'Traitor' Musharraf Should Be Tried: Sharif

Pakistan coalition continues to disagree on president's fate
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 2:14 PM CDT
An activist of Pakistani religious party Jamat-i-Islami waves a Pakistani flag before the model of Chaghi mountain, the site of Pakistan's nuclear test Wednesday, May 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
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(Newser) – Nawaz Sharif labeled Pervez Musharraf a "traitor" today, and claimed his allies in Pakistan's coalition government had agreed to oust the president, the AP reports. "A high treason case should be registered against him and he should be given the punishment of a traitor," Sharif told members of his Pakistan Muslim League. "There is no need to give him a safe exit." 

Representatives of the Pakistan People's Party, the majority coalition partner headed by Asif Ali Zardari, said Sharif had gone a bit far. The PPP has long favored the more gradual tactic of a constitutional amendment that would take away Musharraf’s undemocratic special powers, but said it could “think about” impeachment if the rest of the coalition backed it unanimously.