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Zardari to be discharged from hospital: Doctor

world Updated: Dec 15, 2011 01:35 IST

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to be discharged from a Dubai hospital on Thursday, his doctor said. Zardari, 56, was rushed to hospital early last week, triggering speculation he might resign.

"All investigations are within normal range and he was kept for observation for a few more days and is planned to be discharged on 15 December 2011 to rest at home as advised and to continue on his regular heart medications," Dr Khaldoun Taha was quoted by the President's office as saying on Wednesday.

The statement said that Zardari was brought in, awake and conscious, with numbness and twitching in his left arm and loss of consciousness for a few seconds. Zardari likely suffered a transient ischemic attack, sources have said, which can produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage to the brain.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told the BBC in an interview published on its website on Sunday that Zardari was making rapid progress in hospital, but needed to rest for two more weeks before returning home.

He denied reports that the president had suffered a stroke and that country's powerful army was trying to oust him.

Zardari suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes and has been under heavy pressure in recent weeks following the resignation of the ambassador to Washington over an alleged memo to the Pentagon asking for help in forestalling a feared coup attempt in May.