Pakistan’s new president Arif Alvi sworn in

By Islamuddin Sajid

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AA) – Pakistan's newly elected President Arif Alvi has been sworn in as the 13th President of the country on Sunday.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar administered the oath at the President House in the capital Islamabad.

The ceremony was attended by outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Imran Khan, chiefs of army, navy and air force, provincial governors, chief ministers and other dignitaries.

Alvi, a close confidant of Prime Minister Imran Khan, had defeated main opposition candidate Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, and Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan of center-left Pakistan People’s Party in a one-sided contest on Sep 4.

He is among the founding members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI).

Alvi, a dentist by profession, was born in 1949 in the southeastern port city Karachi, two years after his family migrated to Pakistan following the end of British colonial rule.

In 2013, Alvi won the first National Assembly seat from Karachi, which he retained in the recent July 25 general election.

However, the prime minister nominated him as his party’s candidate for the office of the president.