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.
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.
His should be a stable government for he will not need any other party bloc to form a coalition; a few independents will do.
Nawaz Sharif appears to have completed an astonishing political comeback in Pakistan's general election.
After an invigorating election campaign, voters here in Pakistan have decided to stick with the familiar by electing Nawaz Sharif.