Pakistani PM Sharif undergoes successful heart surgery in London

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 20:00 IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a joint news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File photo (REUTERS)

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday underwent a successful open heart surgery in a London hospital and has been moved to the intensive care unit for post-operative care.

Sharif’s daughter Maryum Nawaz tweeted that the surgery, which lasted for over four hours, was successful. She also posted pictures of Sharif in the ICU after the operation.

“Surgery successful by The Grace Of Almighty. The Prime Minister is off the pump now. Will be shifted to ICU in the next 60 mins (sic) or so,” she wrote on her Twitter account.

This is the 66-year-old prime minister’s second cardiac procedure in five years.

Earlier, Maryum said her father “was in high spirits” as he was taken in for the operation for a perforation of the heart, a complication from a 2011 procedure.

Sharif talked to his family members, including his mother over the phone, ahead of the operation.

On Monday, he telephoned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to thank him for his wishes for a quick recovery.

He had travelled to London for medical treatment several times over the past year and was accompanied on this trip by his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is chief minister of Punjab, and several other family members.

Shahbaz Sharif later briefed the media about his brother’s successful heart operation. He thanked everyone, including party supporters as well as well-wishers across the world, for their prayers for the Pakistani premier. Shahbaz Sharif also requested party faithful to leave the area around the hospital as it was causing inconvenience to patients as well as doctors.

The surgery comes even as Sharif’s government prepares to present its annual budget on Friday. It is also under pressure over allegations of corruption linked to the Panama Papers leaks.

On Monday, he had attended the budget meeting of his cabinet in Islamabad via Skype. There was criticism over his decision not to announce a caretaker prime minister during his medical treatment.

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