Arif Alvi elected as 13th President of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Dr. Arif Alvi the candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been elected as the 13th President of Pakistan.

Arif Alvi was contesting against joint opposition candidate JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP candidate Aitzaz Ahsan.

Arif Alvi has received 353 electoral votes, Fazlur Rehman 185 and Aitzaz Ahsan 124 votes.

A total of 424 votes were cast in the National Assembly and Senate. Arif Alvi received 212 votes, Maulana Fazlur Rehman 131 votes and 81 votes for Aitzaz Ahsan.

Six votes polled in Parliament were rejected.

In Punjab 351 out of 354 parliamentarians cast their vote. PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan was the first to cast his vote in the Punjab Assembly.

158 members of the Sindh Assembly cast their vote in the presidential election with five lawmakers abstaining. According to reports Aitzaz Ahsan received 100 votes and Arif Alvi 56 votes. Two votes were dismissed in the election.

According to the electoral system, Aitzaz received 39 votes and Alvi 22 votes.

Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh performed the duty of presiding officer.

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, 111 out of 112 lawmakers cast their vote in the election.

Arif Alvi received 78 votes, Fazlur Rehman 26 votes and Aitzaz Ahsan received 2 votes. Two votes of lawmakers were dismissed.

According to the electoral formula, Arif Alvi votes tally to 41 votes and 13 votes for Fazlur Rehman

Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth supervised the polling process in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

Arif Alvi received 45 votes and Fazlur Rehman received 15 votes in the provincial assembly. One lawmaker did not cast his vote in the election.

Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar acted as presiding officer.

Polling for the presidential election commenced at 10am and concluded at 4pm.

Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court presided over the election in the Parliament.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also cast his vote through secret ballot for the presidential election at 3:15pm.

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and PPP leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were among lawmakers who cast their votes.

Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza is the returning officer for the presidential election.

Following the completion of the polling process, presiding officers will announce details of total votes polled, while a final result of the election will be announced by the returning officer.

Haqqani network founder dead

The founder of the Haqqani network, Jalaluddin Haqqani, is dead, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced.

Haqqani, who had fought with Soviet troops, was reportedly ill for a long period of time.

He was a member of Quetta Shura, a terrorist organization comprising Afghan Taliban leaders, who are believed to be based in Balochistan, according to US media reports.

Mujahid further said that Haqqani was an instrumental figure in keeping the Taliban together after the death of former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Haqqani was closely tied to al Qaeda leaders and had played a key role in supporting the terror group in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Haqqani is the father of Taliban deputy emir and military commander Sirajuddin Haqqani.

State media to pay tributes to martyrs on Defence, Martyrs Day

ISLAMABAD: State-media has chalked out elaborate programmes to pay tributes to martyrs as part of the observance of Defence and Martyrs Day.

Teams of Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs Channel have conducted interviews of families and relatives of martyrs from different parts of the country.

These martyrs laid down their lives for the cause of defense and security of the motherland.

These interviews would be broadcast in different programmes of News and Current Affairs Channel as well as news bulletins including Radio Khabarnama from Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood  Qureshi affirms Pakistan’s full moral, diplomatic & political support to people of occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has affirmed Pakistan’s full moral, diplomatic and political support to the people of occupied Kashmir in their legitimate struggle to attain their inalienable right to self-determination.

He was talking to AJK President Sardar Masood Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Sardar Masood briefed him about the human rights situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Foreign Minister welcomed the recommendation of United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights report to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the gross and systematic human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

Govt to introduce new local bodies system in three months: Chaudhry Fawad Hussain

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain says Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government would introduce a new local bodies system in the country within three months, state media reported on Tuesday.

In an interview, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan will present a draft of new local bodies system on Sunday aimed at changing district and tehsil level system to facilitate the people.

The minister said negotiations with opposition regarding new local bodies bill are underway and the government would try to convince PPP and PML-N to support that bill.

He said local bodies representatives would utilize development funds on the welfare of people of their areas to provide them relief.