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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Prez Zardari May Quit!

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's abrupt departure for Dubai has led to speculation that he may  quit.

The official line was that he had gone to Dubai for medical tests and also to meet his children, but army doctors who carried out a medical check declared him fit. A US magazine also quoted a former American official as saying the president had a minor heart attack and may resign.

However it is also being said that he has merely left for a medical check up and will come back.

Earlier doctors from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) had found Zardari completely fit.

Adding a new dimension, the US-based Foreign Policy magazine quoted a former American official as saying that parts of the US government were informed that Zardari had a "minor heart attack" on Monday night. He had flown to Dubai via an air ambulance.

Zardari may have to undergo an angioplasty procedure on Wednesday and may also resign on account of "ill health", the report said.

Zardari had planned to address a joint session of Pakistan's parliament on a controversy over a memo to Washington that claimed he feared a military coup after the May 2 commando operation to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Zardari has been under tremendous pressure since the memo came to light.

In September, Zardari underwent an angiography at Britain hospital where doctors declared him fit.


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