The former prime minister and frontrunner in Pakistan's landmark elections, Nawaz Sharif, was elected to parliament representing a town in his political heartland of Punjab, his party spokesman said on Saturday.
"Nawaz Sharif has won his seat from a constituency in Sargodha," Pakistan Muslim League-N spokesman Siddiqul Farooq told AFP by telephone.
At PML-N headquarters in the eastern city of Lahore about 300 to 400 supporters who were watching the results coming in on television let out a huge cheer when Sharif's win was announced.
Sharif served as prime minister from 1990-93, when he was sacked for corruption, and from 1997-99, when he was deposed by the military, although his family say he is a changed man who will this time govern more successfully.
Meanwhile, Pakistani cricket star turned politician Imran Khan was 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 (ANP) member Ghulam Bilour told private Express TV. The seat in Peshawar was one of four that Khan contested.
"I congratulate him," Bilour told the TV channel. The secular ANP led the outgoing government in northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
"People wanted change and I think what has happened was correct. Now it is up to us to think why people have rejected us," Bilour said.
Khan's centre-right Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party is looking to make a breakthrough into national politics at Saturday's polls. It boycotted the last elections in 2008 and won only one seat, for Khan, in 2002.
Date created : 2013-05-11