Dr. Arif Alvi (b.29 August 1949). is a Pakistani politician and a dentist. Alvi a founding member and was the Secretary-General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from 2006 till 22nd March 2013 when he was defeated by Parvez Khattak during the Intra Party election. Dr. Alvi has contested and has not been successful in both the 1997 elections and the 2002 elections for National Assembly. He was also one of the few people who helped write the party constitution of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He writes occasionally on a blog which is authored by Dr. Awab Alvi at Teeth Maestro's Blog.
Dr. Alvi is a well known dentist. Both his father (Elahi Alvi) and grandfather practiced dentistry, with no formal education. University of Punjab. He got 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 for degree in Master of Science in Orthodontics in 1984. Dr. Alvi is now in full time dental practice at his Alvi Dental Hospital based in Sindhi Muslim Society, Karachi.
Dr. Alvi was the first one in the family to acquire formal degree, BDS (Dentistry) from the
Dr. PS in 1979. However, elections were not held. 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 Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Dr. Alvi has contested and has not been successful in both the 1997 elections and the 2002 elections for MNA. "The reasons for forming a new progressive party was the utter lack of honest leadership around, absence of vision and honest political will everywhere prompted us to establish a new party" he says.
Alvi started out his political career serving as the President of the Student Union at the demontmorency Dental College in Lahore, Pakistan. In 1969, Dr. Alvi was active in the student movement for democracy in Pakistan. He was shot and wounded. He was the Jamaat-e-Islami candidate for
September 10, 2010