Nehru’s letters with the family
According to a short biography on the PTI website, Alvi’s father, Dr Habib ur Rehman Elahi Alvi, was Nehru’s dentist before partition. According to the website, ‘Dr Elahi Alvi was Nehru’s dentist and the family is in possession of Nehru’s letters to Dr Alvi.’ The full name of Arif Alvi is Dr. Arif ur Rehman Alvi. He was born in 1947 in Karachi, where his father had settled after partition.
Profession of dentist inherited from father
Alvi’s father used to practice as a dentist in India and then in Karachi before partition. Apart from politics, Arif Alvi inherited the profession of dentist from his father. He has obtained his degrees from Lahore and America. In 2007, he was elected as a counselor of the FDI World Dental Federation. This was the first selection of a Pakistani for this post. He is married to Sameena Alvi and has four children.