Western-friendly autocrat needs a tissue

Pakistan dictator Pervez Musharraf is a softie, after all:

He seized power in a coup, has shrugged off three assassination attempts and rules with an iron fist. But for all the steel in him, Pervez Musharraf “literally wept” when he heard Pakistani troops had surrendered during the 1971 Bangladesh war with India.

The uncharacteristic admission came on First Family, a programme on Pakistan’s state-run PTV where the President, First Lady Sehba and their son Bilal and daughter Ayela Raza shared their experiences and hopes for the country’s future.

Musharraf, who described the 1965 and 1971 wars with India as “important” events in his life, said he was “emotionally hurt” when he heard the “disgusting” news of the surrender.

One person isn’t too impressed.

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