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    PTI's Arif Alvi becomes the President of Pakistan

    Congratulations and I'm sure he will play a big part in realizing Imran Khan's vision for Pakistan.

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    Another victory for PTI.

    Fazlu flopped epically.

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    PTI's Dr Arif Alvi elected 13th President of Pakistan: unofficial results

    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) Dr Arifur Rehman Alvi has been elected the 13th President of Pakistan, according to provisional results.

    The counting of the votes is under way, and while the Election Commission of Pakistan is scheduled to announce official results tomorrow, provisional results have started pouring in.

    Alvi, according to unofficial results, has edged out PML-N backed chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Fazlur Rehman; and senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan in the presidential race by garnering the most number of votes in at least four of the six leading parliamentary bodies in the country.

    "I am grateful to God 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 big responsibility."

    In his impending five-year term, Alvi said he hopes that the "fortunes of the poor" take a turn for the better, and that they get "food, shelter and clothing".

    Alvi said that "from today I am not just president that was nominated by the PTI but I am the president of the entire nation and all parties. Each party has an equal right on me".

    Of the 430 votes cast in the National Assembly and Senate, PTI's Alvi received 212 votes, JUI-F's Rehman bagged 131 and PPP's Ahsan garnered 81; six votes were rejected.

    Of the 61 Balochistan Assembly members, 60 cast their votes, with former CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri the sole absentee. According to provisional results reported by DawnNewsTV, PTI's Alvi secured 45 of the 60 votes cast by the province's newly elected lawmakers.

    In Sindh Assembly, PPP's Ahsan garnered 100 votes, Dr Alvi bagged 56, whereas just a solitary vote was cast in the favour of JUI's Rehman; one vote was wasted.

    In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Dr Alvi received 78 of the total 109 votes, while Rehman and Ahsan had 26 and five votes respectively to their names.

    In Punjab Assembly, Dr Alvi secured 186 votes, whereas Rehman and Ahsan received 141 and 6 votes respectively; 18 votes were rejected.

    A joint sitting of the Senate and the newly elected national and provincial assemblies — together known as the electoral college of Pakistan — was called to elect the country's 13th president.

    The voting started at around 10am and ended at 4pm. The NA and Senate members voted inside the National Assembly hall, whereas the MPAs did the same in their respective provincial assemblies.

    With an hour left in the 4pm voting deadline, Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at the Parliament House and cast his vote.

    Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at the Parliament House to cast his vote
    The Election Commission of Pakistan had barred the members from carrying mobile phones with them at the time of voting.

    Personnel of Rangers and FC were deployed around the Parliament House and the buildings of the provincial assemblies, which were declared as polling stations.

    With the Constitution requiring the presidential election to be held at least a month prior to the outgoing president's final day in the office, the exercise that took place today should have instead been held by August 9, as incumbent President Mamnoon Hussain's term will expire on September 9.

    However, since the electoral college was not complete by the Constitutionally set deadline, the presidential election was subjected to delay.

    Lawmakers cast their votes at the National Assembly. — DawnNewsTV
    The exercise held today marked the end of a lengthy poll season that began with the July 25 general elections and was followed by various speaker, deputy speaker, prime and chief ministerial ballots.

    The newly elected president will take oath of the office on September 9 after the expiry of the five-year term of incumbent president Hussain.

    'No complaints'
    While arriving at the parliament for the election, Dr Alvi told reporters that members of all political parties should "vote for the best candidate according to their conscience".

    He said he expects to win a "clear majority" from all legislatures.

    PPP candidate Aitzaz Ahsan arrives at parliament in Islamabad. — AP
    PPP's Ahsan, who spoke to media representatives after visiting the parliament, said votes were being cast efficiently and the process was properly moving forward.

    He said the matter of significance was not who from among the three candidates is elected president, but that a new head of state is going to be elected "through the democratic process".

    Ahsan said he had no complaints about the election process and that he would congratulate whoever emerges as the winner.

    'PPP stabbed joint opposition in the back'
    Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the JUI-F said it will remain an "example in history" that the PPP "stabbed the joint opposition in the back" by refusing to accept Rehman as the opposition parties' nominee.

    JUI's Haideri launches scathing criticism of PPP
    He said he believed that "apparently", the establishment's favourite party has come to power in the centre.

    "The second party [backed by] the establishment has emerged in the form of PPP as an apparent part of the opposition," he alleged.

    Tussle over opposition candidate
    After the Election Commission of Pakistan set September 4 as the day of the 2018 presidential elections, four candidates were nominated and had subsequently filed their papers.

    While the PTI and its allies have seen their candidates stave off any upsets in all the post-general election polls this summer, its presidential candidate, the PM-nominated Dr Arif Alvi, could have had a tougher task since the PTI does not have a majority in the Senate, whose members are also going to vote today.

    Moreover, the presidential election is held via a secret ballot, which keeps the door open for horse-trading.

    However, Dr Alvi's presidency bid was given a huge boost due to disagreements within the opposition camp.

    The PPP claims it's "suggestion" to nominate Aitzaz Ahsan as the opposition's candidate was misconstrued as a finalised nomination, which did not sit well with the PML-N as Ahsan had been a front line critic of its leadership in the past.

    The episode reopened old wounds, and despite efforts to reconcile, a middle ground was not to be reached. PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari did not budge and stuck with his nomination of Ahsan. Meanwhile, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who had been given the task to mediate between the two parties, ended up garnering the joint opposition's support for himself; he was nominated by PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif.

