DATE=12/20/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK / SHARIF (L) NUMBER=2-257324 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: On Monday, a special court in Karachi, Pakistan once again postponed the filing of formal charges against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his six co- defendants. The seven men are facing charges of attempted murder and hijacking for their alleged role in events leading to the military coup in October. Mr. Sharif has also been accused of collecting arms and men to wage war against Pakistan. From Islamabad, Ayaz Gul reports. TEXT: After lawyers for Pakistan's deposed prime minister challenged the jurisdiction of the special anti-terrorism court hearing the case, the court granted a request by government prosecutors to put off further arguments until Tuesday. The prosecutors say they need time to counter the challenge. The defense lawyers said the charges, such as waging war against the country, cannot be heard in court unless they are filed directly by the government. The charges against Mr. Sharif and his co-defendants stem from an incident on October 12th, when a plane carrying army chief General Pervez Musharraf was denied landing rights. The plane -- which was dangerously low on fuel -- was forced to circle Karachi until military forces gained control of the airport. Hours later, General Musharraf overthrew Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup. One month after the military gained power, an army officer filed charges that Mr. Sharif tried to kill General Musharraf and 200 passengers aboard the plane. The prosecution says the former prime minister's actions amount to waging war against Pakistan. Prior to Monday's ruling previous delays in the case were caused by a dispute over recorded evidence. Despite an earlier court order, the prosecutors failed to hand over copies of audio recording from the plane's in-flight recorder to the defense. In the hearing on Monday, the prosecution told the court it would not rely on the evidence. Although Nawaz Sharif and his co-defendants have made five court appearances, they have not yet been indicted in the case. Mr. Sharif has repeatedly denied the allegations and says General Musharraf, the current ruler of Pakistan, is carrying out a personal vendetta. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/KL 20-Dec-1999 09:08 AM EDT (20-Dec-1999 1408 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .