Afghan President not depressive, says his office

Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s office hit out on Thursday at claims in a new book that he is being treated for manic depression, calling them inflammatory and an attack on his personal integrity.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 23:18 PM IST

Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s
office hit out on Thursday at claims in a new book that he is being
treated for manic depression, calling them inflammatory and an
attack on his personal integrity.

The allegations appear in the book "Obama`s Wars," by
legendary US journalist Bob Woodward, which says the illness
and its treatment contribute to Washington`s unease with him.
"He`s on his meds, he`s off his meds," the US ambassador
to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, is quoted as saying,
according to a pre-release account published Monday in The
Washington Post.

The paper said that according to US intelligence reports
Karzai has been diagnosed with manic depression.

Karzai`s spokesman said the allegations in the book "are
not new" and are raised "whenever President Karzai has taken a
stance on issues of Afghanistan`s national interest".

"The comments about the president of Afghanistan are
highly inflammatory," Karzai`s spokesman Waheed Omer told a news agency.

"These kind of comments are not new. They have their
roots in President Karzai`s stances on issues of Afghanistan`s
national interests and whenever he has taken stances, there
have been attacks on his personal integrity," he said.

"President Karzai is safe and sound, and is not taking
any medication, not only for depression, but he suffers no
physical ailments at all," Omer said.

PTI