Islamabad: Hours after Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif complained that President Asif Ali Zardari had not yet congratulated him on his victory in Pakistan's general elections, the President set things right by telephoning the PML-N Chief.

Addressing a meeting of newly elected PML-N lawmakers in Lahore, Sharif said Zardari had not yet congratulated him on the success of the party. Soon after, Zardari telephoned Sharif and felicitated him on his victory in the May 11 general elections.

Media reports quoted sources close to Sharif as saying that the PML-N Chief asked Zardari what had taken him so long to offer the congratulations.

The PML-N has attained a simple majority in the National Assembly, setting up an unprecedented third term as Premier for Sharif.

Zardari also telephoned Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Awami National Party head Asfandyar Wali, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

The President felicitated the people and all political parties for participating in the elections, paving the way for the first democratic transition in the country's history.


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