Zardari to remain in hospital for checks: PM office

Published: December 7, 2011
Farhatullah Babar says president in Dubai for routine checkup, reports are ‘speculative, imaginary and untrue’. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Farhatullah Babar says president in Dubai for routine checkup, reports are ‘speculative, imaginary and untrue’. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari will remain in a Dubai hospital for a heart condition, the prime minister’s office said on Wednesday.     

“The president went to Dubai following symptoms related to his pre-existing heart condition, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s media office said in a statement.

“The president will remain under observation and return to resume his normal functions as advised by the doctors.”

Zardari in “stable” condition

President Zardari’s spokesperson, Farhatullah Babar relayed a health bulletin on the President from his personal physician Col. Salman that “Routine evaluation of the President’s condition is being carried out. Investigations carried out so far are essentially within normal range and the President’s condition is stable.”

Zardari had ‘minor heart attack’: Minister

President Zardari suffered a “minor heart attack” and was in Dubai for a small operation and said that he will return to Islamabad on Thursday as he was in good health, a minister confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Mustafa Khokhar, minister in charge of human rights, told AFP that despite media reports there was “no question of any resignation” by Zardari, who is under pressure over a scandal that saw his ambassador to the US step down.

He had a minor heart attack on Tuesday. He flew to Dubai where he had an angioplasty. He’s in good health now. He will come back tomorrow. There’s no question of any resignation, said Khokhar.

Khokhar’s statement contradicted with President spokesman Farhatullah Babar’s message sent early morning on Wednesday, in which he said that the president was in a Dubai hospital for a routine medical checkup as planned and the media reports speculating on his activities and engagements were ‘speculative, imaginary and untrue’.

Other sources in the Presidency told The Express Tribune that all media reports speculating on the president’s health and resignation after his departure for Dubai were untrue.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari meets PM Gilani

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari met Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday at the Prime Minister House.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said the President went to Dubai at the insistence of his children.

The doctors are yet to determine whether President’s condition was due to an adverse reaction to the medication he was taking or a development related to his pre-existing cardiac condition.

A source in Dubai familiar with the 56-year-old president’s condition told Reuters that he had suffered a minor heart attack.

“Two days ago, he had chest pain” and decided to go to Dubai, the source said.

Six years ago, Zardari had also had a minor heart attack, the source said.

“Since then, he has been on medication.”

A Dubai-based member of Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Mian Muneer Hans, said the president landed in Dubai around 7:30pm on Tuesday.

“He walked to his car in the airport and was not on any ambulance,” said Hans, adding that he was accompanied by his doctor and petroleum minister Asim Hussain. Zardari was taken straight to the American Hospital in Dubai, said Hans.

“He’s taking rest in the hospital now. He may be there for two to three days,” he added.

The hospital’s chief executive officer Thomas Murray, contacted by Reuters, declined to comment on the reports.

“Some elements blew up this to create unrest in the country,” said Fauzia Wahab, a senior member of the PPP. “His visit to Dubai and having a medical check up is perfectly normal.”

Earlier on Wednesday, a US magazine had reported that President Zardari might resign due to ill-health. The report quoted a former US government official saying that when US President Barack Obama spoke to Zardari regarding the Nato attack, Zardari was ‘incoherent’.

Other media reports had stated that Zardari was rushed to the hospital after suffering a ‘minor heart attack’ and was undergoing angioplasty after reaching Dubai via an air ambulance.

The president’s personal physician Col Salman had also emphasised earlier that it was a ‘routine’ checkup and the medical tests were linked to a previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition.

President Zardari had earlier left for the Emirati state to visit his children and undergo some medical tests. He was accompanied by his physicians and limited personal staff. He is due to address a joint sitting of Parliament immediately after Muharram.

We wish President Zardari a speedy recovery: White House 

The US wished President Zardari a speedy recovery on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “Well, I don’t have anything beyond to say that we have seen the reports, we’ve heard what the — I guess the government spokesman has said.  And we certainly hope — wish him a speedy recovery from his medical condition.”

Carney was responding to a question on whether the White House had any additional information on Zardari’s trip to Dubai and if there was more to the story.

