The president of Pakistan is elected to act as the head of state of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for a term of five years. An electoral college, comprising of the Senate, National Assembly and provincial assemblies, votes on this election. The president may be re-elected but may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

The role of president has changed throughout the history of Pakistan. Before 2010, the president had many privileges, such as the unilateral right to dissolve parliament. However, the 18th amendment of the constitution moderated these powers, and in doing so, changed Pakistan from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary republic.  Currently, the constitution gives the president reserve powers (subject to the Supreme Court’s veto) to dissolve government, trigger new elections and thereby dismiss the prime minister.

President organisations in Pakistan
Office of the President, Pakistan