Pakistan is counting votes in a general election marred by violence by armed groups and a suspension of mobile phone services. At least 12 people, including 10 security officials, killed nationwide during the vote, military says.
TV channels are expected to make projections of the initial results after voting closed at 5pm (12:00 GMT). A clear picture is likely to emerge early on Friday as counting continues through the night. Many analysts say there may not be a clear winner.
Pakistan Interior Ministry has said mobile phone services have been partially restored in parts of the country. Earlier in the day, the ministry said mobile phone and internet services were suspended across Pakistan owing to security threats.
In a post on X a little after 8pm, it said cellular services have been restored in Bhakkar, Sargodha, Taxila, Gujar Khan Chakri, Loralai, Sibi, Jhal Magsi and all of Sindh except Malir and Karachi.