LAHORE - Fazal-e-Haq Abbasi of Independent Group was elected as Supreme Court Bar Association president for year 2014-2015 by defeating Abdul Sattar Khan of Professional Group with a narrow margin on Friday night.

Abbasi, who was backed by Independent Group of Asma Jahangir, bagged 1007 votes while his rival candidate Abdul Sattar Khan, who was backed by Professional Group of Hamid Khan, could get 961 votes, as the unofficial result was announced. Asma Jahangir’s independent group emerged victorious in the SCBA elections for the fifth consecutive times. Abbasi belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  

Polling started at its scheduled time of 9am and ended up at 5pm with one hour break from 1pm to 2pm at all the polling stations. As usual, the lawyers took part in the election with their traditional way and hustle and bustle was observed at all polling stations, especially at Supreme Court Bar Association at Lahore registry. Habib Tahir Khan, Syed Sardar Hussain and Shabbir Ahmad Awan were elected as Vice-Presidents from Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, respectively. Shah Abbas had already elected unopposed vice president from Punjab. Two candidates including Ch Maqsood Ahmad and Aslam Pervez Mian contested elections for the secretary slot. A tough competition was observed between both of them; however, Chaudhary Maqsood won the seat by bagging 467 votes against his rival who could get only 369 votes.

Sanaullah Zahid won the seat of additional secretary with 703 votes against his rival Qari Abdul Rashid who bagged 596 votes. Syed Anwar Ahmad Shah notched the slot of finance secretary by getting 511 votes against his two rivals who lagged behind in the race of getting votes while the result of the Islamabad and Rawalpindi was not announced till the filing of this report. As the result was announced, the lawyers of independent group lifted their elected president on their shoulders and showered rose petals on him.  Talking to the media, Abbasi said he would try his best to resolve the issues of the legal fraternity, with a special focus on the welfare of the fellow members.

He said he would work on the housing colony for lawyers.