Modi wishes PM Nawaz Sharif well

KARACHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif well.

Sharif will undergo open heart surgery in London on Tuesday, his family and media said.

It will be Sharif’s second heart operation in five years.

“My best wishes to PM Nawaz Sharif Sahab for his open heart surgery on Tuesday. And for his speedy recovery & good health,” said a tweet from Modi, who made a surprise visit to Sharif in December as a gesture of conciliation between the two countries.

Sharif has frequently travelled abroad for medical treatment in the past year.

Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, said on her official Twitter account that the surgery would be for “perforation of the heart”, a complication from an earlier procedure in 2011.

“Prayers are the most effect & potent medicine. Millions will pray for him,” she tweeted.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party, urged all Pakistanis to pray for the prime minister.