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Topic - Kamran Shafi
Nawaz Sharif, a two-time former prime minister who has talked about ending Pakistan's role in the U.S.-led war against terrorism, was set to win a third term as the South Asian nation's leader on Sunday.
The assassination of Afghanistan's former president was plotted in Pakistan, the government said Sunday, increasing pressure on its neighbor that already is facing heat from the Obama administration about its ties to recent terrorist attacks.
Kamran Shafi, an Islamabad-based columnist with Pakistan's Express Tribune, said he was surprised by the PPP's dismal performance in southern Punjab province and the PTI's big win in the tribal border province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
"The latter is built around Imran's rhetoric of stopping drone attacks, which is not about to happen, and the former because of the incumbency factor and the fact that the PPP couldn't really canvass because of security threats," said Mr. Shafi.