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Musharraf, world's worst dictator!

The Parade Magazine has placed Pak President at the 17th position in the list of World's 20 worst Dictators.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 16:18 IST

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has been included among 20 of the World's Worst Dictators.

The ParadeMagazine has placed Musharraf at the 17th position in the list of the World's 20 Worst Dictators along with the likes of Kim Jong il, Robert Mugabe King Abdullah and Fidel Castro. Last year Musharraf was placed seventh in the list.

The magazine said that Musharraf seized power in a military coup overthrowing an elected government.

Appointing himself President of Pakistan in 2001, Musharraf attempted to legitimise his rule by staging an election in 2002. However, the election never came close to meeting international standards, the report said.

Musharraf also reneged his promise to step down as the Army Chief on grounds that Pakistan needed uniformed President for the sake of its political and military unity.

"Musharraf agreed to step down as head of the military but then changed his mind, claiming that the nation needed to unify its political and military elements and that he could provide this unity. He justified his decision by stating, 'I think the country is more important than democracy" the magazine said.

Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, has been placed at number 1, followed by Kim Jong-il of North Korea and Than Shwe of Myanmar in second and third position.

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan follow them at fourth and fifth position.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro who last year was placed at 13th position has been placed at the 15th place in this year's list.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 10:50 IST