Independent group wins major PBC seats

Published January 1, 2021
The Independent Group, famously known as late Asma Jahangir Group, notched majority seats in the 23-member house of Pakistan Bar Council. — Photo courtesy PBC website/File
The Independent Group, famously known as late Asma Jahangir Group, notched majority seats in the 23-member house of Pakistan Bar Council. — Photo courtesy PBC website/File

LAHORE: The Independent Group, famously known as late Asma Jahangir Group, notched majority seats in the 23-member house of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) in an election held on Thursday for next five-year term 2020-25.

Out of 11 seats of Punjab, the group won nine while remaining two seats were secured by the Hamid Khan-led Professional Group.

As per unofficial result, the successful candidates are Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, who also heads the Independent group, Azam Nazir Tarar, Abid Saqi, Tahir Nasarullah Warraich, Pir Masood Chishti, Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry, Hassan Raza Pasha, Mirza Aziz Akbar Baig and Syed Kalb-i-Hassan.

The Professional group’s winners from Punjab are Chaudhry Ishtiaq A. Khan and Shafqat Mahmood Chohan.

The Independent group also claimed to have won four out of six seats of Sindh, three out of four of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan, who conducted the election as returning officer, would announce the official result on Jan 5 in Islamabad.

The respective advocate generals for the provinces administered the polling process wherein members of the provincial bar councils took part.

OBITUARY: Former president of Supreme Court Bar Association and senior political figure of the legal fraternity, Mian Israrul Haq, passed away on Thursday.

A large number of lawyers attended his funeral prayer offered at 10pm in Baghbanpura. He was also a candidate in the election of the PBC.

Mr Haq was also twice elected president of Lahore High Court Bar Association and member of the PBC.

Published in Dawn, January 1st, 2021

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