Sharif Poised for Victory in Pakistan

    Former Pakistani prime minister and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif waves to supporters after his party victory in general election in Lahore on May 11, 2013. Sharif declared victory for his centre-right party in Pakistan's landmark elections on May 11, as unofficial partial results put him on course to win a historic third term as premier. The result represented a remarkable comeback for a man who was deposed as premier in a 1999 military coup and came after millions of people defied polling day attacks that left 24 dead to participate in the high-turnout vote. AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI        (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared poised for victory on Sunday in Pakistan’s general election, which went on Saturday despite violence that claimed 24 lives. Sharif, the head of the Muslim League (PML-N), was deposed by Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a coup in 1999 and was subsequently put on trial, jailed, and eventually exiled before returning in 2007. Early results in Saturday’s election indicated tough loses for the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which had been targeted by the Taliban prior to the election. Former cricket player Imran Khan’s Movement of Justice Party (PTI) made big gains in Peshawar, but Khan, who suffered head injuries last week during an election rally, had reportedly expected a better result.

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