Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will undergo an open-heart surgery in London on Tuesday and stay there for a week to recover fully, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif said on Friday.
The premier left for London on May 22 and was scheduled to return home Friday but postponed his return following medical reports suggesting the procedure.
PM’s daughter Maryam Nawaz confirmed the development, saying doctors recommended the surgery after “thorough scans and tests”.
“The recovery period and hospital stay will be one week,” she tweeted.
Maryam also requested the nation to hold prayers for the premier’s early recovery.
PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also appealed all Pakistanis to pray for the prime minister.
During the premier’s absence, Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar will look after and manage political affairs of the country.
The PM is currently on his second visit to London in less than two months amid a heightening political situation in the backdrop of Panama leaks.
The government and the opposition have lately been engaged in negotiations over the terms of reference (ToRs) to probe the matter, but have not been successful in resolving their differences.