LAHORE - The election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will be held tomorrow (Thursday).

Both professional and independent groups have fielded their candidates to achieve maximum support from the members of the bar.

Pir Kaleem Khursheed has been nominated as presidential candidate from the Professional group led by Hamid Khan while Syed Ali Zafar is a nominee of the Independent group led by Asma Jahangir. One to one contest is expected between both the rivals.

As per the rotation policy, the president of the SCBA will be from Punjab. There are total 2,697. 436 voters are from Karachi/Sindh, 392 from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, 256 from KPK province, 170 from Baluchistan province, 185 from Multan, and 84 from Bahawalpur.

Pir Kaleem Khursheed has a long career in the bar’s politics. He has been president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association and member of Punjab Bar Council. He is also a sitting member of Pakistan Bar council.

Professional group’s secretary Shamimur Rehman Malik said that small groups of bar, lawyers’ factions of PML-N, PTI and JUI would support Khursheed. He said that he was hopeful about his victory in the election.

On other hand, Syed Ali Zafar is new in the bar politics and contesting his first election of any bar. SM Zafar, his father, however, is considered a big name in the legal fraternity and will helpful for him to notch the victory.

Independent group’s Aftab Ahmad Bajwa and Asad Manzoor Butt of Professional group are vying for the slot of secretary. Butt is known for his affiliation with Jamat-i-Islami. Bakhtiar Ali Sial and Tabinda Islam are running from vice president from Punjab seat.

As both groups are hopeful for their victory, neutral observers predict that Independent group may retain its victory on president’s slot this year. They also see strong position of Professional group on secretary’s slot. The Independent group has been notching the top slot of the SCBA for the last five years.

Caste loyalties have always been an important factor in the bar politics. A major group Jatt caste led by a senior lawyer Ashraf Wahla is supporting Independent group like many previous years.

Whereas one group of Arain clan has been backing Professional group under the leadership of Mian Israrul Haq for many years and another group of the same caste led by Justice (r) Malik Qayum is supporting the other side.

Moot on medical education


The University of Health Sciences (UHS) is organising a three-day international conference on Medical Education starting tomorrow (Thursday).

The title of the conference is “Integrated Curriculum for an Un-integrated Practice”, and it is being organised in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC) and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). The three-day moot is endorsed by the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and Institute of Advanced Dental Sciences and Research (IADSR).

More than 500 health professionals, educationists, healthcare delivery providers, policy makers, medical students and allied health specialists will attend the conference including some of the authorities in medical education from United Kingdom, United States of America, Ireland, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The conference comprises 37 pre-conference workshops at different public and private sector medical and dental colleges, 4 conference workshops, keynote addresses, plenary presentations, oral presentations, hands-on training sessions, and poster presentations. The programme has been divided into seven sessions.

The topics which will come under discussion include curriculum development, assessment and professionalism, educational environment, standardization of learning outcomes, designing and managing postgraduate medical education, integrating ethics in medical education, team-based learning, qualitative research and financial management of health professionals.

The foreign keynote speakers of the conference include Dr Ara Tekian, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, USA; Dr John J Norcini, President and CEO, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), USA; Dr John R Boulet, Vice President FAIMER, USA; Dr Madawa Chandratilake, University of Dundee, UK; Dr David Taylor, School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK; Dr Vikram Jha, Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK; Dr Kay Mohanna, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Keele University School of Medicine, UK; Dr Gominda Ponnamperuma, Medical Education Development and Research Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Dr Gohar Wajid, University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Dr Alam Sher Malik, Quest International University, Malaysia; Dr Shane Knox, National Ambulance College, Dublin, Ireland and Dr Gerard Bury, University College Dublin, Ireland.