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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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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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