Dr Arif Alvi elected Pakistan’s 13th president

Dr Arif Alvi elected Pakistan’s 13th president
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Srinagar: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday was elected as the 13th president of Pakistan after winning from Parliament, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab assemblies, Pak media reports said.

Earlier, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) set up polling stations at the Parliament House and four provincial assemblies for the polling.

The polling began at 10 am and will continue until 4 pm. Members of the NA and Senate began the polling as NA Speaker Asad Qaiser cast his vote. The parliamentarians cast their votes through secret ballots and in alphabetical order. So far about 180 votes have been cast in the joint polling session.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also came to cast his vote and left the Parliament house shortly after doing so.

The candidates who were in fray include the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Arif Alvi, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had named Aitzaz Ahsan as its presidential candidate.

The third contender, Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, was the joint candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party.

According to the latest results, PTI’s Arif Alvi won from Balochistan Assembly after getting 45 votes. Opposition’s joint candidate Maulana Fazlur Rehman got 15 votes and PPP’s Aitzaz Ahsan did not get any vote.

Alvi also emerged victorious from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly after getting 78 votes, while Fazlur Rehman got 13 and Aitzaz Ahsan got 2 votes. Two votes in KP Assembly were rejected as out of 112 members, 111 cast their votes.

In Sindh Assembly, Aitzaz Ahsan won after getting 100 votes. Fazlur Rehman got one vote, while Alvi got 56 votes.

Arif Alvi also won in  Parliament after getting 212 votes, whereas Aitzaz Ahsan got 81 and Fazlur Rehman recieved 131 votes.

Ahsan and Fazl could not cast votes for themselves as the PPP leader is not a member of the Senate while the JUI-F chief is neither an MNA nor an MPA. Alvi was the only presidential candidate who could cast vote for himself.