Pakistan’s new President Arif Alvi is the son of Jawaharlal Nehru’s dentist. Alvi’s short biography on his website reveals this interesting relation of the newly elected President with India. Alvi is a leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and a close-knit of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was elected Pakistan’s new President on Tuesday by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
Alvi becomes Pakistan’s 13th President and was contesting along with two other candidates. He defeated Pakistan Peoples Party candidate Aitzaz Ahsan and the Pakistan Muslim League-N nominee Maulana Fazl ur Rehman. The 69-year-old Alvi’s ancestors migrated from Agra to Pakistan after the partition in 1947. Before partition, his father Dr Habib ur Rehman Elahi Alvi served Jawaharlal Nehru as his dentist.
“Dr Elahi Alvi was a dentist to Jawaharlal Nehru and the family has letters from Mr Nehru to Dr Alvi in their possession,” according to the website.
Alvi got 212 votes out of total 430 votes casted via a secret ballot in the National Assembly and Senate, Rehman received 131 votes and Ahsan obtained 81 votes. Six votes were rejected according to a report in Dawn News.
Alvi was born in Karachi in 1947 after his family had migrated to Pakistan and was named Ari fur Rehman Alvi. After growing up, he inherited his father’s profession and became a dentist. Later he joined politics and became one of the founding members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. He also has a contribution in writing the Constitution of the new party.