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POST TIME: 5 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
PTI’s Arif Alvi elected Pak president
Dawn from Islamabad

PTI’s Arif Alvi elected Pak president

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