Pakistan polls 2013: People’s mandate goes to Nawaz Sharif
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Pakistan polls 2013: People’s mandate goes to Nawaz Sharif

Last Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013, 00:20
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Pakistan polls 2013: People’s mandate goes to Nawaz Sharif Islamabad/Lahore: Nawaz Sharif was poised for a record third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister with his PML-N party today taking an unassailable lead in parliamentary elections, which was welcomed by India with whom he pledged to restart the peace process.

During the campaign, 63-year-old Sharif had vowed to revive the Indo-Pak peace process which was interrupted in 1999 by the then military ruler Pervez Musharraf who ousted him in a bloodless coup, jailed and exiled. He had started the peace process with then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

In New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lost no time in congratulating Sharif for his "emphatic victory" in the elections and invited him to visit India at a mutually convenient time.

According to state-run PTV, the unofficial results announced till late in the night showed that Sharif's PML (N) is leading with 118 seats of 272 parliamentary seats that went to the polls yesterday. Sharif needs 137 seats for a majority. According to trends, Sharif is likely to get 125 seats. Sharif may marginally fall short of absolute majority but will be able to make it up by getting the support of independent candidates and smaller rightist parties like the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam which was ahead in 11 seats.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), about which there was considerable hype, lagged behind bagging 32 seats.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which had a tally of 124 in the 2008 elections and ruled the country for five years with the support of the MQM and the Awami National Party, has clinched 32 seats.

The results showed Sharif's party virtually swept the polls in central and upper parts of Punjab while it also performed well in parts of southern Punjab.

PTI almost demolished its opponents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PML (N) has also emerged as leading party in the Punjab Assembly. PPP seems to have maintained its dominance in interior Sindh, the state-tv said.

Sharif is set to return to power at a time when Pakistan is facing several major challenges, including growing extremism, a strong Taliban presence in the country's northwest, rampant corruption, uneasy relations with the US ahead of the withdrawal of foreign forces from war-torn Afghanistan and an economy that has virtually been in free fall for the past few years.

Sharif served as premier during 1990-1993 and 1997-1999 but was ousted from office before he could complete his term once on corruption charges and later because of the coup led by Musharraf.

Sharif won two seats both from Sargodha and Lahore while Imran Khan bagged three seats in the national assembly out of four he contested.

President Asif Ali Zardari's sister Faryal Talpur, Farooq Sattar, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Sheikh Rashid, Fehmida Mirza, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Ahsan Iqbal and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq have also emerged successful.

Among the towering leaders who were made to bite the dust include former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and former ministers Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Faisal Saleh Hayyat, Ameer Muqam, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Khurshid Kasuri, Syed Samsam Bukhari, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Chaudhry Anwar Ali Cheema And Shakeel Awan, Abdul Qadir Gilani, Yasmin Rashid and Abrarul Haq, the PTV said.

The PML-N was returned to power at the national level after millions of Pakistanis braved Taliban threats and violence that claimed some 50 lives to vote in the landmark general elections that marked the first transition from one civilian government to another in the country's 66-year history, that has witnessed numerous military coups.

Sharif proclaimed victory for the PML-N while addressing a group of jubilant supporters at his home in Lahore last night and asked people to pray that the final results would deliver an "absolute majority" for his party so that he would not have to lead a weak coalition.

PML-N supporters took to the streets in droves to celebrate the victory. Overwhelmed by the victory, they fired in the air at several places in Lahore, violating the Election Commission's code of conduct.

Conceding defeat, Khan from his hospital bed said, "I have seen many ups and downs in my life. But I forget the pain of this defeat when I see the enthusiasm of the youngsters."

"I want to thank the electorate for coming out in such large numbers. This is significant for Pakistan. The people have decided that they will play a role in forming the future of Pakistan through their vote," 60-year-old Khan said.

Pakistan polls 2013: People’s mandate goes to Nawaz Sharif Analysts said it was possible that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, leading in 12 seats, could back Sharif in forming the government.

Pakistan polls 2013: People’s mandate goes to Nawaz Sharif To win a majority, a party or coalition would have to bag 137 of the 272 National Assembly seats for which polls were held. Another 70 seats in the 342-member National Assembly are reserved for women and non-Muslims and will be allocated to parties according to their performance in polls.

