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Nawaz Sharif set to win Pakistan polls

  • Early poll projections suggest Nawaz Sharif may be poised to make a triumphant comeback for a third term as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The elections in the south Asian nation were a landmark poll promising the peaceful transition of authority after a government has been successful in completing a full term.

    Despite the large turnout, elections in Pakistan were sullied by incidents of violence. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bomb blast in Karachi which killed 11 people and injured 40 others. Balochistan and Peshawar also reported incidents of violence. Voting was extended by an hour in most parts of the country.

    Though official results are yet to be announced, unofficial results and projections suggest that Sharif's party is likely to capture over 100 of the 272 parliamentary seats.