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Reader Comments (48)

  • Malik
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:00PM

    if you are not going to Resign
    at-least think about a redesign

    some shuffles here and there
    try to make , things work fine

    Take it serious if ya can
    don’t consider it just a whine


  • Shahzad S. Janjua
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:09PM

    Why on earth he has to go to Dubai for the medical checkup, have our doctors becomes so incompetent!!!


  • Hmmm
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Get well soon Mr President


  • B
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:47PM

    Get well soon Mr. President.

    I am a PML(N) supporter btw and shame on anyone who thinks this is time to be glib and wish him death.
    He is our president and whole nation should wish him health.


  • Muqeet
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:53PM

    @ Shahzad S. Janjua

    No, he has enough money to spend on his health!
    dont be so judgmental buddy, our doctors are not that bad…


  • Hassan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Dear President,
    The whole nation is praying for you. The nature of our prayers is not a mystery after all.

    Sincerely Yours,
    A concerned citizen


    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:59PM

    @janjua, it was adviced by the doc at army institute of cardiology to go abroad .after complete check up, president was allowed to travel.


  • Acorn Guts
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Everything aside, he is a human being after all. Get well soon Mr. Zardari and here is a hope that you’d give a moment to think about the millions of Pakistanis who are also in peril or are suffering.


  • Vaqar - UK
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:34PM


    And you were present when the doctors gve this advice????


  • Fozia
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Brilliant! We all know what the vast majority of Pakistanis are really praying for@Hassan:


  • Boy
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:39PM

    I would prefer that he stops suffering from his misery and so does the rest of the country.


  • imran
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:39PM

    get well soon.


  • Rabia Khan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:39PM

    @juanja he doesnt trust them since everyone is so against him nowadays..


  • Shumm
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:44PM

    AFIC located at Rawalpindi, 10 Mins Drive from President house is the best cardiology center in Asia. Even Americans and europians come for their treatment to AFIC Rawalpindi….Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:45PM

    @Hmmm: You definitely don’t know what’s happening around do you.


  • Hmmm
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:09PM

    @Pakistani: I absolutely know what’s going around mate. But this is basic human instinct to wish somebody health no matter how good or bad the person is. Out holy Prophet who was undoubtedly the greatest person to have lived on the planet, himself visited his arch enemies when they were ill and wished them health. I am a PTI worker by the way but I see no harm in wishing Zardari health.


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 3:30PM

    Get Well Soon


  • Shahzad S. Janjua
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:47PM

    We spend all of our life running after money ruining our health and then in the end we spend the money earning the health!!!


  • Chanakya
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:15PM


    you need to have health to spend money(if) you have !


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Get well soon Mr President. Recommend

  • Javad
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:35PM

    I doubt it is health issues. He is not coming back :(


  • Asad
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:49PM

    Yesterday there was a news that Obama phoned Zardari about the NATO attack and Today Zardari had to be flown to Dubai for a heart condition. What did Obama say that had such an effect on Zardari’s heart?


  • Zeeshan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:05PM

    God is great


  • Abbasi
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Rabia, how u assumed that.. The Doc’s with him is also Pakistan and the rest of Staff tooo.

    Watsoever is our parties affiliations but he is known as Presidnet of Pakistan… You may ask for such values how is abroad from mother landRecommend

  • khurshid
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:27PM

    Does this mean good bye zardari and welcome to our latest brand of military dictatorship? This time round, no coup, only a suffocating embrace by big brother. Media and judiciary “completely free and independent” so long as they do not question or challenge the military’s wisdom or their actions.Foreign channels (e.g. BBC) still up to mischief and revealing our true face? The patriotic Cable walas will impose censorship and take them off the war. No sweat. welcome to the Islamic Republic of Jihadis and their cheerleaders.


  • Anserali Khan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Why do our political leaders and their families have to go overseas for medical treatment?.

    Where will ordinary citizens go?.Recommend

  • Pundit
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Pres Zardari in American Hospital in Dubai.
    American…..wink wink….


  • Time
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:26PM



  • Truth Teller
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Get Well Soon!


  • Ali Tanoli
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Why there was no good doctor avalable in Islamabad..??Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:43PM


    “But this is basic human instinct to wish somebody health no matter how good or bad the person is.”

