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    An anti-terrorism court here on Thursday found deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif guilty of hijacking and terrorism charges and acquitted others in the plane conspiracy case.

    The court, headed by Judge Rehmat Hussein Jaffery, sentenced Nawaz Sharif to two life terms which are to run concurrently. It also ordered the confiscation of his property.

    The judge declared that the prosecution had proved the charges in case of Section 402 B of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 7(2) of ATA. The court also ordered Nawaz Sharif to pay to the passengers of PK 805 a sum of Rs2.5 million as compensation.

    The judge observed that the charges against the other six accused - Shahbaz Sharif, former chief minister of Punjab, Saeed Mehdi, former principal secretary, Syed Ghaus Ali Shah, former adviser to the deposed premier, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former chairman of PIA, Saifur Rehman, former chief of accountability bureau, and Rana Maqbool, former IG of Sindh - couldn't be proved on any count.

    A defence counsel to the deposed premier told newsmen that they were going to file an appeal against the conviction with the Sindh High Court within the stipulated period of seven days. Raja Qureshi, the chief prosecutor, told reporters that the prosecution would file an appeal in the High Court against the acquittal of the six accused.

    Immediately after the announcement of the judgment the family members and supporters of the former prime minister started wailing and raised slogans of "Allah-o-Akbar" and "Nawaz Sharif Zindabad".

    The judge entered the courtroom at 11:35am. After about two minutes he asked the accused to rise in their seats. He announced the judgment at 11:43am.

    Sharif had been charged with trying to prevent the landing of a flight carrying army chief General Pervez Musharraf and 198 other passengers from Sri Lanka on the night he was ousted in a military coup last Oct 12.

    Sharif had sacked Musharraf hours earlier and the plane landed only after the army took over Karachi airport. Musharraf seized power and declared himself the chief executive of the country.

    Security alert: Pakistani authorities clamped heavy security here on Thursday as an anti-terrorism court prepared to deliver its verdict in a hijacking case against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, add agencies.

    Thousands of paramilitary troops and police were on high alert in the port city, officials said. "We are alert and prepared to meet any eventuality. Police are all over the town and if somebody tries to create trouble (he) will be dealt with iron hands," said a senior police official.

    Armed police stood ready around the court building and barricades were erected on adjacent roads. Policemen on horseback were also seen outside the court.

    The area around the Landhi prison on the city's outskirts, where Nawaz was detained, also bristled with security personnel. A helicopter circled over the court area.

    Riot police equipped with shields, batons and tear gas stood by and many with rifles were perched on rooftops in the vicinity of the court.

    The sealing of roads and stringent security appeared to leave little scope for a planned mass gathering by Nawaz's supporters outside the court to demonstrate their solidarity with their leader.

    "We will not spare anybody who tries to create a law and order situation," warned a senior local administration official. He said a ban on gatherings was in effect. The violators would be arrested, he added.

    "If the verdict is positive, there will be no protest. But if the verdict comes against him, there will be a reaction," said Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of the deposed premier. "There must be a reaction because people love him," she said to reporters here.

    The sentence spared Sharif, the twice-elected and twice-deposed premier, from the death sentence which the prosecution had demanded for hijacking, a capital offence.

    He was cleared of two other charges of kidnapping and attempt to murder.

    Sharif has the right of appeal against the sentence, which, if fully carried out, effectively ends his political career.


    also see for Plane tape release.:
    http://www.jang-group.com/jang/index.html


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