By ANNABEL SYMINGTON, The Wall Street Journal

ISLAMABAD—International election observers on Monday said Pakistan’s elections were a success and a step forward for the country, despite accusations by losing politicians of vote-rigging in many areas.

The preliminary findings by the two largest observer missions—the European Union Election Observation Mission and the joint mission of the National Democratic Institute in the U.S. and the Asian Network for Free Elections—also applauded the high voter turnout, despite high levels of violence. Some 64 people were killed on election day Saturday.

Michael Gahler, chief observer of the EU mission, described the election, which was won by the conservative Pakistan Muslim League…

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