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Musharraf Included In 'world's 10 Worst Dictators'

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Asian News International

Washington, February 13|19:37 IST

 

Even though US President George W Bush has time and again acknowledged Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf's contribution in the US led global 'War on Terror', an American weekly magazine has included Musharraf among the "world's 10 worst dictators".

 

According to the Daily Times, Parade, which is distributed with every newspaper delivered to an American home or sold on the street or at a newsstand at weekends, has compiled in consultation with Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders, a list that places General Musharraf among the 'world's worst 10 dictators" along with others like Kim Jong Il of North Korea, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, Than Shwe of Myanmar, Hu Jintao of China, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Teodoro Obiang Nuguema of Equatorial Guinea.

 

"Two years after seizing power in a military coup that overthrew an elected government, General Pervez Musharraf appointed himself President of Pakistan. He recently agreed to step down as head of the military, and then reversed the decision, claiming that he was best suited to unite Pakistan's contentious political and military elements. 'The country is more important than democracy,' he said. Pakistan has endangered the world by spreading nuclear technology. Last year, it was discovered that Abdul Qadeer Khan, head of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme, has been selling nuclear technology to North Korea, Libya and Iran. As for civil liberties in Pakistan, a woman who has been raped may present her case only if she can produce four Muslim men who witnessed the attack," the paper quoted the report as saying.

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