocopy facilities. The library has 3,000 members.
According to Library Secretary Raja Shiraz Ahmed Janjua, the library holds texts dating back to 1947, as well as some pre-partition texts from India. The hard copies are particularly useful to lawyers when internet facilities are out of order. Texts are also contributed by senior members of the court.
The library also has a website, which is currently under construction, as well as a directory that is renewed annually.
The library is only open to lawyers and, according to Librarian Mubashir Hashmi, stays busy till 3pm – an hour before it closes.
However, Fizza Library is the second library within the court. The Islamabad High Court library, colloquially known as the “judges’ library”, is described by Hashmi as bigger and
bered during the first ever meeting of the ‘Fizza Trust’ at Islamabad Club. The trust was established last week by Tariq Malik, Fizza’s father, with an aim to work for the education of girls, however, the formal inauguration of the trust will be done in August.