Pakistan’s new president Dr Arif Alvi’s father Jawaharlal Nehru’s dentist. Pakistan’s newly elected president Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday, interesting connection with India as his father was a dentist to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Pakistan's new president Dr Arif Alvi's father Jawaharlal Nehru’s dentist
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Pakistan’s new president Dr Arif Alvi’s father Jawaharlal Nehru’s dentist

A short biography of Alvi posted on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) website reads: “He has been recognised as one of the leading dentists in Karachi. His father Dr Habib ur Rehman Elahi Alvi who practised dentistry in India migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and opened a dental practice in Saddar, Karachi.”

“Dr Elahi Alvi was a dentist to Jawaharlal Nehru and the family has letters from Nehru to Dr Alvi in their possession,” it added.

President Alvi, whose full name is Dr Arif ur Rehman Alvi, was born in Karachi in 1949 where his father settled after partition.

Alvi is the third Pakistani president whose family migrated to Pakistan from India after the 1947 partition. President Mamnoon Hussain’s family came from Agra while former president Pervez Musharraf’s parents immigrated from New Delhi.

Born in 1949 and a dentist by profession, Alvi is among the founding members of the PTI.

In 1997, Alvi was declared a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He was the primary author of the constitution of the Pakistan Dental Association and has been elected the President of the Pakistan Dental Association.

The new President is married with Samina Alvi and the couple have four children.


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