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U.S. Calls on Pakistani Leaders

November 10, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Clinton administration on Wednesday appealed to military leaders in Pakistan to protect the legal rights of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and eight others charged with treason and kidnapping.

``We have continued to raise our concerns with Pakistani authorities about former Prime Minister Sharif’s well-being and our concern he be accorded due process,″ said State Department spokesman James B. Foley. He also expressed concern about the rights of the other detainees.

The complaints against Sharif and the others _ charges that carry the death penalty _ stem from an Oct. 12 incident in which Sharif refused landing rights to a passenger aircraft carrying the army’s chief general. The general responded by ousting Sharif in a bloodless coup.

David Leavy, a White House spokesman on national security issues, said the White House is seeking more information about the reports out of Pakistan.

``We’ve made clear to the Pakistani government that any judicial action has to be transparent, has to be fair and impartial,″ he said.

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