ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Nearly one month after throwing out the civilian government, Pakistan's military rulers today accused deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and eight others of treason and kidnapping--charges that carry the death penalty.
A formal complaint was filed in connection with an incident Oct. 12 in which Sharif refused landing rights to a passenger aircraft carrying army chief Gen. Pervez Musharraf. The general responded that day by ousting Sharif in a bloodless coup.
Under Pakistani law, a complaint was lodged with the police. A police inquiry will now be launched and formal charges made.
Sharif, in military custody since his overthrow, was also accused of assembling people with the purpose to kill and of physical endangerment.