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Pakistan swears in Alvi as 13th president
September 10, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Dr Arif Alvi, a leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), was sworn in as the 13th President of Pakistan at a ceremony on Sunday, a day after his outgoing successor Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year term ended.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar administered oath to Alvi, who was elected to the National Assembly from Karachi’s NA-247 constituency in the July 25 parliamentary polls.

Even otherwise, Alvi’s election to the National Assembly seat stood null and void after he took oath as President of Pakistan, since an elected member of Parliament cannot hold the office of head of state.

Top civil and military leadership, including members of the federal cabinet, the three services chiefs, MPs, judges of the Supreme Court, diplomats and other well-known personalities and foreign officials were in attendance at the ceremony.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and outgoing president Mamnoon Hussain flanked Alvi.

The visiting Chinese foreign minister and Saudi information ministers also attended the ceremony.

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