Washington: The United States has said there are no reasons to believe a "silent military coup" in Pakistan as sparked by some media reports, after President Asif Ali Zardari suddenly left for Dubai to undergo medical treatment.
    
"No concerns, and no reason to believe (of a silent military coup)," the State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said on Wednesday at his daily news conference when asked about
reports in the Pakistani and a section of the US media that Zardari is on his way out.
    
"Our belief is that it's completely health-related," Toner said referring to the Dubai travel of Zardari at a very short notice.
    
On December 6, 56-year-old Zardari was admitted to a Dubai hospital following heart complications, triggering intense speculation that he may step down in the face of Army
pressure over the 'memogate' scandal.
    
Zardari's sudden departure triggered an intense speculation with an American website The Cable — a blog of prestigious US magazine Foreign Policy saying that "it is growing expectations inside the US government that Zardari may be on the way out".

Zardari's condition stable: Doctor

Asif Ali Zardari, who was undergoing medical tests in a Dubai hospital, was in a "stable" condition, said the president's physician.

Associated Press of Pakistan reported that a health bulletin issued by Zardari's physician Colonel Salman Wednesday said: "Routine evaluation of the president's condition is being carried out. Investigations carried out so far are essentially within normal range and the president's condition is stable."

Zardari abruptly flew out of Pakistan Tuesday, leading to much confusion and intense speculation. The official line was that he had gone to Dubai for medical tests and also to meet his children, though Pakistan Army doctors who carried out a medical check declared him fit. A US magazine quoted a former American official as saying that Zardari had a minor heart attack and may resign as president.

(Agencies)