8:47 AM EST Wednesday December 7th, 2011
The Pakistani president’s trip to Dubai for a medical checkup is sparking talk Wednesday about whether the embattled president will resign.
The trip occurred Tuesday as speculation intensified over the so-called “Memogate” scandal, in which Pakistan’s civilian leaders were supposedly coming up with a plan to unseat the country’s military leadership.
Foreign Policy, the prominent American journal, published a story Tuesday noting that Zardari left the country “suddenly,” and it asked if he is “on the way out.” Twitter has buzzed with speculation as one message said “Zardari’s nice move to resign. A clear way for martial law.”
However, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the president was getting treatment for a pre-existing heart condition and his spokesman knocked down speculation that he suffered a heart attack, an assertion that the spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, called “speculative, imaginary and untrue.”
He is having routine tests done related to his previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition, said Zardari’s spokeswoman, Farahnaz Ispahani.
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The president went to Dubai “at the insistence” of his children, Gilani said.
“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,” according to a statement from Zardari’s physician.
Zardari will remain under observation, the prime minister said. The president took office in 2008 after his wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated.
Relations between Pakistan and the United States have deteriorated.
The United States has been incensed over apparent ties between anti-U.S. militants and the Pakistani military.
Pakistan has been enraged over the U.S. raid in Abbotabad that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and most recently, the ire across the country over the killing of two dozen Pakistani soldiers by NATO forces.
Amid heavy domestic pressure, Zardari’s government had to take tough decisions against the United States including stopping the transport of NATO supplies through Pakistan, asking the U.S. military to vacate the Shamsi air base and boycotting a Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan.
But the Memogate scandal has emboldened Zardari’s opponents, who think he favors closer ties with the U.S. military.
Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, is accused of writing a memo setting out the scheme.
The plot calls for taking power away from the country’s senior military and intelligence leaders, requesting U.S. assistance in stopping a military coup, asking for American backing of the Zardari government and vowing to make Pakistan’s foreign policy favorable to the United States.
Haqqani says he didn’t write the memo, which allegedly was passed along to American officials by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz just days after the bin Laden killing last spring.
Haqqani’s resignation was followed by new allegations by Ijaz that Zardari had prior knowledge of bin Laden’s presence in Abbotabad and the strike that killed him.
Asif Ali Zardari was born on July 26th, 1955 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asif_Ali_Zardari
July 26th, 1955
7 + 26 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = his personal year (from July 26th, 2011 to July 25th, 2012) = Looking out for the best interests of his country.
37 year + 11 (November) = 48 = his personal month (from November 26th, 2011 to December 25th, 2011) = Walking away from it all.
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