Sharif seeks Pakistan majority

Nawaz Sharif is on course to become Pakistan's prime minister, as reports projected his party to win an imposing 130 of the 137 seats it needs for a majority. Sharif said he would form a coalition with minority groups to make up the remaining seats.

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Imran Khan set for second place in Pakistan election

Former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan looks set to claim second place in the Pakistan election after Nawaz Sharif declared victory in a jubilant speech to supporters.

Imran Khan looks set to claim second place. Credit: Reuters

Despite bombings across the country, millions turned out to vote in a historic election that will bring the first transition between civilian governments in a country that has been ruled by the military for more than half of its turbulent history.

Sharif, who looks set to become the country's prime minister for the third time, told supporters: "Results are still coming in, but this much is confirmed: we're the single largest party so far.

"Please pray that by morning we're in a position that we don't need the crutch of coalition partners."

Khan's party Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) looks set to come in second place thanks to vast support amongst the country's youth.

The former cricketer has called for an end to corruption and a halt to US drone strikes against suspected militants on Pakistani soil.

Ex-cricketer Imran Khan wins seat in Pakistan elections

Former cricketer Imran Khan has been elected into Parliament in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, according to reports.

Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, head of the centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N, also won his seat, a party spokesman told AFP.

Sharif, who has served as prime minister twice before, was elected to parliament in his Punjab heartland – although voting has been marred by deadly bomb blasts.

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Sadiq Khan: Pakistan has taken a 'massive step'

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan has praised Pakistan for taking a "massive step forward" despite the violence at today's historic election.

Former PM Nawaz Sharif votes in Pakistan election

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has cast his ballot in the national vote as he bids to regain power 14 years after his ousting.
His party, the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), looks set to win the most seats in the election but he could be denied a majority.
A surge for cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan could deprive Mr Sharif, who was jailed and exiled after his ousting in a military coup.

Millions vote in Pakistan as attacks leave 15 dead

Millions have turned out to vote in Pakistan's landmark election today despite a string of militant attacks and gunfights that have killed at least 15 people.

Many went to polls in the searing heat for a vote that will bring the country's first transition between civilian governments.

Violence has cast a shadow over Pakistan's milestone election Credit: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

At least 11 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in Karachi today, while four died in a gun battle in the restive province of Baluchistan.

Several were injured in an explosion that destroyed a political party office in the insurgency-infected northwest, while there were further casualties in a blast in the city of Peshawar.

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Militants target several cities as Pakistan goes to polls

The blast in Karachi gutted the office of the Awami National Party. Credit: RTV

Election-related bombings have occurred in several cities in Pakistan as militants look to disrupt the country's historic vote, which marks the first transition between civilian governments.

The bomb blast in the commercial capital Karachi, which has killed 10 people and wounded 30, targeted the office of Awami National Party (ANP) and was followed by another explosion minutes later.

An explosion also destroyed an ANP office in the northwest, though no casualties have been reported. TV channels also reported an explosion in the city of Peshawar.

Pakistan's Taliban, who are close to al Qaeda, have killed over 110 people in election-related violence since April. The ANP and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) led the outgoing coalition.

People in Pakistan begin voting in general election

People in Pakistan have begun voting in a general election that will bring the first transition between civilian governments in a country that has been ruled by generals for more than half of its history.

Voting has begun in Pakistan. Credit: Reuters

Television channels said polling stations opened in several parts of the South Asian nation. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is widely seen as the frontrunner.

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