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Pakistan's President to Leave Dubai Hospital Thursday

December 14, 2011

VOA News

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari is set to be discharged from a Dubai hospital on Thursday.

The president's office said Wednesday that all medical tests showed results in the "normal range" and that doctors advised Zardari to rest at home and continue taking heart medication.

The 56-year old Pakistani leader traveled to the United Arab Emirates last week for treatment after falling ill. Doctors said when Zardari was admitted, he suffered from numbness in the arm, twitching, and a loss of consciousness for a few seconds.

Sources say the president suffered a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, which produces stroke-like symptoms.

President Zardari's hospitalization spurred rumors of his resignation. He is facing pressure from a memo scandal that led to the resignation last month of Pakistan's ambassador the United States.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has denied reports that Mr. Zardari suffered a stroke or offered to step down from his post.

In October, Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz publicly accused former Ambassador Hussain Haqqani of writing an unsigned memo requesting U.S. assistance to prevent a feared military coup in Pakistan. The letter was reportedly sent in May to Admiral Mike Mullen, the top U.S. military official at the time.

In return for U.S. help in preventing a military coup in Pakistan, the memo said a new national security team would conduct a full inquiry into allegations that Pakistan harbored al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The new team also would hand over top al-Qaida members and ensure that Pakistan's military spy agency cuts ties to the Taliban, the Haqqani terrorist network and other groups.

Haqqani has denied any connection with the memo, and was replaced by former Information Minister Sherry Rehman.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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