Monday, November 24, 2008

Rashid Razvi Elected as Sindh High Court Bar President

Lawyers of the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) elected Justice (Retd) Rasheed A Razvi, as president of the association for a second consecutive term. He secured a landslide victory by getting 890 votes out of a total of 1082 votes cast by the voters. Khawaja Naveed Ahmed secured 132 votes while Ghulam Qadir Jatoi secured 38 votes.
This is the third time that Razvi has been elected as SHCBA President; he was elected for the first time in 2000.While addressing to a charged lawyers gathering after the announcement of election results, Justice Razvi said: “Today’s victory is a referendum for our movement and I assure you that the lawyers will continue their struggle for the rule of law and the independent judiciary in the country. Our struggle will not stop but gain momentum if the judiciary is not restored to the pre-November 3 position,” he warned. “Lawyers have given overwhelming support and I will not disappoint them and continue struggle to safeguard judicial institution, welfare of lawyers fraternity, survival of the country, Constitution and civil society,” he added.The lawyers celebrated the victory by dancing to the beats of drums and raised slogans for the restoration of deposed CJP Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary.
According to results, Z.K Jatoi advocate was elected as Vice President with 645 votes while Munirur Rehman was declared as returned candidate for third consecutive term for the office of Honorary Secretary with 680 votes. SHCBA Secretary Munirur Rehman said that whoever shall come in the way of lawyers struggle should remember the fate Musharaf. Asim Mansoor Khan was declared as returned candidate for the post of joint secretary by getting 658 votes while Akhlaq Ahmed was declared successful for the post of treasurer with 520 votes.
The nine members who were elected for SHCBA’s managing committee are: Sohail Abbas, Tanvir Sibtain Mahmud, Khalid Hameed, Shahid A Bajwa, Khaliq Ahmed, Noman Khan, Mohammad Ismail Memon, Mrs. Shahnaz Ishtiaq while two candidates Shafaat Hussain and Azizuddin Qureshi got equal votes and they will each remain as members of the committee for half a term.

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