Arif Alvi

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Dr. Arif Alvi
(Urdu: عارف علوی‎)
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Member of the
National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
19 May 2013
Preceded by Khushbakht Shujaat
Constituency Constituency NA-250 Karachi
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf flag.PNG
Secretary General of
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
In office
2006 – 22 March 2013
President Javed Hashmi
Vice President Hamid Khan (lawyer)
Deputy Saifullah Khan Niazi
Appointed by Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Mr. Imran Khan
Succeeded by Parvez Khattak
Constituency Karachi
Personal details
Born (1949-08-29) 29 August 1949 (age 65)
Nationality Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf flag.PNG Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Spouse(s) Samina Alvi
Children Awab Alvi, Naima Alvi Bawany, Marhama Ali Shah, Radhia Alvi Sumar
Alma mater University of the Pacific MSc
University of Michigan MSc
University of the Punjab BDS
Occupation Dentist
Profession Prosthodontist Orthodontist
Religion Muslim

Arif Alvi (عارف علوی) (b. 29 August 1949, Karachi) is a Pakistani politician, dentist and a parliamentarian. Dr. Arif Alvi is the founding member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and was the Secretary-General of the party from 2006 till 22 March 2013 where then succeeded by Parvez Khattak. Dr. Arif Alvi had previously contested the 1997 general elections as a provincial assembly candidate and later again in the 2002 general elections as a National Assembly candidate. In 2013 he won as a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from Constituency NA-250 Karachi defeating MQM's candidate Khushbakht Shujaat with 76,305 votes. He has been the original author of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party constitution and is known to write occasionally on a blog titled Teeth Maestro.[1][2]


Dr Arif Alvi is a dentist by profession and has been recognised as one of the leading dentists in Karachi. His father Dr. Habib ur Rehman Elahi Alvi and his grandfather practised dentistry initially in India and then later migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and opened a dental practice in Saddar, Karachi. Dr. Arif Alvi was the first one to acquire a formal dental degree, with BDS (Dentistry) from de'Montmonrency College of Dentistry an affiliate of University of Punjab. He then received a Master of Science degree in Prosthodontics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1975 and later went to University of the Pacific, San Francisco, completing a Master of Science in Orthodontics in 1984. Dr. Alvi is now in full-time dental practice at his Alvi Dental Hospital[3] based in Sindhi Muslim Society, Karachi. In 1997 Dr. Arif Alvi was declared a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics[4][5]

Political history[edit]

Arif Alvi started out his political career serving as the president of the student union at the de'Montmonrency College of Dentistry in Lahore, Pakistan. In 1969, Dr. Alvi was active in the student movement during General Ayub Khan era and fought for democracy in Pakistan. During one of the protests on The Mall Road, Lahore he was shot and wounded and still proudly carries a bullet embedded in his left arm as a mark of his struggle for democracy in Pakistan. He was the Jamaat-e-Islami candidate for PS in 1979. However, elections were not held.[6] Dr. Alvi was one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 1996. He has been serving in the CEC since 1996. He was appointed the President of PTI Sindh Chapter in 1997. In 2001, he was promoted to Vice-President of PTI. In 2006, Dr. Arif Alvi became the Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf until 2013 when he was replaced by Parvez Khattak. Dr. Arif Alvi contested as a Sindh Provincial Assembly candidate from Defence / Clifton area in 1997 and later in 2002 as an National Assembly candidate from the Baldia, Karachi area, in both these elections he lost in the general elections.

Finally after a political struggle of 17 years he won the National Assembly seat from NA-250 Karachi[7] in the general elections held in 2013. The elections were initially held on 11 May but was plagued by election irregularities and the Election Commission of Pakistan decided to re-poll 42 polling stations out of a total of 186 polling stations, on the 19th May securing 17,489 votes which were tallied with votes held on 11 May, Dr. Arif was declared victorious with 76,305 votes combined from voting held on both dates.[8]

Dental Services[edit]

Dr. Arif Alvi has been the President of the Pakistan Dental Association. He was Chairman of the first Pakistan International Dental Conference in 1981. In 1987 too he was Chairman of the Third Pakistan International Dental Conference which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Junejo. He was the Patron of the Fifth Pakistan International Dental Conference inaugurated by the President of Pakistan, and then the Chairman of the 28th Asia Pacific Dental Congress.[9] Dr. Arif Alvi has been awarded the Fellowships of: International College of Dentists, The American College of Dentists and The Pierre Fauchard Academy in recognition of his outstanding academic, clinical and professional achievements. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Orthodontics of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.

Dr. Alvi has been practising dentistry since 1972 with numerous international achievements in the field of dentistry. In 2006 he was elected as the President of Asia Pacific Dental Federation.[10] In 2007 he was elected as a councillor[11] in the FDI World Dental Federation, the first time a Pakistani who has represented Pakistan in this arena


  1. ^ "Teeth Maestro". 
  2. ^ Arif Alvi on blog
  3. ^ "Alvi Dental Hospital". 
  4. ^ "Dr. Arif Alvi". The American Board of Orthodontics. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Education of Dr. Arif Alvi
  6. ^ Arif Alvi's relation with Jamaat-e-Islami
  7. ^ "Profile – Dr Arif Alvi MNA (NA-250)". Government of Pakistan. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 Election Results for NA-250". 19 May 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ "28th Asia Pacific Dental Congress, Karachi, Pakistan". Pakistan Dental Association. Retrieved 18 June 2006. 
  10. ^ "Asia Pacific Dental Federation". Asia Pacific Dental Federation. 
  11. ^ "FDI World Dental Federation". FDI World Dental Federation. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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