ISLAMABAD: Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday took oath as the 13th President of Pakistan at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, a day after outgoing president Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year term ended.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar administered the oath at the ceremony to Alvi, a senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, who was elected to the National Assembly from Karachi’s NA-247 constituency during the July 25 polls.
As per the 1973 Constitution, Alvi’s election to the NA seat will stand null and void once he takes oath as President of Pakistan, since an elected member of Parliament cannot hold the office of head of state.
The ceremony was attended by top civil-military brass, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Hayat among others.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Finance Minister Asad Umer, Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed were also present during the event.
Saudi, Chinese diplomats also attended the presidential oath.
GUARD OF HONOUR:
President Dr Arif Alvi received a welcoming guard of honour at an impressive ceremony held at the President’s House in Islamabad Sunday. A smartly turned out contingent comprising all three forces presented Alvi the guard of honour. Later, he was introduced to the staff of the President’s House.
Alvi is succeeding Mamnoon Hussain, who took oath as 12th head of state on September 9, 2013 after his election as a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
The Cabinet Secretariat issued a notification to be published in the Gazette of Pakistan saying that Alvi had “assumed the office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan” on September 9.
Alvi, who was up against Pakistan People’s Party’s Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami-F’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman for the post of president last week, won the election with at least 352 electoral votes ─ 44 more than his two rivals could collectively obtain. Fazl and Ahsan clinched 185 and 124 votes respectively.