LAHORE - With a week to go for polls to elect new office-bearers of the Lahore Bar Association, both heavy weights of lawyers' community, Aitzaz Ahsan and Hamid Khan, are making all out efforts to secure victory for their respective candidates for the presidential slot. Independent observers and surveys, however, suggest that Aitzaz's backed candidate Ch Tariq Javed is in commanding position mainly due to his role and commitment to lawyers' movement for restoration of deposed judges. Interestingly president Supreme Court Bar Association Ali Ahmed Kurd has also endorsed Aitzaz's decision to support Tariq. On the other hand Rana Ziaur Rehman who is a nominee of Professional Group headed by Hamid Khan, has also the support of PPP's leader and member Pakistan Bar Council Kazim Khan. Kazim who was once a staunch supporter of lawyers' movement now recognizes Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar as the real Chief Justice of Pakistan while toeing the party line. Tariq has secured the support of large number of voters including bigwigs of the Bar like Justice (r) Amir Alam Khan, Abid Hassan Minto, Hakam Qureshi and member Pakistan Bar Council Mian Israrul Haq. They are not only supporting but also campaigning for Ch Tariq Javed. A recent announcement by lawyers affiliated to Hmaid Khan's political party, Tehrik-e-Insaf, has also changed the complexion of game in favour of Tariq. President PTI Lawyers Forum Malik Khalid Awan Saturday announced support for Ch Tariq Javed. Hamid Khan is vice chairman of PTI. The insiders say though chairman National Coordination Council on lawyers' movement Aitzaz Ahsan and Hamid Khan have parted ways as far as the LBA election are concerned, yet they are confident of making March 9 long march a success. The observers say Aitzaz's relentless efforts in SCBA's recent election had helped Kurd secure an easy win over PPP backed candidate and the same could happen in the LBA election. A large number of lawyers disbelieve this notion that Professional Group or its leadership is only spearheading the lawyers' movement. They argue that majority of the lawyers are not affiliated with Hamid Khan's group but still they are wholeheartedly adhered to the movement for independence of judiciary. Tariq was also the diehard supporter of Ali Ahmed Kurd in SCAB election. Aitzaz says he is backing Tariq Javed for his full support to the lawyers' movement as he suffered the hardships of detention when he (Tariq) was arrested on November 5 last year in a crackdown on lawyers in the wake of emergency and PCO promulgated by former dictator Pervez Musharraf. On two vice president seats, four candidates are in the run. They are MR Awan, Khalid Chaudhry, Ghulam Abbas Sahir and Bushra Qamar. MR Awan is strong contender because of his popularity among the lawyers for the role he played in lawyers' movement. Ch Khalid is also being considered as a potential candidate and is in a position to turn table on Ghulam Sahir. For VP Model Town seat, Ch Muhammad Akbar Gujjar and Anwar Kazmi vying for the slot. For two seats of secretaries, Ahmed Yar Chawali and Khurram Rafiq Shaad are in the winning position. Syed Fiyyaz Jaffar and Fiaza Naeem Paracha are in the field for the slot of joint secretary where Jaffar is seemingly in a better position. For finance secretary, Naeem Chohan and Asif Shakar are contesting against each other.