Pakistan’s President Discharged from Hospital

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari was discharged from a Dubai hospital late Wednesday and is said to be resting at his residence in the United Arab Emirates.

The president's spokesman Farhatullah Babar said all medical tests showed results in the “normal range” and that doctors advised Mr. Zardari to remain in the Gulf emirate and continue taking heart medication.

Earlier, the office had said that President Zardari would be discharged Thursday.

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

Sources said the president suffered a transient ischemic attack, 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.