ISLAMABAD: President-elect Dr Arif Alvi took oath as the 13th head of state on Sunday.
He was administered the oath by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar at a ceremony held at President House.
Alvi, who was clad in black sherwani, followed the chief justice as the latter read out the oath.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa were among the guests who attended the oath-taking ceremony.
Outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain was also present on the occasion.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also attended the ceremony.
The Saudi information minister, Awwad Bin Saleh Al Awwad, who is in Islamabad on an official visit, was also in attendance.
Alvi replaced Mamnoon Hussain who relinquished his charge on completion of his five-year presidential term on Saturday.
Mamnoon Hussain, who assumed the office of the top constitutional post on Sept 09, 2013, stayed in the Presidency for a constitutional period of five years. He was presented a farewell guard of honour by a contingent of the armed forces at the President House as he officially left the Presidency yesterday.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate Dr Arif Alvi won the presidential election held on Sep 4 with 352 votes, followed by PML-N backed candidate Maulana Fazlur Rehman who managed to secure 184, while Aitzaz Ahsan of the PPP bagged 124 votes.
A total of 1, 110 members of both the houses of Parliament and four provincial assemblies cast their ballots in the presidential election. As many as 28 votes were rejected for some reasons as 1, 082 votes were declared valid.
After being elected as president of the country, Mr Alvi stepped down from his seat in the National Assembly.
He had won the constituency NA-247 (Karachi, South-II) in the July 25 elections with 91,020 votes defeating Syed Ali Zaman Jafferi of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan who could garner only 24,680 votes.
Born in 1949 and a dentist by profession, Dr Arif Alvi is among the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
Alvi acquired his dental degree BDS (Dentistry) from de’Montmonrency College of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Punjab University. He received Master of Science degree in Prosthodontics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1975. At University of the Pacific, San Francisco, he completed a Master of Science in Orthodontics in 1984.
Alvi ran for the seat of Provincial Assembly of Sindh as a candidate of PTI from constituency PS-114 (Karachi) in Pakistani general election, 1997, but remained unsuccessful. He again ran for the provincial assembly seat in 2002 elections on PTI ticket from PS-90 (Karachi-II) but was unsuccessful and secured only 1,276 votes. He served as PTI secretary general from 2006 to 2013.
He was elected as member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in general election 2013 on PTI ticket from NA-250. Alvi was the only PTI member to win a National Assembly seat from Sindh in 2013 elections. In 2016, he was made president of PTI Sindh chapter.
Alvi was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from constituency NA-247 (Karachi South-II) in general election 2018.
He also participated in elections from the platform of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1979 but lost. Later he became disillusioned with the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and joined PTI as its founding member in 1996. He also helped in writing the Constitution of the new party.