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Zardari says he's fine, vows to return soon

world Updated: Dec 10, 2011 02:44 IST

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is "fine" and will return home soon, a news anchor quoted him as saying on Friday, nearly a week after he was rushed to Dubai for health reasons that led to rumours of his resignation and speculation about a possible coup.

"I'm fine and will return soon," Zardari reportedly told Hamid Mir, a popular news anchor, who repeated Zardari's statement on state television. "I did not want to leave. My children and friends and the prime minister insisted that I go for a checkup."

'Brain bleeding, facial paralysis'
Meanwhile the News International quoted sources as saying Zardari suffered a mild stroke, causing internal bleeding in the brain and facial paralysis. Sources added that though medical test reports were clear and he was out of danger as the stroke and internal bleeding were not life threatening.

(With Reuters & IANS inputs)