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Pakistan Elections 2013

May 12, 2013
22:17 (IST)
Barack Obama congratulates Pakistan on vote
President Barack Obama congratulated Pakistan Sunday on its parliamentary elections and said Washington was ready to work "as equal partners" with the government that emerges.
May 12, 2013
21:23 (IST)
Results for 234 of 272 seats out, Nawaz Sharif's party has won 116. See all results here
May 12, 2013
21:08 (IST)
Pervez Musharraf's party wins two seats despite election boycott
Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf's party on Sunday managed to win a seat each in the National and provincial constituency despite announcing a boycott of the 2013 general elections.
May 12, 2013
20:07 (IST)
Nawaz Sharif poised to form strong government after Pakistan poll
Toppled in a 1999 military coup, jailed and exiled, Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and looks set to form a stable government capable of implementing reforms needed to rescue the fragile economy.
May 12, 2013
20:01 (IST)
Imran welcomes Pakistan vote but alleges rigging
Pakistani politician Imran Khan on Sunday welcomed the high turnout in the country's elections as a step forward for democracy, but said his party would submit a report on alleged vote-rigging.
May 12, 2013
20:00 (IST)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulates Nawaz Sharif for winning Pakistan election
Nawaz Sharif was poised for a record third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister with his PML-N party on Sunday taking an unassailable lead in parliamentary elections, which was welcomed by India with whom he pledged to restart the peace process.
May 12, 2013
19:40 (IST)
Results for 227 of 272 seats in Pakistan have been declared. Nawaz Sharif's party has won 115 seats. See all results here
 
May 12, 2013
17:11 (IST)
Results for 201 of 272 seats out, Nawaz Sharif's party wins 108, Imran Khan's party wins 24 and PPP wins 19 seats.
May 12, 2013
17:02 (IST)
Imran Khan faces ultimate test in governing Taliban stronghold
In perhaps the most dramatic outcome of Pakistan's elections, Imran Khan's party has won power in the northwest, putting to the ultimate test the former cricket star's anti-US rhetoric and calls for peace talks with the Taliban.
May 12, 2013
16:19 (IST)
Results for 195 of 272 seats  are now out, Nawaz Sharif's party wins 103 seats. Imran Khan's party wins 24 and the PPP wins 19 seats.

May 12, 2013
15:22 (IST)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday called on Sharif's incoming government to help negotiate an end to the Taliban insurgency that has ravaged his country since 2001. Pakistan has its own home-grown problem with the Islamist militants.

"We hope that the government paves the way for peace and brotherhood with Afghanistan and cooperates in fighting terrorism and sincerely rooting out terrorist sanctuaries," Karzai said.
May 12, 2013
14:54 (IST)
All you need to know about Pakistan's new Prime Minister - Nawaz Sharif, the Lion of Punjab
A steel tycoon cum politician, Mr Sharif has made an astounding comeback.
May 12, 2013
14:22 (IST)
Pakistan elections results at 1:30pm (Courtesy Express TV)

180 / 272

PML-N            97

PTI                  25

PPPP              19

MQM                9
May 12, 2013
13:44 (IST)
Pakistan media calls elections a resounding victory for democracy
The elections have been a "resounding victory for democracy", said a Pakistani daily which noted
 that for the very first time power will be transferred in the manner laid down by the constitution.

May 12, 2013
13:22 (IST)
Results for 177 of 272 seats in Pakistan are out. Nawaz Sharif's party wins 97 seats. Imran Khan's party is at second place with 25 seats.
May 12, 2013
13:13 (IST)
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif's daughter today said her father, who was set to become Pakistani premier for a third time, will not disappoint the  people and will "deliver".

Maryam Nawaz thanked the people of Pakistan and said, "Inshallah, her father wouldn't disappoint the people".

"The wise youth chose to side with PMLN who delivered and will deliver InshaAllah ! Well done! Let's together build a Roshan Pakistan !" Maryam tweeted on a microblogging website.
May 12, 2013
12:52 (IST)
Photos that define Pakistan's landmark elections
Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif claimed victory following a historic election marred by violence on Saturday, a remarkable comeback for a leader once toppled in a military coup and sent into exile.
May 12, 2013
12:44 (IST)
India greets Nawaz Sharif's victory in Pakistan: who said what
India is watching even as Nawaz Sharif inches closer to becoming the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. A few Indian politicians have started congratulating Mr Sharif, even as he gets set for his new role. Here are some of the reactions.
May 12, 2013
12:31 (IST)
Results update:
Nawaz Sharif's Party - PML-N wins 95 seats. Imran Khan's party -PTI wins 23 seats.  Pakistan People's Party -PPP wins 18 seats.
May 12, 2013
12:14 (IST)
Pakistan elections results at 12 noon
171 / 272
 
PML-N         95
PTI               22
PPP             18
MQM             8
JUI-F              4
PKMAP          2          
INDPs            13
OTHERS        7

May 12, 2013
11:43 (IST)
Out of the 164 results announced (of 272 seats), Nawaz Sharif's party wins 93.
May 12, 2013
11:42 (IST)
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today hoped that India will continue to have good relations with Pakistan if former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif comes to power after the general elections there.  "India welcomes whatever result that comes out of a democratic election. Our government has had relations with Nawaz Sharif. From Prime Minister's side also congratulations will be offered to him," Mr Khurshid said.

May 12, 2013
11:12 (IST)
In the 2008 elections, the Asif Ali Zardari-led PPP secured 97 National Assembly seats. After getting 24 reserved seats for women and four reserved seats of minorities, the total number of seats for the PPP was 124 in a house of 340. The party formed a coalition government with the help of MQM, ANP and JUI-F.
May 12, 2013
11:09 (IST)
Geo News reports that former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani's two sons Ali Musa Gilani and Abdul Qadir Gilani, have lost in polls from their Multan constituencies. Abdul was kidnapped by suspected Taliban terrorists last week while he was campaigning.

