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Nawaz Sharif Calls for Musharraf To Be Hanged

While I have sharply criticized Musharraf in the past, I have also warned about the potentially dangerous nature of Nawaz Sharif, his past associations and his burning drive to exact revenge on Musharraf, who overthrew Sharif's government in a bloodless coup. Sharif's revenge will likely come at any cost - to Pakistan or individuals. Yesterday, Sharif whipped a crowd into a frenzy just a few hundred yards from the Pakistani parliament and the offices of the president, asking "Is hanging only for politicians?" With the crowd whipped into chanting "Hang Musharraf," Sharif called for Musharraf to be hanged, saying, "These blood-sucking dictators must be held accountable."

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif stepped up his attack on President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday, suggesting he could be hanged while addressing thousands of protesters outside the presidency.

"We asked you to quit with honour after the election but you didn't," Sharif told the crowd, referring to U.S. ally Musharraf, who overthrew him in a 1999 coup. "Now people have given a new judgement for you ... they want you to be held accountable," he said in the early hours of Saturday.

The crowd, officially estimated at up to 20,000, chanted "hang Musharraf" as it listened to the two time former prime minister's fiery speech. "Is hanging only for politicians?" asked Sharif, referring to former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, hanged by a military dictator in 1979. "These blood-sucking dictators must be held accountable."