Imran Khan nominates Arif Alvi for president

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Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry announced on Saturday that Arif Alvi (pictured) is the party’s presidential candidate.
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(Photo courtesy: Dr. Arif Alvi's Facebook account)
Updated 19 August 2018

Imran Khan nominates Arif Alvi for president

  • PM nominates dentist as his party’s presidential candidate
  • Presidential election will be held on September 4

ISLAMABAD: Arif Alvi, one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has been nominated as its presidential candidate, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry announced on Twitter on Saturday.

The 70-year-old Alvi is a dentist by profession. He began his political career as a polling agent but quickly assumed other responsibilities and has successfully fought general elections in the past.
In May 2013, he was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a PTI candidate from Karachi’s NA-250. In last month’s elections, he was re-elected to the country’s lower house of parliament from NA-247.
Alvi is generally viewed as a hardworking legislator, though he has been nominated for a post that is largely ceremonial. He is also counted among Imran Khan’s closest confidants and served as General Secretary of the PTI from 2006 to 2013.
Pakistan’s Election Commission has announced that the next presidential election will be held on September 4, just a few days before incumbent President Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year term comes to an end.

Hundreds of Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia return home on special flight

Updated 02 June 2020

Hundreds of Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia return home on special flight

  • This was the eighth PIA special flight to bring Pakistani nationals back from the Kingdom
  • Earlier, over 15,000 Pakistani Umrah pilgrims were brought home on special flights 

ISLAMABAD: A repatriation flight with 251 stranded Pakistanis on board departed for Karachi from Jeddah, the Consulate General of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia said in a statement on Sunday.
This was the eighth special flight of the national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), from Jeddah following the coronavirus related suspension of routine international flight operations in the Kingdom on March 15.
“Consul General Khalid Majid and Deputy Consul General Shaiq Ahmed Bhutto were present at Jeddah International Airport to bid farewell to the passengers,” the statement said.

“A total of around 1,700 Pakistanis have so far been repatriated from Jeddah region through seven special flights,” the statement added, and said similar special PIA flights were also being operated from Riyadh region.

Consul General Khalid Majid Bhutto bids farewell to Pakistani nationals departing from Jeddah on a special repatriation flight to Karachi on May 31, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Consulate General in Jeddah)

“Embassy of Pakistan at Riyadh and the Consulate General at Jeddah in close cooperation of PIA, are coordinating arrangements of these special flights in their respective jurisdictions.”

Saudi Arabia halted all international travel and suspended Umrah pilgrimage in response to the pandemic in March this year.

Over the months, Pakistan has brought back over 15,000 of its nationals who had gone to Saudi Arabia for Umrah but found themselves stranded amid coronavirus lockdowns in the Kingdom.