Zardari will remain under medical observation for few weeks in Dubai: Aide

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 09, 2011 11:00 hrs

Even as Indian media reports that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari may be flown to Britain for further treatment, Pakistan Government sources have said that he will remain under medical observation in Dubai for few weeks before returning home.

"It can take two days or even more than two weeks, it all depends on what doctors advise him," Gulf News quoted one of Zardari's close aides at the hospital, as saying.

"He may leave the hospital and rest in his house under observation of doctors, but we want him to stay here because he needs rest," the aide added.

Zardari is reportedly suffering from heart ailment and his admittance to the hospital sparked fevered speculation in Western and Pakistani media that he might be on his way out.

Zardari's name has been brought up in the Memo Gate scandal, with a Pakistani-American businessman claiming that the former had prior knowledge about the US raid that killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

If he remains in office until his five years mandate ends in 2013, and polls are held, it would be the first democratic transition of power in Pakistan.

On Thursday, the Aiwan-e-Sadr presidential palace had said in a statement that Zardari was "stable, comfortable and was resting,"

"Initial tests and investigations have been within normal range while further tests will be carried out," it added.

The reports from India are yet to be confirmed by the Pakistan Government. (ANI)

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