Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's “heart ill” sparks rumors

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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, left, arrives with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to address a joint news conference in Islamabad, Pakist

According to AP, it reported, officials and associates stated on Wednesday that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari went forward to Dubai for medical treat on his heart after falling ill. However, the President's spokesman declined a media report that the trip meant Zardari, who has been under pressure from a memo scandal that forced the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. to resign, would cite failing health as a pretext to step down.
"All these reports are untrue, imaginary and speculative," spokesman Farhatullah Babar told The Associated Press.
Zardari went forward to Dubai on Tuesday for routine tests "linked to a previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition," the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan quoted the president's personal physician as saying. Zardari had been London in September to undergo an angiography and was reportedly given a clean bill of health.
Close associates of the president said he is currently "unwell," but did not provide specifics. His condition did not appear to be life-threatening, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Babar, the president's spokesman, echoed this diagnosis, saying "it is not serious, not dangerous." The president will return to Pakistan soon, he said.
An article published Tuesday on the website of Foreign Policy magazine quoted an unnamed former U.S. government official as saying Zardari was "incoherent" when he spoke with President Barack Obama by telephone over the weekend. Parts of the U.S. government were informed that Zardari had a "minor heart attack" on Monday night and may resign on account of "ill health" amid the uproar over the memo scandal, said the official.