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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s president will be discharged from hospital in Dubai on Thursday, his office said, adding that all tests carried out on him returned results "within normal range."

The Wednesday statement said Asif Ali Zardari was to "rest at home", but didn’t specify whether this would be in Pakistan or in Dubai, where Zardari’s family is known to have property.

Zardari’s illness has triggered speculation that the 56-year-old could be losing his grip on power. This is denied by officials.

The presidency also faxed a statement bearing the letterhead of the American Hospital in Dubai, giving details of the president’s health.

Signed by a doctor at the hospital, it said on admission the president was complaining of numbness in the left arm, twitching and had suffered a "loss of consciousness that lasted for a few seconds."

It said it performed procedures including an MRI scan of his brain, and that results "were within normal range."

It did not give a diagnosis.

On Wednesday, a close associate of Zardari said the leader had suffered a "mini-stroke"

A "mini-stroke" is medically known as a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted, causing symptoms similar to a stroke but not as long-lasting, because with a TIA, the blood supply is restored.

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