Fears over mental state of tearful Afghan leader
Published 29/09/2010 | 05:00
Afghan President Hamid Karzai burst into tears on national television as he discussed Afghanistan's troubles, saying he feared violence would force his son to flee the country.
His public breakdown has increased fears over the mental stability of the Afghan leader.
Tears rolled down Mr Karzai's cheeks as he expressed his fears.
"I don't want my son, Mirwais, to become alienated," he said. "I want him to go to school here, I swear to God I'm worried, I'm worried, oh people, I'm worried."
Mr Karzai urged his enemies to "come to your senses" and stop the violence.
The incident comes days after a book was published that alleges Mr Karzai is taking medication for manic depression.
This has been the bloodiest year since 2001, when coalition forces overthrew the Taliban. (© Daily Telegraph, London)