President Dr Arif Alvi has summoned the joint session of the parliament on Thursday at 4pm.

He will address the session, marking the advent of new parliamentary year.

Alvi, a longtime ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan and one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, was sworn-in as the 13th president Sunday.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar administered the oath to the newly-elected president.

Alvi swore to “bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan” and to carry out his duties “in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Pakistan”.

Prominent political leaders and other key dignitaries including PM Imran Khan and chiefs of all three armed forces were also present on the occasion. Alvi alsoreceived a welcoming guard of honour at an impressive ceremony held at the President’s House

Arif Alvi won the presidential election last week by securing 352 votes in the electoral college of national and provincial assemblies and the Senate.