Pak President Frontrunner’s Mental Health –A great concern

Posted on September 2, 2008. Filed under: News, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari

Disclosures about Benazir Bhutto’s widower Asif Ali Zardari’s mental health surfaced after his lawyer argued in London’s High Court that he was too ill to testify in corruption related cases. While Zardari’s spokespeople say he has been cured, US Officials, among them Congressman Pete Hoeskstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee have expressed concern about Zardari’s mental health history.



The US is said to have serious concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal coming under the control of its prospective president, Asif Ali Zardari. Washington’s worries reportedly rose last week following the disclosure of medical records indicating that even last year doctors have diagnosed him with mental problems including dementia, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

During Benazir Bhutto’s two terms as PM, Bhutto was kept out of nuclear loop by the army. But Zardari may insist and may get full presidential powers, including nuclear arsenal control. In an email Pakistan’s US ambassador Hussain Haqqani wrote about Zardari that “obviously was affected by the torture of imprisonment without conviction…A similar diagnosis is usually made for former POWs immediately after their release but that does not preclude their full recovery and subsequent running for high political office.”


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