PTI

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First Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013, 08:21
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Gotama - New York
The victory of Mr. Nawaz Sharif is good both for India and Pakistan. Let peace prevail now. God bless Shariff sahib..
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Sareras - Pakistan
Best wishes for pakistan & congragulate to pakistani pepols for new elected government may Allah shower his countless blassing upon us... And i hope our new government take now good decission in faver of pakistani nataion and freely work for pakistan... Pakistan Zinda Bad
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wounded pakistani - peshawar,pakistan
congratulations to mian shib for the great victory with a request not to take juif and mqm as your allies in the govt and let them have the taste of the opposition benches other wise talibanisation and terrorism will get more stronger in our country and the people of this country will get more wounds rather than getting some peace
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mohammed rizo - karachi
i think Nawaz Shareef is better choice for pakistan in this circumstances
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Ajmal Hussain - Peshawar
We are happy for the overwhelming victory of PML N in National and Punjab Assemblies, for the brilliant success in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. We congratulate Jumat e Islami for winning of sufficient seats in NA and KP. But We are extremely sorry that the Pakistani Nation has not identified the World Biggest (ISO 9001 Certified) Thief Zardari by eliminating PPP from Pakistan. Alas the Nation is not cognizant and mindful of the Dacoit, the Corrupt and the Devil in human cloths who destroyed Pakistan in 5 years. See the 20/24 hours load shedding, the collapse of PIA, Railway, Steel Mills, closure of factories, economic collapse, rampant price hike and above all introduction and promotion of ``Corruption Culture``. However, his Bank Accounts piled up, his properties in Pakistan and overseas increased .....the ``Shedaad of 21st Centry``. We are indeed the unfortunate nation that this PIG took birth on the soil of Pakistan. I am Business Graduate and know that ``A leader is pains taking and not pains inflicting``, ``A leader is so truthful to his nation that he even can not perceive lies and his heart is as transparent as a glass, the contents wherein are visible from outside``. But we have a SHAMELESS and IGNOBLE Zardari and then we say that there is poverty, illitracy, and economic collapse and so on.......
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Kaleem ullah - Kashmir baramullah
Afsoos nawazshreef is winer
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iqbal - oslo
No doubt he is liked by the nation and he will definetly sort out pakistan succesfully. he is highly linked person all over pakistan and internationaly.
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vic - usa
Salutes to democratic process in Pakistan. May this peaceful transition of power lead to peace and stability in the Sub-continent and prosperity for Pakistan and neighbors.
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MM Khan - USA
A fractured Pakistan. A panjabi won in punjab. A pathan won in NWFP. Sindhi won in interior Sindh. And MQM won in Karachi. What has changed? Nothing. The love affir of Punjab with Bhutto family is over because Zardari was not a Bhutto. The voters are losers because they put this guy back again who has more time to buy Rolex watches to impress a US president than govern. What would be different this time. Absolutely nothing. The bottom line is that in the history of the nation a common man has never won. This is country for feudal landlords who switch their affiliations for convenience.
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Rasheed Bhatti - London
I congratulate my countrymen and administrators for their determination to prove to the world that we are capable and responsible people. All we ask is the freedom of choice rather than the draconian measures enforced on poor working class who keeps the nation on the move. Let’s build Pakistan as an exemplary Muslim Nation that respects Law and order above all other believes in life which is paramount for all progressive nations
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D.N.MAKHIJA - DELHI.............INDIA
VICTORY OF IMRAN KHAN WOULD HAVE CHANGED PAKISTAN BUT NOW VICTORY OF OTHERS WILL NOT CHANGE PAKISTAN........



farzana - doha qatar
all parties should sit together and take action against terrorism in pakistan and they should work together for the country rather than pulling each other leg. for god sake pakistan is worst country at the moment .being pakistani we are scared to go there .hope now the things will be better .



Kamran khan - Poonch
Pakistan is in a critical situation now.because nawaz sharief will prove to be dangerous for pakistan for his dangerous policies.





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