PTI nominates Arif Alvi as Pakistan presidential candidate, Shah as FM

Arif Alvi
Pakistani President Arif Alvi

Islamabad, Aug 19 : Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also chairman of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party(PTI), has on Saturday announced to nominate Arif Alvi as the party’s candidate for the office of the President of the country, Information Minister-designate Fawad Chaudhry said.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi is Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister

Shah Mahmood Qureshi was appointed as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister as Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a 20-member cabinet, Information Minister-designate Fawad Chaudhry said.

The ministers will take oath on Monday morning, he said on his official Twitter account.

Pakistan will hold presidential elections on September 4 to elect President Mamnoon Hussain’s successor at the end of his five-year-tenure. Hussain was the nominee of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan’s President is elected by the members of the National Assembly or the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament, senate and the four provincial assemblies.

Arif Alvi, a senior politician and currently the member of the National Assembly or lower house of the parliament, is considered as the close confidant of Imran Khan.

He is a founding member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and was the Secretary-General of the party from 2006 till 2013.

Qureshi, who is a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, served as Foreign Minister from March 2008 to February 2011 when the Pakistan Peoples Party was ruling the country.The Prime Minister also appointed five advisers, he said.

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