Pakistan frontrunner Sharif elected to parliament

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the frontrunner in the country's landmark elections, was on Saturday elected to parliament in a town in his Punjab heartland, his party spokesman said.

"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.