Wednesday, November 10, 1999 Published at 22:56 GMT
World: South Asia
Sharif charged with murder plot
Mr Sharif has been in custody ever since he was ousted by the general
Pakistan's new military rulers have accused ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and eight others of conspiracy to murder and kidnapping - charges which carry the death penalty.
General Musharraf staged a military coup on that day after Mr Sharif fired him and tried to install a junior general as the new military chief.
The ousted prime minister was taken into custody, where he remains.
Ministers of Mr Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League, said they would meet on Thursday and might then issue a formal statement about the military's decision to charge the former prime minister.
The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones in Islamabad says a formal police investigation will now begin, and it is likely that at a later stage charges will be framed in court.
News of the charges against the former prime minister came on the same day that his Pakstan Muslim League announced that it would challenge the suspension of the country's constitution in the Supreme Court.
The police complaint relates to the drama played out in the sky over Karachi airport on 12 October, when General Musharraf's plane was denied permission to land.
But while the plane was en route to Nawabshah, the army staged a coup, seized control of Karachi airport, and ordered the aircraft to land there instead.
General Musharraf said that when the aircraft finally touched down, it had only seven minutes of fuel left on board.
The general accused Mr Sharif at the time of an attempted assassination and of endangering the lives of the more than 200 passengers and crew on board.
The complaint, filed by Lieutenant Colonel Attiq Uzaman Kiyani on behalf of the new military government, accuses eight other current and former officials.
The other accused are:
Police said Mr Sharif and the eight other accused had been taken into protective custody and interrogated by a team of investigators.
Mr Sharif is reported to be kept under tight security and has not been allowed to speak publicly since the military took power.
State Department spokesman James Foley said the administration renewed its call that Mr Sharif "and all the other detainees be accorded all their rights under the law and due process".
Correspondents say the military had been coming under increasing pressure to do something about the deposed prime minister.
Since he was detained almost one month ago, Mr Sharif's family and human rights activists have been calling on the authorities either to release or to charge him.
The military has said that it is also looking at other possible cases relating to loan defaults and tax evasion allegations but so far there have been no formal legal moves on those issues.