Election 2013 victory celebrations

Published May 12, 2013 03:07pm
Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) celebrate in front of a party office as results of the general election come in, in Lahore May 11, 2013. — Reuters Photo
Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) celebrate in front of a party office as results of the general election come in, in Lahore May 11, 2013. — Reuters Photo
Supporters of Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan carry their party flags as they take part in a rally in Rawalpindi on May 12, 2013. The party of Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan early May 12 conceded defeat in general elections, but said it would form the next government in the terror-hit northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. — AFP Photo
Supporters of Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan carry their party flags as they take part in a rally in Rawalpindi on May 12, 2013. The party of Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan early May 12 conceded defeat in general elections, but said it would form the next government in the terror-hit northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. — AFP Photo
Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N party celebrate the primary unofficial results of the country's parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013. The Pakistan Muslim League-N party, led by two-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has long been considered the front-runner in the race. The party appeared to be moving toward a significant victory Saturday based on partial vote counts announced by Pakistan state TV. — AP Photo
Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N party celebrate the primary unofficial results of the country's parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013. The Pakistan Muslim League-N party, led by two-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has long been considered the front-runner in the race. The party appeared to be moving toward a significant victory Saturday based on partial vote counts announced by Pakistan state TV. — AP Photo
A Pakistani vendor arranges morning newspapers with front-page-coverage of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's success in landmark elections the day before, along a roadside stall in Islamabad on May 12, 2013.— AFP Photo
A Pakistani vendor arranges morning newspapers with front-page-coverage of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's success in landmark elections the day before, along a roadside stall in Islamabad on May 12, 2013.— AFP Photo
A supporter of Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), flashes the victory sign outside the party's election headquarters as they wait for the results of the general election in Lahore May 11, 2013. — Reuters Phot
A supporter of Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), flashes the victory sign outside the party's election headquarters as they wait for the results of the general election in Lahore May 11, 2013. — Reuters Phot
Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N party celebrate the primary unofficial results of their country's parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan Saturday, May 11, 2013. — AP Photo
Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N party celebrate the primary unofficial results of their country's parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan Saturday, May 11, 2013. — AP Photo
Former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N party Nawaz Sharif waves to his supporters at a party office in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013. — AP Photo
Former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N party Nawaz Sharif waves to his supporters at a party office in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013. — AP Photo
Supporters of former cricket star-turned-politician and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Imran Khan celebrate the primary unofficial results of the country's parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent. But attacks that killed several people and wounded dozens more underlined the risks many
Supporters of former cricket star-turned-politician and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Imran Khan celebrate the primary unofficial results of the country's parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent. But attacks that killed several people and wounded dozens more underlined the risks many
Supporters of Tehreek-e-Pakistan, headed by Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, celebrate the victory of their supported candidate in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 11, 2013.— AP Photo
Supporters of Tehreek-e-Pakistan, headed by Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, celebrate the victory of their supported candidate in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 11, 2013.— AP Photo
Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or Moment for Justice Party sing national anthem during an election campaign rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, May 9, 2013. — AP Photo
Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or Moment for Justice Party sing national anthem during an election campaign rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, May 9, 2013. — AP Photo

Defying the danger of militant attacks, the 2013 elections in Pakistan, in which 86 million people were eligible to vote, brought the first transition between civilian governments in a country that has been ruled by the military for more than half of its turbulent history.

Attacks that killed several people and wounded dozens more underlined the risks many people took just casting their ballots.

Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) celebrate as results of the general election come in. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday his PML-N party was the clear winner in Pakistan’s general election and that he hoped for a majority to avoid a coalition.

Sharif appealed to all parties to join him in tackling Pakistan’s mountainous problems after securing victory in historic elections that defied Taliban violence. Partial, unofficial results from the May 11 election represented a stunning comeback for a man deposed in a 1999 military coup – but he looked short of an outright majority, raising the prospect of another weak coalition government

On the other hand supporters of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), headed by Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, celebrate the victory of their party candidates in Rawalpindi and Khyper Pakhtunkhwa.

PTI conceded defeat in general elections early May 12, but said it would form the next government in the terror-hit northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. — Photos and Text by Agencies


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A. Faizullah
May 12, 2013 11:03am
Unfortunately today is a sad day for Pakistan. Same old corrupt politicians and five more years of hell. The only good thing about this election is the departure of PPPP from the helm. Hopefully if PTI does a good job in KP, then PTI and other parties like it will have a better chance next time around.
Ali
May 13, 2013 07:28pm
IN A TV INTERVIEW PTI SPOKEPERSON ASAD UMER SAID IMRAN WILL SHOW TRUE SPORTMANSHIP AND WILL ACCEPT THE RESULTS. BUT HE WAS WRONG AS HIS LEADER DOESN'T SHOW SPORTMANSHIP. IMRAN PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE AND DONT ACT LIKE A TEENAGER. IF YOU WANT TO BE A TRUE LEADER YOU SHOULD ACCPET OTHER PARTIES MANDATE WHICH YOU HAVENT SO FAR. YOUR RUDE AND CHILDISH ATTITUDE WILL MAKE YOU AND YOUR PARTY OUT OF POLITICS. IT SEEMS THIS WAS FIRST AND LAST ELECTION OF PTI.
Ismail Khan
May 14, 2013 06:42am
Never seen such a rigged and fraud elections before