It is reported in the US media that Zardari ,President of Pakistan,is reported to be in Dubai for Treatment of Heart Attack and Dawn of Pakistan has reported that he is advised rest and kept under observation.
In the meanwhile,US Media speculates that Zardari has offered to step down in the wake of memogate and has been under severe pressure and during his telephonic talk with US President Obama on Memogate was reported to have been incoherent.
Now this is interesting.
The rumors of a Coup is possible and more than probable, considering the political situation in Pakistan,with Imran Khan being projected as an alternate to Zardari with some parties supporting him along with intelligentsia,Nawaz Sharief having scored a political point by moving the Supreme court to order an enquiry into memeogate scandal and consolidating his position .
Add to this the possibility of Zardari anointing his son Bilawal to succeed him with the support of some groups.
In this cauldron the Military stand is unclear and they seem to be upset over memogate and the attack by NATO.
Let’s see how this plays out.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari left Pakistan suddenly on Tuesday, complaining of heart pains, and is now in Dubai. His planned testimony before a joint session of Pakistan’s parliament on theMemogate scandal is now postponed indefinitely.
On Dec. 4, Zardari announced that he would address Pakistan’s parliament about the Memogate issue, in which his former ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani stands accused of orchestrating a scheme to take power away from Pakistan’s senior military and intelligence leadership and asking for U.S. help in preventing a military coup. Haqqani has denied that he wrote the memo at the heart of the scheme, which also asked for U.S. support for the Zardari government and promised to realign Pakistani foreign policy to match U.S. interests.
The memo was passed from Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz to former National Security Advisor Jim Jones, to then Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen on May 10, only nine days after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani military town of Abbottabad.
Ijaz has repeatedly accused Haqqani of being behind the memo, and Ijaz claims that Haqqani was working with Zardari’s implicit support.
Early on Tuesday morning, Zardari’s spokesman revealed that the president had traveled to Dubai to see his children and undergo medical tests linked to a previously diagnosed “cardiovascular condition.”
A former U.S. government official told The Cable today that when President Barack Obama spoke with Zardari over the weekend regarding NATO’s killing of the 24 Pakistani soldiers, Zardari was “incoherent.” The Pakistani president had been feeling increased pressure over the Memogate scandal. “The noose was getting tighter — it was only a matter of time,” the former official said, expressing the growing expectation inside the U.S. government that Zardari may be on the way out.
The former U.S. official said that parts of the U.S. government were informed that Zardari had a “minor heart attack” on Monday night and flew to Dubai via air ambulance today. He may have angioplasty on Wednesday and may also resign on account of “ill health.”
“If true, this is the ‘in-house change option’ that has been talked about,” said Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, in a Tuesday interview with The Cable. Nawaz said that under this scenario, Zardari would step aside and be replaced by his own party, preserving the veneer of civilian rule but ultimately acceding to the military’s wishes to get rid of Zardari.
In Islamabad, some papers have reported that before Zardari left Pakistan, the Pakistani Army insisted that Zardari be examined by their own physicians, and that the Army doctors determined that Zardari was fine and did not need to leave the country for medical reasons. Zardari’s spokesman has denied that he met with the Army doctors
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is in Dubai for treatment for a heart condition, the government said on Wednesday, with one source saying he had suffered a minor heart attack and fuelling speculation that the leader may resign.
The statement from the prime minister’s office said Zardari went to a Dubai hospital at the insistence of his children, who live there. It contradicted earlier reports from Zardari’s own office that the tests were scheduled and routine.
“The president went to Dubai following symptoms related to his pre-existing heart condition,” Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s media office said.
“The president will remain under observation and return to resume his normal functions as advised by the doctors.”
A presidential spokesman later quoted Zardari’s doctor as saying his condition was stable.
A Pakistani 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.
- Zardari Leaves Pakistan, Sparking Coup Rumors (newser.com)