LAHORE - Ahsan Bhoon group appeared to be in lead over their rival Professional group as the counting of votes for the election of 22 members of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) continued until Monday late night.

According to unofficial result, victory of Ahsan Bhoon and other members of his group including Azam Nazir Tarar, Abid Saqi, Kamran Murtaza and Syed Kalb-i-Hasan was clear after getting top six of priority. Position of two independent aspirants Maqsood Buttar and Raheel Kamran Sheikh was also strong. Ishtiaq A Khan, Shafqat Mahmood Chohan and Tahir Nasarullah Warraich of Hamid Khan led-Professional group were elected as members of the PBC. Senate-styled elections of the PBC are held after every five years.

Polling was held at the office of the Advocate General wherein 75-member house of Provincial Bar Council of Punjab cast their votes to elect members of the PBC, lawyers’ top regulatory body.

Advocate General Naveed Rasool Mirza acted as presiding officer. Attorney General of Pakistan as de facto chairman of PBC would announce the final result of the election by Dec 30.