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Pakistan’s president in Dubai for heart ailment tests

President Asif Ali Zardari has diagnosed cardiovascular condition, says his office

Pakistan’s president in Dubai for heart ailment tests
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has an existing cardiovascular condition

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari is in Dubai for
medical tests
linked to a previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition,
according to a statement from his office.

Before leaving Pakistan, Zardari held routine meetings with
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and other officials, the statement issued
yesterday said. It denied reports published in local media that Zardari had
been admitted to a Pakistani hospital prior to his flight to Dubai.

Zardari, the widower of former premier Benazir Bhutto and
head of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, received treatment for a heart
condition while living in exile in New York in 2004.

Last week, Zardari announced plans to address a joint
session of parliament amid allegations that his former ambassador to the US,
Husain Haqqani, sought Washington’s help in heading off a feared military coup
following the May killing of Osama bin Laden by American Navy Seals near
Islamabad.

Haqqani was forced to resign by Gilani and Pakistan’s
Supreme Court last week barred the former envoy from leaving the country as it
investigates the claims against him. The court asked Zardari and the military
leadership to submit replies on the issue.

A Pakistani-American businessman, Mansoor Ijaz, has alleged
he helped Haqqani deliver a message from Zardari to the then- chairman of the US
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. Haqqani denies the allegations.
Pakistan’s military was embarrassed by the raid that killed bin Laden, which
was carried out without its knowledge.

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