    A fourth candidate, PML-N's Ameer Muqam had also filed his nominated papers but withdrew from the race at the eleventh hour, possibly in Rehman's favour.

    How is the president of Pakistan elected?
    As mentioned above, the electoral college of Pakistan comprises six leading elected bodies of Pakistan: the Senate, the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies.

    Of the sextet, the Senate and the NA's members are given one vote each. However, the four provincial assemblies are assigned an equal weight with the smallest of them all — the Balochistan Assembly — serving as the base.

    The Balochistan Assembly has 65 members while the strength of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly is almost double this number, i.e. 124; so the vote of a member of the KP assembly has half the value of the vote of a member of the Balochistan Assembly.

    According to the rules, the votes polled by a candidate in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies are multiplied by 65 and divided by the total strength of that house, i.e. 371, 168 and 124 respectively. The values obtained are then rounded off.

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    Thank you PPP!


    Misbah, Wahab, Junaid, Root, Williamson fan.
    T20 isn't Cricket

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    Even combined votes of both opposition candidates were lesser than Alvi's


    #Hum apko container deingaye dharnay ke liyay

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSchultz View Post
    Thank you PPP!
    Wouldn't have mattered. Going by the electoral college method, Dr Alvi still got more than enough that had both pmln/ppp combined, he'd have still won at a canter.

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    Everything is under you PTI, time to hunt for the skeletons of PPP, PMLN and JUIF. Crush them, every looter should be behind the bars no compromise. No double standards, I trust Imran khan to punish his own people as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreakCricket View Post
    Everything is under you PTI, time to hunt for the skeletons of PPP, PMLN and JUIF. Crush them, every looter should be behind the bars no compromise. No double standards, I trust Imran khan to punish his own people as well!
    Well said. Came here to say this!

    Let these thieves' and murderers' wailing begin.

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    What exactly is the role of the President in Pakistan? I would love a brief summary!

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    So PTI has clean bowled everyone Will they be going after Zardari now?


    PP's own self proclaimed sharpshooter and defender of Islam and Pakistan.

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    Dr Arif Alvi was sworn in as the 13th President of Pakistan at a ceremony at Aiwan-i-Sadr in Islamabad on Sunday, a day after outgoing president Mamnoon Hussain's five-year term ended.

    The ceremony, which began after 1pm, commenced with the playing of the national anthem, followed by a recitation from the Holy Quran.

    Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar administered oath to Alvi, a senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-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.

    President Arif Alvi and CJP Mian Saqib Nisar seated after the oath-taking ceremony at President House. ─ DawnNewsTV
    Top civil and military leadership, including members of the federal cabinet, the three services chiefs, parliamentarians, justices of the Supreme Court, diplomats and other well-known personalities and foreign officials were in attendance at the ceremony.

    Among them were Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of Naval Staff Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Hayat.

    L-R: Outgoing president Mamnoon Hussain, President-elect Arif Alvi, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and Prime Minister Imran Khan minutes before the oath-taking. ─ DawnNewsTV
    A beaming Alvi clad in a black sherwani walked into the ceremony hall accompanied by CJP Nisar. Prime Minister Imran Khan and outgoing president Mamnoon Hussain flanked Alvi and Justice Nisar at the dais as the oath was administered.

    After Alvi took oath, the national anthem was played a second time. It was then directed that Alvi's swearing in as president be notified in the Gazette.

    Later in the day, the Cabinet Secretariat issued the Gazette notification saying that Alvi had "assumed the office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan" on Sept 9.

    In the evening, after the swearing-in ceremony concluded, Alvi was presented a guard of honour by contingents from Pakistan's armed forces.

    Who is Arif Alvi?
    Dr Alvi’s career in politics spans over five decades and began with his role in student politics as a president of the student union at de’Montmorency College of Dentistry in Lahore.

    Alvi was part of the student movement of 1969 during Gen Ayub Khan’s military regime and, as his party men say, was among those who fought for democracy in the country.

    For the first time, Arif Alvi emerged as an election candidate in 1977 when he secured a Pakistan National Alliance ticket for a Sindh Assembly seat for Karachi. However, he did not take part in the elections as they were boycotted by the opposition parties.

    Born in 1949 and a dentist by profession, Dr Alvi was among more than 100 candidates who were fielded by the PTI in the 1997 elections. All the aspirants, including Imran Khan, lost, most of them to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

    Dr Alvi ran in the 1997 elections from, now erstwhile, PS-114 (Clifton Karachi) but could secure only 2,000 plus votes. He contested from another constituency — PS-90 (Karachi West) — in the 2002 elections but received fewer votes (1,276) than his previous tally.

    For a long time, Dr Alvi has remained the only known face of the party in Sindh as he dedicated his time, house and money for the party.

    According to the PTI’s official website, he is one of its founding members and was the party’s secretary general from 2006 till 2013.

    For the first time, he was elected a member of the National Assembly from the erstwhile Clifton constituency NA-250 (now NA-247) in the 2013 polls, which was the only NA seat won by the party in Sindh.

    He was re-elected to the National Assembly from the same Clifton constituency now called NA-247 (Karachi South-II) in the July 25 general election.

    Alvi, who was up against PPP's Aitzaz Ahsan and JUI-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.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1431893/ar...nt-of-pakistan


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