ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underwent successful open heart surgery in a London hospital on Tuesday, his second cardiac procedure in five years, his daughter said.
“Surgery successful,” his daughter, Maryam, said on her Twitter account about four and a half hours after she said the operation had begun.
The premier has been shifted to the ICU, and the condition is said to be “stable”.
Earlier, she said her father “was in high spirits” as he was taken in for an operation for a “perforation of the heart”, a complication from a 2011 procedure.
PM Nawaz’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.
Nawaz, 66, was prime minister for two terms in the 1990s before being overthrown in a 1999 military coup. After years in exile, he returned to Pakistan in 2007 and led his party to a victory in a 2013 election.
He has 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.
On Monday, Nawaz telephoned his Indian counterpart, Narender Modi, just before being wheeled in for his heart surgery at London.
Since the announcement of PM’s heart surgery, several world leaders have sent well wishes.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter last week to extend good wishes to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, for his open-heart surgery in London.
“My best wishes to PM Nawaz Sharif Sahab for his open heart surgery on Tuesday. And for his speedy recovery & good health,” Modi wrote.
The Foreign Office said, “President Putin, joined by other leaders of Russian Federation, conveyed PM Nawaz Sharif wishes for successful surgery and speedy recovery.”
Earlier, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani also sent well wishes for PM Nawaz.
“I would like to send my best wishes to PM Nawaz Sharif and his family. Hope the surgery goes alright. We pray for his speedy recuperation,” Ghani tweeted.