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.
Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, known as the 'Lion of Punjab', is set for a third term in office after his party Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) led the race with more than a hundred seats in the elections.
Mr Sharif claimed victory during his address outside his residence in Lahore on Saturday night and sparked off celebrations among the supporters.
Supporters were seen crowding the streets in Islamabad after news of Mr Sharif's possible win started to trickle in.
Supporters with posters of Nawaz Sharif came rejoice on the streets of Lahore after Mr Sharif claimed victory in elections.
Sunday newspapers in Pakistan were full of Mr Sharif's victory in the elections. The Pakistani media termed the historic polls as a resounding victory for democracy.
Defying threats of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls on Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent. Women came out in huge numbers to cast their votes.
People braved series of blasts that hit three Pakistani cities on Saturday to cast their votes. At least 15 people were feared dead and many more injured, media reports said.
The first blast went off near the election office of Amanullah Mehsud, an Awami National Party candidate contesting polls to the Sindh Assembly. Mehsud escaped unhurt though several ANP workers were among the dead and injured.