May 12, 2013
10:50 (IST)
In an embarrassing setback to Pakistan Peoples Party that ruled the country since 2008, former Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has lost the election.

May 12, 2013
10:39 (IST)
Pakistan elections results at 10.20 am (Courtesy: Express TV)
152 / 272
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)               86
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)                               21
Pakistan People's Party (PPP)                               15
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM)                         8
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F)                                    4
Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP)                2    
Independents                                                            9
OTHERS                                                                   5

(On top of the 272 contested seats, a further 70 - most reserved for women and members of non-Muslim minorities - are allocated to parties on the basis of their performance in the constituencies. To have a majority of the total of 342, a party would need 172 seats)

May 12, 2013
09:52 (IST)
Imran Khan concedes defeat in Pakistan polls
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's party on Saturday conceded defeat to rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML) in the landmark general elections in which it is set to emerge as second largest party.
May 12, 2013
09:02 (IST)
News agency AFP reports that even though official results were emerging only slowly early on Sunday but TV projections suggested no single party would win a simple majority of 172 seats in the national assembly. According to the private TV network Geo, Sharif's centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) was leading the race with 126 seats and Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had 34. With just 32 seats so far, the Bhutto clan's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) -- which led the outgoing government with 125 seats in the old national assembly -- was relegated to a humiliating third place.
May 12, 2013
09:00 (IST)
Pictures that show the celebrations amongst Nawaz Sharif's supporters




May 12, 2013
08:52 (IST)
News agency AFP reports that even though official results were emerging only slowly early on Sunday but TV projections suggested no single party would win a simple majority of 172 seats in the national assembly. According to the private TV network Geo, Sharif's centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) was leading the race with 126 seats and Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had 34. With just 32 seats so far, the Bhutto clan's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) -- which led the outgoing government with 125 seats in the old national assembly -- was relegated to a humiliating third place.
May 12, 2013
08:42 (IST)
NDTV in Pakistan: Celebrations begin as Nawaz Sharif claims win
NDTV's Barkha Dutt is in Lahore and was witness as thousands of Nawaz Sharif supporters spent the night on the streets cheering the leader and the poll results.
May 12, 2013
08:29 (IST)
Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif vows to fulfill all poll promises
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Nawaz Sharif pledged to fulfill all the promises that he made during the election campaign and thanked the masses for expressing confidence in his party and leadership.
May 12, 2013
00:16 (IST)
Nawaz Sharif declares victory for his party in Pakistan vote


"We should thank Allah that he has given PML-N another chance to serve you and Pakistan," he said in a speech to jubilant supporters at his party headquarters in Lahore.
May 11, 2013
23:35 (IST)
Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif surges ahead in election count
Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif, seeking to become prime minister for a third time, appeared way ahead of his rivals in Saturday's general election, according to a partial count of votes cast.
May 11, 2013
23:28 (IST)
Pakistan elections: Imran Khan vs Nawaz Sharif in battleground Punjab
Pakistan's most populous province Punjab holds over half of the National Assembly seats in the country and the maximum number of young voters, both crucial to the ballot this time around.
May 11, 2013
23:28 (IST)
Pakistan orders re-vote in constituency over fraud claims
Pakistan's election commission on Saturday ordered a re-vote in more than 30 polling stations in a Karachi constituency over allegations of ballot stuffing, a spokesman said.
May 11, 2013
23:27 (IST)
Historic elections in Pakistan: will the next PM be Imran Khan or Nawaz Sharif?
Despite more than a 100 people dying in the run up to the elections, Pakistan voted, and voted in large numbers. The election is historic because it is for the very first time that a civilian government will be handing over power to another democratically elected government, after completing its own term. In many ways, who the next Prime Minister is could define how far the traditional sovereignty of the military is challenged.
May 11, 2013
23:06 (IST)
Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif appear ahead in Pakistan election count
The parties of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan appeared to be well ahead of their rivals in Pakistan's election, according to a partial count of votes cast on Saturday.
May 11, 2013
23:03 (IST)
Pakistan's Imran Khan wins parliament seat: opponent


Pakistani cricket star turned politician Imran Khan has been elected into parliament in the northwestern city of Peshawar, where his main opponent conceded defeat.

"People have expressed confidence in Imran Khan and have rejected us," former cabinet minister and senior Awami National Party member Ghulam Bilour told private Express TV.

May 11, 2013
22:55 (IST)


Nawaz Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), looked set to win the most seats in parliament but Khan could deprive it of a majority and dash Sharif's hopes of a return to power 14 years after he was ousted in a military coup, jailed and later exiled.
May 11, 2013
22:54 (IST)
Imran Khan's Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) appeals mostly to young, urban voters because of his calls for an end to corruption, a new political landscape and a halt to U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani soil. About one-third of the country's population is under the age of 30.
May 11, 2013
22:52 (IST)
The partial count showed that while Sharif was in the lead, his party could lose 15 of its seats in the critical province of Punjab to Khan, whose emergence on the political stage has up-ended a system dominated by two parties.
May 11, 2013
22:52 (IST)
Despite pre-election violence, and attacks on Saturday which killed at least 17 people, millions had turned out to vote.
May 11, 2013
22:52 (IST)


The election, in which 86 million people were eligible to vote, will bring the first transition between civilian governments in a country ruled by the military for more than half of its turbulent history.
May 11, 2013
22:51 (IST)
The parties of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan appeared to be well ahead of their rivals in Pakistan's election, according to a partial count of votes cast on Saturday.