RAWALPINDI - The meeting of District Bar Association (DBA) Rawalpindi Monday witnessed a fray, when the legal practitioners plunged into brawl as soon as one of them showed his annoyance over the decision of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Aitzaz Ahsan to take part in by-elections as a candidate of Pakistan People's Party (PPP). According to details, DBA Rawalpindi held a meeting to welcome Aitzaz Ahsan, who   came to file his nomination papers for the NA 55 Rawalpindi-VI by-elections. During the meeting, Chaudhry Toufiq Asif; a senior lawyer put forward a resolution favouring the decision of Aitzaz to contest by-polls and declaring the Bar premises as central election office for his campaign. The Bar Association passed the resolution with majority but a lawyer Sajjad Akbar Abbasi raised the objection to the decision of SCBA President to contest polls from PPP platform and urged him to contest elections as an independent candidate as many parties boycotted election on lawyers' insistence. Sajjad Akbar also alleged that delay in the restoration of judges was primarily being caused by PPP and asked Ahsan, how could he raise the just voice of legal fraternity in the parliament being a crony of Asif Ali Zardari, who had shown his mind about the issue of judges. When he was making these comments some pro-PPP lawyers tried to stop him and dragged him down from the dice that resulted in the scuffle engaging mainly young lawyers. The Bar representatives and senior lawyers interfered and soothed the flaring tempers. As Aitzaz Ahsan started his speech making his stance clear on the election issue, another brawl ensued involving a lawyer and cameraman of a private television channel. The media persons boycotted the Bar meeting and walked out of the congested and suffocating hall of the RBA. After half an hour of persuasion and arguments, the media persons returned to the Bar hall where the SCBA President termed the incident as petty attempt to create cracks in the lawyers' relation and media and within legal community.  He said he was never in  favour of boycotting general elections as he through an open letter last year made it clear on December 5 to the leading lawyers that if the major political parties; PPP and PML-N took part in the elections, the lawyers should not stay away from the exercise. Aitzaz said that it was due to the decision of the legal fraternity that he opted out of the polls even he was a joint candidate of both major political parties. He at the same time reiterated that for him the cause of deposed judges and the struggle of lawyers were more important than taking part in the by-elections. About his affiliation with PPP, Ahsan said that he had been associated with the party for the last 40 years and could not think of contesting elections with out PPP ticket. H said he had his own sayings within the party as he expressed his feelings openly. Later, the SCBA President was led to the court of Khalid Mehmood Ranjah, the returning officer for NA 55 by the lawyers in a procession to file his nomination papers. Zafar Mehmood Mughal member Punjab Bar Council proposed the candidature of Aitzaz Ahsan and Shabaz Ahmed Rajpoot ex joint secretary DBA seconded the proposal. Talking to mediamen after filing his nominations, Aitzaz Ahsan said he was hopeful to get a party ticket for by-elections and would contest election on PPP ticket. Meanwhile, Capt (Retd) Safdar Mehmood son-in-law of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif submitted his nomination papers for by-polls from NA 52 Rawalpindi-III. Two other candidates Sardar Naseer Ahmed and Ghulam Rasool Malik filed their nominations for the same constituency. The seat was vacated by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after wining February 18 elections.  Those who filed nomination papers from NA 55 include Sardar Mehr Tariq, Amir Fida Paracha, Sardar Naseer Ahmed, Muhammad Akmal, Naseer Ali, Gulzar Awan, Ijaz Khan Jazzi, Ikramul Haq, Raja Tahir Husain, Begum Naeem Ali, Tariq Mehboob Kiani and Syed Zafar Ali Shah. Maj (Retd) Muhammad Ramzan, Chaudhry Masood Akhtar, Sardar Naseem Ahmed, Barrister Wajihuddin Ali Khan and Razzaq A Mirza filed their nominations from PP 10.