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 Life-term for Sharif, others freed
The ousted Pakistani Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, was convicted and sentenced to a 25-year-long life sentence on charges of hijacking and terrorism by a special anti- terrorist court judge, Mr. Rehmat Hussain Jaffri, today.

'He did it in the heat of passion'
Pakistan's deposed Premier, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, was sentenced only to life imprisonment for plane hijacking and terrorism because he had acted ``in the heat of passion'' and the attempt had failed, the judge, Mr. Rehmat Hussain Jafri, said.

 Vajpayee rules out roll-back of prices
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today virtually ruled out a roll-back of recent price hikes on the plea that they were dictated by the state of the economy, and appealed for national consensus on all major issues confronting the country.

Central ban soon on PWG naxals, says Advani
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today said the ban on the People's War Group (PWG) would be imposed soon.

Nod for LPG as auto fuel
The Government has decided to permit use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an auto-fuel and allow alterations in vehicles to run them on LPG. The Union Cabinet last night decided to amend the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, which dealt with alteration in motor vehicles from one fuel to another, except LPG.

PWG blasts building
Naxalites belonging to the People's War Group (PWG) exploded a bomb at a block office in Kalimela on the Andhra Orissa border last night and the whole building was razed to the ground, police said.

Probe into police firing
Mr. Justice S. Ratnavel Pandian, a retired Judge of the Supreme Court, will head the one-man judicial commission to inquire the circumstances that led to the police firing in a village in Anantnag district on Monday in which eight persons were killed and several injured.

India chooses to keep mum for now
The Government is closely monitoring the political developments in Pakistan in the wake of the sentencing of the deposed Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, but is unwilling to speak out. It appears to have chosen not to comment on the verdict. The silence, however, does not mean a lack of interest in the fate of Mr. Sharif. Senior officials here were glued to the television sets this morning to find out the outcome of the Sharif trial.

Sentence rekindles sympathy
Though seen as an internal affair of Pakistan, the life sentence for its deposed Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, has evoked tremendous interest here because of its implications for that country's politics which, in turn, has a bearing on the relationship with India. There was a strong feeling that Mr. Sharif's life was saved by the intervention of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton.


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