Pakistan president says he's fine

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 09, 2011 6:03 AM
Pakistan president says he's fine

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani 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 rumors 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."

(Writing by Chris Allbritton; additional reporting by Qasim Nauman; Editing by Ron Popeski)