ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army chief congratulated the country on Saturday for the “successful conduct” of its national elections, saying the nation needed “stable hands” to move on from the politics of “anarchy and polarisation”.

The United States, Britain and the European Union on Friday each expressed concerns about Pakistan’s electoral process in the wake of Thursday’s vote, urging a probe into reported irregularities.

The parties of former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and the jailed Imran Khan, also a former premier, both claimed victory.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by William Mallard)

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