PESHAWAR: Newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday nominated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader from Karachi Dr Arif Alvi as nominee for the post of President of Pakistan.

The PTI media cell said in a statement that the party chief has given his assent for Dr Arif Alvi to contest the President’s election.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has already announced schedule for the election of the next president on September 4.

The five-year tenure of President Mamnoon Hussain will end next month.

Media reports said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has decided to nominate Aitzaz Ahsan as candidate for the post of President of Pakistan.

Political observers say it would be a smooth sailing for the PTI in the presidential election if the main opposition parties failed to bring a joint candidate.

Meanwhile, senior bureaucrat Muhammad Azam Khan was appointed secretary of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Azam Khan, a grade 21 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, was serving in the Ministry of State and Frontier Regions as Additional Secretary. The Establishment Division has issued a notification of Azam Khan’s appointment.

Azam Khan has earlier served in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as chief secretary under Pervez Khattak.