Obama congratulates Sharif on Pakistan election win

President Obama has spoken on the phone with Nawaz Sharif after his victory in Pakistan's parliamentary elections, the White House has revealed.

"The two leaders agreed to continue to work together to strengthen US-Pakistan relations and advance our shared interest of a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan and region", it added.

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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.