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Proceedings against IHBCA secretary for using ‘general’ in title

ISLAMABAD: The discord between the Islamabad Bar Council (IBC) and the Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) took a new turn after the IHCBA secretary filed a petition against the bar council’s proceedings initiated against him for alleged misconduct.

Justice Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday suspended the proceedings against IHCBA Secretary Waqas Malik and sought comments from the IBC. The council’s Chairman Qazi Rafiuddin Babar took cognizance against Mr Malik for using the suffix ‘general’ with his designation,

According to the bar council, it was a misconduct to use an “unauthorised” prefix and Malik can only use the title IHBCA secretary. It therefore initiated disciplinary proceedings against him.

The proceedings are unique as action has been taken for financial corruption and moral turpitude, but proceedings have never been initiated for using the word ‘general’ before the title of secretary before.

Mr Malik then filed a petition in the IHC in which he said his title is ‘secretary general’ IHBCA since he assumed the said office after winning the general elections. According to the petition, this title was mentioned on the honour boards, name plates, common stamp and on the correspondence. He said the IBC had in June this year written a letter to him while acknowledging the said title.

He alleges that the IBC vice chairman was not pleased with his victory in the elections to the bar association and said the vice chairman has “sarcastically initiated proceedings” against him for alleged misconduct.

The petitioner has alleged that the IBC chairman has a personal vendetta against him and requested the court to set aside the proceedings against him.

When asked, IBC Vice Chairman Qazi Rafiuddin Babar said he has no personal grudge against Mr Malik and that proceedings were initiated against him as he was not entitled to use the title of general secretary. He said this was a purely administrative matter.

courtesy : dawn news

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