The President of Pakistan, is the ceremonial head of state of Pakistan and a figurehead who represents the unity of the Republic. The President holds the title de jure and is a civilian commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Armed Forces as per the constitution of Pakistan. In addition, the constitution prohibits the President from exercising the authority of running the government, the president is indirectly elected by the Parliament through the Electoral College for a five-year term. The Constitution requires the President to be a Muslim of not less than forty-five years of age, the President resides in an estate in Islamabad known as Aiwan-e-Sadar. There have been a total of 12 Presidents, in case of absence of the President, the Chairman Senate takes over as the Acting President until the President resumes office, or the election for the next President is held. The current President is Mamnoon Hussain, who took office on 9 September 2013 as the 12th President of Pakistan, the official residence and principal workplace of the president is the Aiwan-e-Sadr— the presidential palace located in northeastern Islamabad. The presidency forms the vital institutional organ of state and is part of the bicameral Parliament, powers to exercise the authority are limited to the ceremonial figurehead, and required to address the Parliament to give a direction for national policies before being informed of its key decisions. In addition, the President is also a civil commander-in-chief of the military, after a thorough confirmation comes from the Prime Minister, the President confirms the judicial appointments in the national court system. In addition, the Constitution allows the President to grant pardons, reprieves, and clemency in cases recommended to him by the executive and the judiciary. The President himself has absolute immunity from criminal and civil proceedings. There shall be a President of Pakistan who shall be the Head of State, furthermore, the presidential powers have significantly declined with Pakistans government reversed to a parliamentary democratic republic. The Constitution of Pakistan sets the qualifications that the candidate must meet to be eligible to the office of the President. A President has to be, A citizen of Pakistan, at least 45 years of age. Qualified to be elected as member of the National Assembly, whenever the Aiwan-e-Sadr becomes vacant, the selection of president is done by the electoral college, which consists of both houses of Parliament and the four provincial assemblies. The Chief Election Commissioner has to conduct elections to the office of the President in a special session, each elector casts a different number of votes. The general principle is that the number of votes cast by members of Parliament equals the total number of votes cast by provincial legislators. Also, legislators from larger states cast more votes than those from smaller provinces, the president is elected indirectly for a term of five years. The incumbent president is eligible for re-election to that office, the President may be removed before the expiry of the term through impeachment
President of Pakistan, Ehsen Ammmar Ali
The Ceremonial guard of honour at the Aiwan-e-sadr.
Image: Pride of Performance Award by President of Pakistan (cropped head)