KARACHI: Imran Khan has been elected prime minister and the journey of change has begun, said president-elect Dr Arif Alvi.
Speaking to the media in Karachi on Sunday, he said the promises made by the PTI will be realized in Imran Khan’s speech tonight.
He said he is thankful to the PTI members, independents, MQM members, GDA, BAP, Akhtar Mengal and everyone who voted for Imran Khan in the prime minister’s election.
The road to change is open, he said, adding that the roadmap will be revealed today by the prime minister.
“I want to tell Pakistan’s people to stay with us, a big change is coming,” Dr Alvi said, explaining that the government will focus on the underprivileged, education, health, putting roofs over people’s heads and employment.
“I am thankful to Imran Khan and the PTI for nominating me as president. This is a big responsibility and god willing I will fulfill it,” he said. He expressed his hope that they are successful in helping Pakistan succeed.
He also expressed his hope that there is prosperity in all provinces, especially Balochistan, whose people believe they are sidelined. “I believe the time has come that no province in Pakistan should be sidelined and human rights in each province are safeguarded,” said Dr Alvi.
He said they want to work with the PPP in Sindh to make the province better. “Imran Khan has spoken about Karachi and Sindh before and he will talk about it again today,” said the president-elect, adding that they will not just focus on big cities like Karachi.
Garbage, water, transport, roads and electricity – these are all of our problems and we will solve them God willing, he said.
Dr Alvi is from Karachi and was elected from the city’s NA-247. He said Imran Khan was elected from Karachi’s votes, as was he. “We will make Karachi the city of lights again and we will resolve the issues of the rest of the province as well,” he promised.
When asked whether he will serve as president the way President Mamnoon Hussain has been serving, Dr Alvi said my relationship with the people will never die. “I need to fulfill my responsibilities as president and maintain my relationship with the people. I would be very sad if I am cut off from the people,” he said.
The president-elect said he hopes to continue living in the parliamentary lodges if he is allowed to. On a lighter note, when asked whether he would continue to work as a dentist and whether people would come to visit him for dental issues, Dr Alvi said he would like to continue making a living if he is able to do so.