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DATE=11/21/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN BLAST (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-256405 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Authorities in Pakistan are investigating a bombing at a crowded market in the city of Lahore which killed six people and injured 20 others on Saturday. As Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, militant supporters of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are reportedly claiming responsibility for the attack. TEXT: In a statement faxed to Pakistani newspapers, a previously unknown group, Al-Nawaz (pro-Nawaz Sharif), says it carried out the bombing to protest what the group calls "the hijacking of Nawaz Sharif's government by the military". The group has vowed to continue such activities until the government of the former Prime Minister is restored. Saturday's bombing, occurred in a busy market in Mr. Sharif's hometown of Lahore. The former Prime Minister's political party has disowned the Al-Nawaz group, which is claiming responsibility for the attack. Raja Zafar-ul-Haq is a spokesman for Mr. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party. //Haq Act// The news has been carried in such a manner just to create doubts about the former Prime Minister. It is a fake attempt, which is part of disinformation. There is no such group. It does not exist. //End Act// Mr. Sharif was overthrown by the military in a bloodless coup on October 12th after the former prime minister tried to sack the army chief, General Pervez Musharraf, while the general was flying home from Sri Lanka on a commercial aircraft. The plane was eventually allowed to land, with fuel left for only seven more minutes of flight, after the military seized control of the airport. Mr. Sharif, now under arrest, is facing charges of criminal conspiracy to hijack the aircraft by not allowing it to land at Karachi airport and thereby endangering the lives of 200 passengers on board, including General Musharraf. The general is now the ruler of Pakistan. The former Prime Minister denies the charges and has accused the military of hijacking democracy in Pakistan. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/PLM 21-Nov-1999 07:43 AM EDT (21-Nov-1999 1243 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .