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November 19, 1999
Women protesting against Sharief's trial arrested
The police detained about a dozen women supporters of Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharief in Karachi today.
They were staging a noisy protest outside an anti-terrorism court where their leader appeared to face criminal charges.
Those detained include Tehmina Daultana, a minister in the Sharief government, which was overthrown by the army on October 12, hours after the premier had sacked army chief General Pervez Musharraf.
The charges of criminal conspiracy against Sharief arose hours before the coup at Karachi airport, when authorities allegedly denied landing permission to an aircraft carrying Musharraf and 200 others.
The plane, arriving from Sri Lanka and allegedly running dangerously low on fuel, landed after the army seized the airport, shortly before the overnight coup.
Four functionaries of the Sharief government are also accused of being part of a conspiracy, which can carry the death penalty.
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