ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Dec. 07) – The health conditions of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari are not life-threatening at all, officials and associates said Wednesday, in context to the whispering around that he might step down citing deteriorating health problems.
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President Zardari, who suddenly left Islamabad for Dubai on Tuesday, reportedly to undergo some regular medical tests "linked to a previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition," the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan quoted the president's personal physician as saying.
The spokesperson at presidency denied a media report that the recent visit meant President Zardari, who has been under pressure from powerful army after memogate scandal that forced the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. to resign, might use his worsening health as a excuse to step down.
"All these reports are untrue, imaginary and speculative," spokesman Farhatullah Babar told The Associated Press.
Despite a denial from President’s spokesperson; it is widely accepted in U.S. that Zardari is on his way to quit. Quoting unnamed officials from the Obama Administration, The Cable - blog of Foreign Policy magazine - said that it is growing expectations inside the U.S. Government that Zardari may be on the way out.
A former US official told the Cable that parts of the U.S. government were informed that 56-year-old Zardari had a "minor heart attack" on Monday night and flew to Dubai via air ambulance. Zardari may have angioplasty today and may also resign on account of "ill health", said the blog, which has been reporting thoroughly on Pakistan related to memogate scandal.
The rumors and whispering are believed to have some weight because Zardari has traveled to London in September to undergo an angiography and was reportedly given a clean bill of health.