Zardari’s visit comes after the US announced it was deferring $800 million in military aid to Islamabad while it sought better defence cooperation.
The United States suspended the military assistance — about one third of its $2.7 billion annual defence package — some two months after a US operation killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden near Pakistan’s top military academy.
A C-130 aircraft with Presidential team and journalists on board survived disaster minutes after it took off from Islamabad on Saturday.
According to sources foreign office officials, bodyguards of President Asif Ali Zardari and several journalists were on way to Tehran where the president has reached today.
The sources said the plane was landed 12 minutes it flew from Islamabad after being found leaking fuel.
The US supplied C-130 is considered reliable plane for the movement of high profile personalities and used by the Pakistan Army and the Air force.
It is to mention here that former Pakistani president Gen Zia ul Haq lost his life in C-130 crash in 1988.