‘Zardari went to Dubai because of life threats’

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said President Asif Ali Zardari was forced to go to Dubai for medical treatment last week because of threats to his life.

Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 00:04 AM IST

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
on Wednesday said President Asif Ali Zardari was forced to go to
Dubai for medical treatment last week because of threats to
his life.

The government and the President`s family convinced
Zardari to go to Dubai for treatment because there was a risk
he would be attacked if he was admitted to a Pakistani
hospital, Gilani said while speaking in the Senate or upper
house of parliament.

"He was ill, he feared life threats in Pakistani
hospitals that was the reason he did not want to go to any
hospital of Pakistan," Gilani said.

"We persuaded him, we convinced him, his family convinced
him to go to Dubai," he said.

Zardari, 56, was admitted to the American Hospital in
Dubai on December to be treated for a heart condition and a
media report said he was discharged late this evening.

Gilani had recently referred to threats faced by
Zardari’s late father when he was admitted to a hospital in
Islamabad earlier this year and said the President could have
faced similar threats.

PTI