PBC decision on Aitzaz’s election today.

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By Rana Tanveer

LAHORE: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) will decide if Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Aitzaz Ahsan should be allowed to contest the upcoming by-election in a meeting today (Friday).

Talking to Daily Times, PBC member Parvaiz Inayat Malik said that hundreds of lawyers could not contest the general elections after the PBC had boycotted them.

He said that the situation was still the same and the PBC had not withdrawn its decision to boycott the elections. Malik said it was ‘unbecoming’ of a bar official to accept any political office. However, he said that he was against the boycott of elections from the day one as the move went against the lawyers’ struggle.

Malik added he would support Aitzaz if the PBC allowed him to contest the by-election.

PBC vice chairman Haji Syed Rehman said that it was better for Aitzaz not to participate in the election.

Former LHCBA president Ahmed Awais told reporters that Aitzaz must follow the PBC’s decision on whether he was allowed to stand in the by-elections. The PBC was to decide whether Aitzaz could stand in meeting last week, but the matter was put off till this week.

link: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C05%5C16%5Cstory_16-5-2008_pg7_46

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