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DATE=11/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK/SHARIF (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-256096 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted from power last month by the military, says he hopes for an early return of democracy to his country. As Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, Mr. Sharif made the remarks in a meeting (Thursday) with two ambassadors from the Commonwealth groups of nations. TEXT: The ambassadors -- from Canada and Malaysia -- are the first visitors to meet with the deposed prime minister since he was ousted on October 12. Mr. Sharif was arrested the night of the coup and had not been seen since. Canadian ambassador Ferry de Kerckhove says he and the Malaysian ambassador, Dadu Abdullah, met with Mr. Sharif for about twenty minutes. /// Kerckhove Act /// We obtained the meeting yesterday (Thursday) and we saw Mr. Sharif and we established that indeed he was in good health and good shape. He (Mr. Sharif) indicated to us that he was being well- treated and treated with respect and dignity. /// End Act // The ambassador says they did not discuss the recent charges leveled against Mr. Sharif. Earlier this week, the military rulers said they investigating allegations of attempted murder and hijacking against Mr. Sharif. Under Pakistan law, the charges could carry the death penalty. The 54-nations Commonwealth has suspended Pakistan from its meetings until democracy is restored in the country. The country's military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, has refused to give a time-frame for the return of democracy in Pakistan. However, he has vowed to stay in power only as long as it takes to revive the economy and end political corruption. (Signed) NEB/AG/KL 12-Nov-1999 14:05 PM EDT (12-Nov-1999 1905 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .