ISLAMABAD - President Arif Alvi has responded over the severe criticism over the heavy protocol accompanying him on his way to his residence in Karachi last night.
After assuming office, the President made his first official visit to the port city.
Instead of travelling from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), he preferred a private flight for his journey. He was taken to his residence in Muhammad Ali society from the airport’s VIP lounge.
Despite refusing to accept protocol, his caravan included at least 42 vehicles. Shahrah-e-Faisal and other adjacent roads were closed for traffic and were opened after the president has passed from the area.
This raised many eyebrows as the ruling party and his elected members in government have always spoken against the VIP protocol. However; the president took to twitter to clear the air over the 42-vehicle protocol and stressed that more efforts have to be made to avoid such situation.
He also responded to a query pertaining to police mobiles outside his house 24/7.
One of the person suggested that the long protocol also included the vehicles accompanying Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Governor Imran Ismail and other PTI MNAs and MPAs who were present at the airport for the President’s welcome.