Islamabad, Sep 4: Arif Alvi, presidential nominee of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is elected as the 13th president of Pakistan, media reports say on Tuesday. Arif Alvi defeated PML-N backed chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Fazlur Rehman, and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan in the presidential election.
Of the 430 votes cast via a secret ballot in the National Assembly and Senate, Alvi received 212 votes, Rehman bagged 131 and Ahsan garnered 81; six votes were rejected, DawnNews reported, citing unofficial results. The 69-year-old former dentist received 45 of the 60 votes cast by the Balochistan’s newly elected lawmakers, it said.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Alvi received 78 of the total 109 votes, while Rehman and Ahsan got 26 and five votes respectively. In Punjab Assembly, Alvi secured 186 votes, whereas Rehman and Ahsan received 141 and 6 votes respectively; 18 votes were rejected. In the PPP-dominated Sindh Assembly, Ahsan got 100 votes, while Alvi bagged 56.
When our world was younger! Congratulations to Dr Alvi on being elected President. pic.twitter.com/C2HIueGRjc
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 4, 2018
After his victory, Alvi thanked Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister, Imran Khan. Alvi said that “from today I am not just president that was nominated by the PTI but I am the president of the entire nation and all parties. Each party has an equal right on me”. Alvi will take oath of the office on September 9. Outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain’s tenure ends on September 8.
Alvi is one of the founding members of PTI. He served as the party’s secretary general from 2006 to 2013. He won the National Assembly elections from NA-247 (Karachi) during the July 25 polls. He was also elected member of the National Assembly in the 2013 general election. (With PTI inputs)