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 11:03 am
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 7:28 pm
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 6:42 am
Never seen such a rigged and fraud elections before
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