Pakistanâ€™s President Zardari in file photo taken August 2, 2010. Zardari had a minor heart attack and is undergoing treatment in a Dubai hospital, a source said Wednesday.
Washington: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who abruptly left the Pakistan capital for Dubai, has suffered a minor heart attack and some in the US government believe he may even resign on account of â€˜ill-healthâ€™, a media report said.
Zardari Tuesday evening left for Dubai to visit his children and also to undergo some medical tests, Pakistanâ€™s official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan had reported.
Though the presidentâ€™s personal physician Col Salman said the proposed medical tests are of routine nature and are linked to a previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition, the Foreign Policy magazine quoted a former US official as saying that parts of the US government were informed that Zardari had a â€˜minor heart attackâ€™ Monday night. He had flown to Dubai via an air ambulance.
Zardari may have to undergo an angioplasty procedure Wednesday and may also resign on account of â€˜ill healthâ€™, the media report said.
The former US government official told the website that Zardari was â€˜incoherentâ€™ when President Barack Obama spoke with him regarding Nov 26 NATOâ€™s killing of two dozen Pakistani soldiers.
Zardari had planned to address a joint session of Pakistanâ€™s parliament on a controversy over a memo to Washington that claimed he feared a military coup after the May 2 commando operation to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Zardari has been under tremendous pressure since the memo came to light.
â€˜The noose was getting tighter — it was only a matter of time,â€™ the former official was quoted as saying.
The ex-official noted the growing expectation inside the US government that Zardari may be on the way out, reported Foreign Policy.
In September, Zardari underwent an angiography at a hospital in Britain where doctors gave him a clean bill of health.
Two surgeons from the US too were involved in the medical check-ups along with the British doctors.
Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, in a Tuesday interview said a plan would see Zardari step aside.
Nawaz said: â€˜Unfortunately, it means that the military may have had to use its muscle to effect change yet again.â€™