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    ...His barnstorming campaign in the weeks running up to the election appeared to have shaken up the electorate.Instead, it was Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-N who marched to a victory few thought possible.The PML-N has captured a near-majority in the National Assembly, an astonishing success given that no one, not even the PML-N leadership itself, believed anything other than a coalition government was the most likely scenario after May 11.How did the PML-N do it?First, it appears to have protected its electoral base with a relatively — in Pakistan, the emphasis on relatively can never be overstated — solid and corruption-free stint in Punjab, where the PML-N has controlled the provincial government the past five years.That formidable PML-N base, in a province with 150, including Islamabad, of the country's 272 directly elected MNAs, sets up a challenge by the party every time. ...

    Indian Express on May 15, 2013, 3:09 a.m.