Pakistan's president discharged from hospital

Pakistani President Al Zardari traveled to Dubai to be treated for health problems according to his spokesman

Story highlights

  • Zardari was released Wednesday
  • Pakistan's president left intensive care a week ago
  • The president has a previously diagnosed heart condition, a spokesman says
  • There is speculation about whether the president will step down
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was discharged from a Dubai hospital Wednesday, a week after he was released from intensive care, spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
Zardari was being discharged "to rest at home as advised and to continue on his regular heart medication," Babar said.
Reports about the president's health have fueled speculation about whether he might step down.
Zardari traveled to Dubai on December 6 for what was said to be a "regular checkup."
Spokeswoman Farahnaz Ispahani said last week that the president was undergoing routine tests related to a previously diagnosed heart condition.
The trip to Dubai sparked rumors that Zardari had suffered a heart attack. But Babar has described those reports as "speculative, imaginary and untrue."
Babar added that the president went to Dubai "at the insistence" of his children.