January 22nd, 2021
By Ahmad Saeed
Khushdil Khan of Asma Jahangir group has been elected unopposed as Vice Chair of the Pakistan Bar Council for a year-long term, capping the group’s fifth consecutive victory for the lawyer’s body top slot.
The group also secured 18 seats in the 23-member apex body of lawyers. The outgoing Vice Chair Abid Saqi also belonged to the Asma Jahangir group.
Khushdil Khan is also an elected member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and the provincial senior vice president of the Awami National Party. Speaking to Voicepk.net, Khan reiterated his resolve to follow in the footsteps of the group’s founder late Asma Jahangir, vowing to uphold values of the rule of law and democracy in the country.
Khan had spent some months in Haripur Jail during the Movement for Restoration of Democracy’s struggle against former military dictator Gen Zia ul Haq in 1985. After assuming office, he presided over the first council meeting of the newly-elected body.
The council formed a special committee, led by PPP Senator Farooq H Naek, to give proposals on judicial reforms and appointment of judges. The lawyers’ apex body expressed serious concern over the delay in appointment of judges in the high courts, especially the Lahore High Court.
The council also decided to move an application for early fixation of its petition against the LHC judgment which quashed the treason trial of former military dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
Khushdil Khan did his graduation from the Peshawar University and later received his law degree from the Gomal University in 1981. He also served as the provincial additional advocate general in 2006.