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October 30, 2020

Latif Afridi elected SC Bar president

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October 30, 2020

PESHAWAR: Senior lawyer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abdul Latif Afridi, was elected president of the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday.

Latif Afridi, known as Latif Lala out of respect by those younger than him, was the candidate of the Asma Jehangir Group, which is known after her even after her death. The Hamid Khan-led Professional Lawyers Group, had fielded Abdul Sattar Khan for the top slot. Latif Afridi is one of the senior most lawyers in Peshawar and has remained the president of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association. He has remained associated with progressive, secular and nationalist parties. His last association was with ANP. He was once elected as MNA.

Abdul Sattar Khan too is a senior lawyer based in Peshawar. This was the turn of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the rotation rules to get its nominee elected as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association. Latif Afridi and his panel remained successful in all the provinces by a significant margin. In total, Latif Afridi got 1,236 votes while Sattar Khan secured 968 votes. In Punjab, Latif Afridi got 651 votes against 508 polled by his rival. The lead in Punjab was 143 votes. Latif Afridi bagged 546 votes in Lahore against 377 of his rival Sattar Khan, according to a local lawyer Sangeen Khan. In Multan, the winner obtained 69 votes while Sattar got 93. In Bahawalpur Latif Afridi got 36 against 39 of Sattar Khan.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Latif Afridi got 106 votes and his rival bagged 94. From Peshawar, Latif Afridi received 70 while Sattar got 72. In Abbottabad, Latif Afridi secured 26 votes while Sattar Khan polled 11 votes. In Dera Ismail Khan, Latif Afridi got 10 while Sattar managed 11 votes. In Sindh, Latif Afridi got 189 against 142 obtained by Sattar Khan. From Karachi, Latif Afridi bagged 142 while his rival got 118. Besides, Latif Lala got 32 votes against nine polled by his rival in Hyderabad. In Sukkur he got 15 while Sattar managed 14 votes. In Quetta, Latif Afridi polled 64 votes while his rival received 53.From the federal capital, Latif Afridi got 226 while Sattar Khan secured 171 votes. "The election of Latif Afridi belonging to the Asma Jahangir Group as President of Supreme Court Bar Association is victory for all those struggling for democracy and supremacy of the Constitution," said senior nationalist politician Afrasiab Khattak.