Pakistan's New President is Rumored to Have Mental Health Issues
ABC News reports that Asif Ali Zardari, the new president of Pakistan, may have some mental health problems.
After spending 11 years in prison, where he says he was tortured, he now suffers from trauma that led two psychologists to write that he had "emotional instability," including post-traumatic stress, depression and dementia, according to the Financial Times.
His time in prison was due to corruption and murder charges, although he was never convicted of anything.
Zardari, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's widower, takes power although he has a reputation of allegedly skimming off the top of every deal made when his wife was in power.
The article reports that his supporters in Islamabad, Pakistan "insist that he is perfectly healthy now, pointing out that since February he has engineered former President Pervez Musharraf's resignation, pushed a political rival out of a coalition and won a presidential election in a landslide."
"Yesterday's war may have not had the people behind it, but today's war does have the people of Pakistan -- in fact, it has the president of Pakistan, who himself is a victim of terrorism," Zardari said.
Zardari declined to criticize the United States for recent attacks on Pakistani soil and insisted he was the right man to fight the Taliban.