I will be President of entire Pakistan, says Dr. Arif Alvi


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate, Dr Arif Alvi, has been elected as the 13th President of Pakistan, according to unofficial results.
Arif Alvi secured 353 presidential votes, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman received 185 votes, while Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan received 124 votes.
A total of 424 votes were polled in the presidential election in the National Assembly and Senate. Dr Arif Alvi received 212 votes, while 131 votes were cast in favour Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the candidate backed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), while Aitzaz Ahsan obtained 81 votes.
100 votes were cast in favour of the PPP candidate at the Sindh Assembly, whereas 56 votes were polled to the PTI candidate. Six members of the opposition also voted for Ahsan. Maulana Fazlur Rehman got just one vote while one vote was rejected
In the Balochistan Assembly, Alvi secured 45 votes while Ahsan managed to secure 15 votes.
In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly where the PTI is in power, its candidate obtained 78 votes while Fazl got 26 votes and the PPP candidate received 5 votes. Two votes were rejected.
Alvi bagged 186 votes in the Punjab Assembly, Fazl 41 and Ahsan 6 votes. As many as 18 votes were rejected.
Alvi thanked PTI chairman Imran Khan for nominating him for the coveted post, and lauded the sacrifices of party workers and activists.
“I am grateful to Allah that the PTI-nominated candidate has been successful in the presidential race today,” Alvi said in his victory speech. “I am also thankful to Imran Khan for nominating me for such a huge responsibility.”
He said he was not the president of the PTI but all parties and the entire nation, and vowed to worked hard as per the law and the constitution.
He said there was a difference between security and protocol, and he will maintain protocol to a minimum. He hoped that the “fortunes of the poor” take a turn for the better, and they receive “food, shelter and clothing” and all children go to school.
He further said that he has struggled since the era of Ayub Khan, and will continue to work for the development and prosperity of the nation.
The polling began at the both house of Parliament and four provincial assemblies at 10am and continued without break till 4pm.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari are among those who cast their ballots in the presidential election at the National Assembly.
Two polling booths were set up in the National Assembly as Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza and Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Anwar Kasi discharged their responsibilities as returning officer and presiding officer for the presidential election, respectively.
The polling was also held at the Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan assemblies where the chief justices of the respective provinces have been appointed as presiding officers.
Strict security arrangements were placed at the National Assembly, the four provincial assemblies and the Senate for the occasion.
The president of Pakistan is elected in a secret ballot by the provincial and national assemblies. There are total 706 assembly members who will elect the president.
Dr Arif Alvi: 212 votes (NA and Senate) 45 (Balochistan Assembly), 41 (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly), 22 (Sindh Assembly).
Aitzaz Ahsan: 81 votes (NA and Senate) 39 (Sindh Assembly).
Fazlur Rehman: 131 (NA and Senate) 15 (Balochistan Assembly), 13 (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly).
Parliament: A total of 424 votes were cast in the National Assembly and Senate. Arif Alvi received 212 votes, Maulana Fazlur Rehman 131 votes and 81 votes for Aitzaz Ahsan.
Six votes polled in Parliament were rejected.
Punjab Assembly: In Punjab 351 out of 354 parliamentarians cast their vote.
Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Justice Yawar Ali presided over the polling process while election commissioner Punjab, Zafar Iqbal Hussain, performed duties as returning officer.
PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan was the first to cast his vote in the Punjab Assembly.
Sindh Assembly: 158 members of the Sindh Assembly cast their vote in the presidential election with five lawmakers abstaining. According to reports Aitzaz Ahsan received 100 votes and Arif Alvi 56 votes. Two votes were dismissed in the election.
According to the electoral system, Aitzaz received 39 votes and Alvi 22 votes.
Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh performed the duty of presiding officer.
KP Assembly: In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, 111 out of 112 lawmakers cast their vote in the election.
Arif Alvi received 78 votes, Fazlur Rehman 26 votes and Aitzaz Ahsan received 2 votes. Two votes of lawmakers were dismissed.
According to the electoral formula, Arif Alvi votes tally to 41 votes and 13 votes for Fazlur Rehman
Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth supervised the polling process in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.
Balochistan Assembly: Arif Alvi received 45 votes and Fazlur Rehman received 15 votes in the provincial assembly. One lawmaker did not cast his vote in the election.
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar acted as presiding officer.
It may be noted that Polling for the presidential election commenced at 10am and concluded at 4pm.
Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court presided over the election in the Parliament.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also cast his vote through secret ballot for the presidential election at 3:15pm.
Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza is the returning officer for the presidential election.
Following the completion of the polling process, presiding officers will announce details of total votes polled, while a final result of the election will be announced by the returning officer.
Meanwhile, with decisive majority, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf fielded candidate Dr. Arif ur Rehman Alvi has been elected as the 13th President of Pakistan.
Arif Alvi has received 320 electoral votes. PTI candidate Dr Arif Alvi has been declared victorious from Parliament, KP, Balochistan and Punjab Assemblies. Alvi bagged 45 votes in Balochistan, 41 votes in KP Assembly, 22 votes in Sindh Assembly, 33 from Punjab Assembly and received 212 votes from the National Assembly and the Senate, which brought him the triumph as the 13th elected President of Pakistan. He is expected to be sworn in as President of Pakistan on 9th September, 2018.
Here are few of the facts must know about the newly elected President of Pakistan:
– Dr. Arif Alvi is a dentist by profession, holds professional degrees from de Montmonrency College of Dentistry, an affiliate of University of Punjab, University of Michigan and University of the Pacific, San Francisco.
– Dr Arif Alvi is married with his wife Samina Alvi and they have four children, all married and settled with their families abroad. Dr Alvi’s family extends to the grandchildren.
– His political history is also dated back to his political affiliation from his student life in 60s. While studying at De’Montmorency College of Dentistry, he was an active member of the student unions. He was affiliated with the Islami Jamiat Talaba, a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI) and served as president of the student union and a student union leader was very active against the then military dictator and President General Ayub Khan.
– Dr. Arif Alvi is the pioneer among the party leaders infact one among the founding members of PTI who have joined PTI chairman Imran Khan’s in his early days of political struggles and remain adhere to the party.
– He is one among the few original authors of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party constitution.
– Dr. Alvi was part of the party’s central executive council for a year since 1996 after which he was designated the position of party’s president in Sindh in 1997.
– He had contested for Sindh Assembly seats in the general elections of 1997 and 2002, but remained unsuccessful. He was promoted to the post of vice president in 2001, following which he became the party’s secretary general in 2006, a post he worked for till 2013. Dr Alvi first entered into National Assembly after winning seat from NA-250 constituency of Karachi in the 2013 elections.
– In 2016, he was made President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf.
– In the general election 2018, he was elected to the National Assembly from Karachi’s NA-247 after bagging 91,020 votes.
– According to the party sources, Dr. Alvi was made a Trustee of the trust established by Shirinbai Jinnah (Quaid-e-Azam’s siter) to which she gift all her worldly belongings including the Mohatta Palace in Karachi. He is the Managing Trustee of the said Trust. He is also a trustee of many other charitable organisation and is involved in many philanthropic movements.
Besides PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri and others also greeted the newly elected President. – NNI