ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani president expressed his regret for choosing the house of the governor of Sindh for the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Alvi Dental and a company based in the United States.
Dr Awab Alvi signed the agreement with Dr Anas Athar of Bringing Smiles USA in the official building while President Dr Arif Alvi was also present on the occasion. The event drew criticism from the PML-N, PPP and social media users, who called out President Alvi for using the governor’s house for his “family business.”
Following criticism, the president on Tuesday admitted the error on Twitter where he wrote: “For the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between @DrAwab and his friend in my presence, the choice of location was a matter of bad judgment “.
For the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between @DrAwab and his friend in my presence, the choice of location was a matter of bad judgment.
– Dr Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) November 30, 2021
At first, the president congratulated his son on the business. “I wish you success in this collaboration with your friends who also attract foreign investment,” he wrote on Twitter in response to his son’s tweet.
A photo from the ceremony shared by Awab also showed the president and his wife Samina Alvi witnessing the signing of the memorandum of understanding.
Congratulations @DrAwab I wish you success in this collaboration with your friends who also attract foreign investment. https://t.co/yv4sgo2MYs
– Dr Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) November 29, 2021
After PML-N leaders criticized the president, Dr Awab Alvi came forward to defend his father on Twitter.
Dr Awab said President Alvi resigned from Alvi Dental when he took office. âThis business is between me and my dentist-former friend of the Pakistani diaspora,â he said.
“The president encourages all startups much smaller than ours and officially welcomed a dentistry startup to the presidency last year. [year],” he added.
“His love for dentistry will not end, whether it be the presidential office’s toothbrushing instructions or his efforts for world-class dental care in Pakistan,” he said.
Awab added that the origin location of the event was Alvi Dental. “But to avoid the inconvenience due to the security of the APS school right next to us, that has been changed,” he explained.
.. The place initially chosen was Alvi Dental but to avoid inconvenience due to the security of the APS school right next to us it has been changed. Looking back we could have avoided it But any restoration that was done was paid for by me personally
– Awab Alvi (@DrAwab) November 30, 2021
âIn hindsight, we could have avoided it, but any restoration done was paid for by me personally,â he concluded.