Prior to Musharraf's resignation, Sharif had called for the leader to be tried for treason [JURIST report], labeling him a traitor disloyal to Pakistan and saying he should be punished for the "damage" done to the country in the years since his military coup [BBC backgrounder] unseated Sharif in 1999. In 2000, Sharif was convicted for his involvement in an attempt to prevent Musharraf's plane from landing in Pakistan during the 1999 coup. This conviction has been central to the litigation [JURIST report] determining Sharif's eligibility to run for office in the future.
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