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Will Pak president take flight again?

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s headaches may be far from over and there are fears that he may go for further medical treatment in the near future. Officials have contradicted this, however, saying Zardari is on the road to recovery and that he would leave for Islamabad shortly. Imtiaz Ahmad reports.

world Updated: Dec 21, 2011 00:32 IST

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s headaches may be far from over and there are fears that he may go for further medical treatment in the near future. Officials have contradicted this, however, saying Zardari is on the road to recovery and that he would leave for Islamabad shortly.

Analyst Najam Sethi said that Zardari may have misread the on-ground situation and returned to Pakistan earlier than expected.

Political observers say that the president returned to the country after a meeting between prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. During the course of the meeting, officials claim, Kayani had a phone conversation with Zardari.

The conversation took place a day after Kayani told the Supreme Court that a secret memo, which said Zardari feared a military coup, had indeed been sent to Washington. “The phone call was cited as a basis of an understanding between the president and the army chief,” said Abdul Mannan, a journalist.

The army clarified that there was no understanding and the army chief had only inquired about the health of the president. The army statement said that the phone conversation has lasted “not more than one minute.”