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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
(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)
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.