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.
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.
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.