x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Mystery over Zardari's medical tests 'in Dubai'

Officials from the Pakistan People's Party are unable to confirm whether the country's president, Asif Ali Zardari, is to return to Dubai for medical tests.

DUBAI // Officials from the Pakistan People's Party are unable to confirm whether the country's president, Asif Ali Zardari, is to return to Dubai for medical tests.

The media in Pakistan has reported that Mr Zardari, 56, who underwent treatment for a previously diagnosed "cardiovascular condition" in the emirate in December, may return today for further tests.

A senior Pakistan People's Party (PPP) official in Dubai said: "We do not have any confirmation from his official spokesman in Pakistan or other officials, but he may very well come here today."

Geo TV reported that Mr Zardari would fly back to the UAE, with other media stating he would be admitted to the American Hospital in Oud Metha and stay for two days.

This was later denied by PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira, reported The News in Pakistan.

"There is a lot of talk in Pakistan about Mr Zardari having medical tests but I have no more information about that," said the Dubai official.

Mr Zardari travelled to Dubai on December 6 to receive treatment for "numbness and twitching" in his left arm and a loss of consciousness he suffered for a few seconds while in Pakistan.

He was treated at the American Hospital where he remained under observation for about nine days.

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