LAHORE – The annual elections of the Lahore Bar Association for the session of 2012-13 are going to be held on Friday. Around 11,107 voters will exercise their power of vote for their favorite candidates. This annual event not only inspires the lawyers to enhance leadership qualities but also provides them an opportunity for political awareness.

There would be fantastic contests this year as always among the candidates of different strong groups. One is the group of Hamid Khan and second famous group is the group of Asma Jahangir. Professional group is the group of Hamid Khan while Friends’ group is of Asma. People Lawyers Group and many others groups of the lawyers have also nominated their candidates for this year elections.

Numan Quresh hailing from Friends’ Group of Asma Jahangir is contesting for the president slot and Professional group of Hamid Khan is supporting his candidate Chaudhary Zulfiqar while Justice (retd) Amir Alam Khan nominated Amir Iqbal Basharat for the seat of president and backing him. Seemingly the candidate being backed by Friends’ group is having edge over the candidate nominated by professional group of Hamid Khan. Number of lawyers is going to cast vote in the favor of Asma’s candidate.

There are also other two groups namely Arian and Rajput; groups on races, announced their support to Numan Qureshi while Peoples Lawyer Forum is also backing Numan Qureshi. The whole scenario is creating very interesting scene of competition among the candidates for president slot but especially between the candidates of two groups: Hamid Khan and Asma Jahangir Group. This is pertinent to mention here that Buttar was nominated by Professional group as presidential candidate that annoyed many of this group and Raja Javed Iqbal criticized over his nomination by saying that he was not familiar to the group members.

Former LHC Bar President Mian Asrar-ul-Haq, Pakistan Bar Council Member Ahsan Bhon, Shahram Serwar, Malik Qayyum, and Taswar Qureshi are also backing Nauman Qureshi.Malik Faiz Khokhar and Mian Shehzad Hassan is contesting for the slot of vice president. For vice president at Model Town seat, candidate Agha Shazib Masood is reported as winning candidate.

Nauman Qureshi claimed to have the support of Jameel Sindhu, Hafiz Liaquat and others who belonged to Jamat-e-Islami. Nauman vowed to launch welfare projects if he is elected as president. On the other hand sitting president Lahore Bar Association Shehzad Hassan Shaikh, who is also supporting Nauman, said that the time has changed and the lawyers wanted change instead of that politics which is only confined to the benefits of cabinet. The present cabinet started various welfare projects and he hoped the same from Nauman Qureshi.

Professional Group’s candidate Chaudhary Zulifqar is very experienced in bar politics and is enjoying the status of member of the Punjab Bar Council and has been being backed by PML-N and Jamaat-e-Islami’s lawyers. Jatt clan, the major clan in the bar, has also announced their support to Chaudahry Zulifqar. Stalwarts of his group are also making all-out efforts to woo voters. Having strong influence he can prove all the predictions wrong. Former LHC Bar President Ahmed Awais, Peer Kalim Khurshid, Pakistan Bar Council member Maqsood Butte are also backing Chauhary Zulfiqar.

Muhammad Riaz Bhatti and Agha Shazib Masood are contesting for vice president, Model Town Seat. Nadeem Chaudhary, Jawad Akbar Gill, Qadir Nawaz Ranjha, Asad Zaidi and Waheed Aiwan are contesting for two slots of the bar’s secretary. Choudhary Nisar Ahmed and Saima Malik are contesting for Joint Secretary Seat while Fazayela Farheen Rana and Malik Liaquat Awan are contesting for the slot of Finance Secretary. Shaikh Muhammad Amir and Mirza Waqar Aslam Baig are contesting for the slot of Library Secretary.