Supreme Court Bar Association (SBCA) elected Amanullah Kanrani as its new president on Wednesday after a close contest between the Independent Group (Asma Jahangir’s) led by Ali Ahmed Kurd, and the Professional Group (Hamid Khan’s) led by Kanrani.
Whereby Kanrani managed to get 1092 votes, Kurd remained short of victory with only having received 950 votes.
Both Kurd and Kanrani were running for the second time in the race of SCBA presidency, with the former being SCBA president in 2008, whereas the latter had lost the election against Kamran Murtaza in 2013.
In Lahore, the vice president’s election resulted in the victory for Karamat Ali Malir, who secured 466 votes against his opponent, Tayyab Nasir Mohammad, who garnered 331 votes.
Azmatullah Chaudhry of the Asma Jahangir group won the post of SCBA general secretary for Lahore after getting 438 votes against Hamid Khan panel’s hopeful Shamimur Rehman, who got 360 votes.
After the results were announced, Kurd walked over to Kanrani’s camp to congratulate him on his victory.
“I thank all those who voted for me and showed me tremendous support,” said Kanrani in jubilation. “I thank God for granting me victory and vow to work tirelessly for the betterment of the entire lawyers’ community.”
Kanrani also promised efforts on his part to resolve hurdles that lawyers are facing regarding the allotment of plots.
He also thanked the media for providing “excellent coverage” during the elections and promised to work for the freedom of the media and judiciary.