Imran Khan's close ally Arif Alvi sworn in as Pakistan President

Sep 10, 2018, 09:52 IST | Agencies

Arif Alvi was administered the oath of office as Pakistan's 13th President by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr

Imran Khan's close ally Arif Alvi sworn in as Pakistan President
Arif Alvi. Pic/AFP

Arif Alvi, a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan and one of the founding members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), was sworn in as Pakistan's new President on Sunday.

The 69-year-old dentist was administered the oath of office as Pakistan's 13th President by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House). Dr Alvi had defeated Pakistan People's Party candidate Aitzaz Ahsan and the Pakistan Muslim League-N nominee Maulana Fazlur Rehman in a three-way presidential contest.

Alvi belongs to Karachi and comes from a family that migrated to Pakistan after partition. Alvi contested his first election for the PTI in 1997 but lost. His affiliation with the party continued and he steadily rose in its ranks.

Alvi's India connect
He shares an interesting connection with India as his father Dr Habib ur Rehman Elahi Alvi was a dentist to India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, according to the PTI.

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