    The opposite is also basic human instinct!!


  • Amjad
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:55PM

    @Shahzad S. Janjua: Maybe you should ask all of our leaders the same question. Do you remember how Musharraf went to US for a full check up and cardiac work up. He wasn’t even an elected official but a dictator.


  • Akthar
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:57PM

    There are many insane people posting comments here demeaning the president even during ill health. He`s the Elected President & not a dictator, remember!Recommend

  • Ziz Pong
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:05PM

    @Shahzad S. Janjua:

    He has n’t gone to Dubai for fun…
    Pakistan… get ready for one more round of dictatorship…


  • Asad
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:14PM

    I think if you call Pervez Musharraf’s era a dictatorship, then that was better than this democracy.


  • Jadugar
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:16PM

    Let me speculate…Both HH and Zardari out of service…Mansoor Ijaz next president of Pakistan, installed by the only functional institution of Pakistan


  • Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:48PM


    “He`s the Elected President”

    He had been certainly elected by an electoral college of national assemblies and provincial parliaments; but he has been never directly elected by the PEOPLE as the presidents of US and France.
    Zardari is the head of the governing system of Pakistan and he has nothing to do with the people of Pakistan directly or indirectly.
    He is beyond the people, above the nation and elected supreme authority of the governing establishment of Pakistan.
    Theoretically he is above the Army. But that is another story because in Pakistan the army generals are the king makers!!

    Perhaps one day he will be enthroned as a Dictator!!


  • Arif
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Get well soon, Mr. President. You are this country’s best hope. After you it will be a deluge of Islamic fanaticism, intolerance and bigotry.


  • Mirza
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:22PM

    If President had gone to the US, Or London (like Sharif family) these same people who are critical would be after his life that he is in bed with NATO. He went to his home to his kids in an Islamic brotherly country and still the nay sayers are creating a storm in a tea cup. “The news of President’s demise were highly exaggerated”.
    Series of lie: HH would never come to Pakistan
    HH would never sue the US paper
    Now the same lies are about the elected president. No wonder “lie” is the base of all evils in Islam. Do we see any apology from anybody yet?


  • pakistani
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Get well soon Mr.President


  • Mirza
    Dec 7, 2011 - 9:49PM

    @Anserali Khan:
    Why don’t ordiary citizens go to the same hospitals where their paid servansts army men go? Where is Islamic equality when it comes to the army? There are reserved hospitals for the rulers (army) but not for civilians. Why don’t mullahs demand justice and euality? Where there is no petition before the SC CJ on this injustice with the common people?


  • Grace
    Dec 7, 2011 - 11:19PM

    At least Zaradri ws elected through a process, Musharraf took over illegaly with a gun and the dictator still had check ups overseas. At least Zardari has done it legally. Musharraaf did it illegaly. That’s the difference!


  • Truth
    Dec 8, 2011 - 12:41AM

    He is all set and Healthy :) Dubai does not offer very Good medical Services for the Elite. So GET BACK SOON MR. ZARDARI


  • Saggi
    Dec 8, 2011 - 1:51AM

    The country’s down in the drains I hope everyone associated with PPP follows zardari’s lead and leave this country alone to its fate.


  • Angel
    Dec 8, 2011 - 2:41AM

    Allah is ki mushkil Aasaaan karay.Recommend

  • Amjad
    Dec 8, 2011 - 4:11AM

    @Asad: The point I was trying to make was that a dictator who takes over illegally through unconstitutional means had a full cardiac work up in the US when he was dictator. His trips were paid by Pakistani tax payers even though the tax payers did not elect him. On the other hand, Zardari ( I do not support him politically) who is an official of an elected party can justifiably go for treatment if sanctioned by the government appointed doctors. If the newly elected president of Tunisia legally uses government funds because he is an elected representative is much better than the previous dictator Ben Ali who just appropriated what he wanted without any care to law. Maybe you need to support other dictators like Asad in Syria, Ben Ali in Tunsia, Gaddafi in Libya , Salah in Yemen in addition to Musharraf in Pak?


  • alicia
    Dec 8, 2011 - 5:02AM

    Allah in ki mushkil asan karay aur hamari bhi


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