PM’s open heart surgery successful: Maryam Nawaz


LONDON: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif successfully underwent open heart surgery in London on Tuesday, his daughter said. It was the 66-year-old premier’s second major cardiac medical procedure in five years.

“Surgery successful by The Grace Of Almighty,” his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif said on Twitter.

“All arteries successfully grafted,” she told her nearly two million followers.

She said the prime minister was “off the pump” and would soon be moved to an intensive care unit.

The London hospital where the procedure was carried out was not officially named. Sharif’s surgery lasted more than four hours, according to his daughter’s tweets.

He is expected to stay in hospital for around a week to recover before travelling home. A senior Pakistani government official told AFP at the weekend that Sharif, one of Pakistan’s richest men, was paying all expenses from his own pocket and “none of the state expenditures are involved”.

“It may take little over a week for the prime minister to recover and travel back to Pakistan,” the official added. A statement issued by his office in Islamabad on Saturday said he was being assisted by his secretaries and would be being kept abreast of day-to-day matters.

Sharif took power in a landslide in a May 2013 general election, for the third time since 1990. Sharif has a power base rooted in Pakistan’s richest and most populous province, where he is known as the Lion of the Punjab.

He has been under pressure since the so-called Panama Papers leak linked his family to a series of offshore companies. The premier insists his family has done “nothing wrong”, saying the claims had been investigated twice, decades ago, under the tenure of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.-AFP

PM Nawaz undergoes open heart surgery in London

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underwent open heart surgery in a London hospital on Tuesday, his second cardiac procedure in five years, his daughter said.

Sharif’s surgery comes as his government prepares to present its annual budget on Friday. It also remains under pressure over allegations of corruption linked to the so-called Panama Papers.

Sharif “was in high spirits” when he went in to the operating theatre at about 8:00 a.m. (0700 GMT), his daughter, Maryam, said on her Twitter account. She did not say how long the surgery was expected to take.

The operation was for a “perforation of the heart”, a complication from a 2011 procedure, Maryam said in a Twitter post last week.

Sharif has been accompanied to London by his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is chief minister of Punjab, and several other family members and aides.

He has travelled to London for medical treatment several times over the past year.

Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid talked to the media, said that PM underwent a successful heart surgery as special prayers were offered by people ahead of the prime minister’s surgery.

Even Sharif’s staunch opponent and political rival, PTI chief Imran Khan wished him health and a speedy recovery.

Sharif has been overseeing state affairs in the days leading up to the surgery, and on Monday addressed an economic meeting, signing off on budget proposals that include a target of 5.7 percent growth in the year beginning in July.

Pakistan missed its gross domestic product growth target of 5.5 percent for the year ending in June, hitting only 4.7 percent.- Reuters