Malik meets Zardari in Dubai

Pakistan`s Interior Minister Rehman Malik called on President Asif Ali Zardari, who is resting at his residence in Dubai after being discharged from a hospital where he was admitted for treatment.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 23:19 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Interior Minister
Rehman Malik on Thursday called on President Asif Ali Zardari, who
is resting at his residence in Dubai after being discharged
from a hospital where he was admitted for treatment.

Besides the meeting with Malik, Zardari had a telephonic
conversation with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani,
presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

He did not give details of the conversation between
Zardari and Gilani.

Zardari was discharged from the American Hospital in
Dubai late last night where was treated for a heart condition
and moved to his private residence in Dubai to recuperate.
There has been no official word on when Zardari is
expected to return to Pakistan.

Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah said this week
that the President would return to Pakistan in time for events
to be held on December 27 to mark the death anniversary of his
late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto.

Zardari`s abrupt departure for Dubai on December 6 to
seek treatment for what officials said was a previously
diagnosed cardiovascular condition sparked speculation that he
could be on the verge of resigning due to growing pressure on
him from the powerful military.

PPP leaders have denied reports that Zardari had suffered
a stroke and that he would step down.

A close presidential aide told PTI that the President
will need several weeks to be fit and resume his duties.

PTI