Voting started for presidential election
04 September, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Voting has started in the National Assembly, Senate, and Punjab and KPK assemblies as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Arif Alvi, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate and joint-opposition’s Fazlur Rehman contest for presidency.
The process of voting will continue till 4pm in the evening, while a total of 1,021 individuals are registered to vote.
PTI nominated Arif Alvi, who triumphed in general elections 2018 from NA-247, while PPP nominated Aitzaz Ahsan despite reservations of the opposition alliance – especially Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – which then chose to put forward the name of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman.
Media reports suggested that a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) delegation visited Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the candidate of all remaining opposition parties, and urged him to consider withdrawing his name.
The maulana apparently agreed on the condition that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership supported the move.
PTI’s Arif Alvi has a graduate degree in dentistry from the De’Montmorency College of Dentistry in Lahore. He started his political career during student years when he was a member of Jamaat Islami’s student wing Islami Jamiat Talaba. He remained with the JI before joining the PTI when it was launched in 1996-97.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman followed in his father Mufti Mahmood’s footsteps and got inducted into the party of Deobani religious scholars Jamiat Ulema Islam. He became the secretary general of the party following his father’s death. In the 1980s, a leadership row led to a split in the party and Rahman formed his own faction JUI-F. He has won several elections from his home seat in Dera Ismail Khan, facing his first defeat to a PTI candidate this July.
Aitzaz Ahsan has a law degree from the Downing College in Cambridge. In 1967, he was called to the bar at the Gray’s Inn. He has been a lifelong member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).