PM Nawaz shifted to ICU: Maryam Nawaz

Published: May 31, 2016
PM Nawaz Sharif photo post-heart surgery in London on Tuesday. PHOTO: TWITTER/@MaryamNSharif

PM Nawaz Sharif photo post-heart surgery in London on Tuesday. PHOTO: TWITTER/@MaryamNSharif

PM Nawaz Sharif photo post-heart surgery in London on Tuesday. PHOTO: TWITTER/@MaryamNSharif Express News screengrab of PM Nawaz at a hospital in London

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.

Nawaz telephones Modi ahead of open heart surgery

On Monday, Nawaz telephoned his Indian counterpart, Narender Modi, just before being wheeled in for his heart surgery at London.

Well wishes

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.

PM to undergo open-heart surgery in London on Tuesday

“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.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Indian
    May 31, 2016 - 2:06PM

    Are Pakistani Medical Facilities not enough to treat Mr. Nawaz?Recommend

  • Abbas
    May 31, 2016 - 2:23PM

    Mr. Doctor :- Please do not forget scissor during surgery. If the surgery is in Pakistan, Its may be happen.Recommend

  • Khan
    May 31, 2016 - 2:36PM

    Let’s see – foreign press mere citing NS daughter as source, not corroborating any other sources, no hospital or doctor name anywhere. Seems strange that details are so sketchy if indeed NS is getting a major operation done.Recommend

  • werewolf
    May 31, 2016 - 2:39PM

    No. Certainly not!Recommend

  • Khan
    May 31, 2016 - 2:47PM

    Most Pakistani doctors are in the UK. The Doctor who operates on the PM in London will probably also be a Pakistani…if only all this talent remained at home…Recommend

  • HHK
    May 31, 2016 - 2:49PM

    Who will bare the cost of this high expense treatment? People are dying of poverty in Pakistan!!
    Stupid PM!Recommend

  • Abu Norr
    May 31, 2016 - 2:52PM

    No, Pakistan does not have that good medical facilities. This was the reason Zardari visited UAE when he was traumatized (read it as militarized) soon after Memogate. And now NS is in UK to fix the “heart imperfection” caused by recent leakes (Panama)Recommend

  • mirestan
    May 31, 2016 - 3:34PM

    Everyone is commenting. This is so secret no one know if it is heart surgery or a simple angiography. Good luck mr. Nawaz shrief God bless you and recover fast to face your allegations and answer to the people of Pakistan. Recommend

  • SHAH
    May 31, 2016 - 3:52PM

    Actually the Med facilities are fine and are for Humans only. Recommend

  • SHAH
    May 31, 2016 - 3:55PM

    Whereas the US Ambassador was treated this week in Cardiac Institute Islamabad and he was very satisfied and had praises for the available facilities and services rendered.. He or the US Govt never felt the need to send the US Ambassador to UK, Germany, USA ..; as he does not have property, houses, flats and money stashed overseas. Recommend

  • MSS
    May 31, 2016 - 4:17PM

    Apart from the formal niceties and wishes: where is this surgery taking place? Who is running the country while MR. PM is incapacitated? What were the indications for this surgery? Unfortunately, these details cannot remain confidential. This whole process is being conducted in a very suspicious manner…..on tweets from his daughter!Recommend

  • Khilari
    May 31, 2016 - 4:24PM

    Countries like UK have strict privacy laws and they implement it unlike scandalous Pakistani media where they feel free to poke their noses wherever they want. People like you don’t realise how many restrictions are there regarding law and order in the West. I’m always surprised how lawless without any boundaries, we are in Pakistan. That is the reason we are in complete mess.@Khan: Recommend

  • Indian
    May 31, 2016 - 4:24PM

    If the PM and President goes out of country for treatment, then the country’s people lose trust to get cured.. Definitely, not a good example set by PM…
    Anyways, we wish for a speedy recovery and good health of Nawaz Sharif jee…Recommend

  • Badar
    May 31, 2016 - 4:33PM

    What a coincidence: US ambassador gets treatment in Islamabad and the Pakistani PM goes to London for heart surgery. Recommend

  • Jack Caldor
    May 31, 2016 - 4:51PM

    Before the surgery the Nawaz Sharif should have resolved his tax matters….eg.

    The trial of world famous footballer Lionel Messi on tax fraud charges has begun. Spanish authorities allege that he used offshore tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings. Messi father made a voluntary $5.6m “corrective payment” – equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest. The Spanish tax agency is demanding heavy fines and prison sentences.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 31, 2016 - 4:56PM

    Before bias comments please keep in mind that Mian Sahib is spending his own money. For this surgery not a single penny is withdrawn from national exchequer. Secondly its better to have surgery at foreign soil than Pakistan because Pakistan has very limited facilities. Imagine if whole hospital was reserved for PM and other patients were turned away. Thirdly, if there had been any danger to Pakistan o government during PM’s surgery, General Raheel had not gone to Turkey for two days official visit. He would have stayed home to tackle any dangerous situation. Actually his visit is a slap on the face of fear mongers. So, brothers, just chill, don’t be so heartless and pray for our great leader.Recommend

  • mirestan
    May 31, 2016 - 4:58PM

    According to reports, PM Nawaz Sharif stayed the previous night at his son Hussain Nawaz’s residence.

    It is expected that 24 to 36 hours after the PM’s surgery, he would be shifted back to his son’s house from the hospital.test news from his daughter .

    This is open heart surgery or any ordinary heart procedure. I cannot understand that Pakistanis are so much behind time. Only Allah can bless Pakistan.

    May be England is so advance that you can walk home after heart surgery.Recommend

  • mirestan
    May 31, 2016 - 5:16PM

    According to reports, PM Nawaz Sharif stayed the previous night at his son Hussain Nawaz’s residence.

    It is expected that 24 to 36 hours after the PM’s surgery, he would be shifted back to his son’s house from the hospital.

    This is a drama.or real mirical of modern procedure of heart surgery we do not know ?Recommend

  • Mahakaalchakra
    May 31, 2016 - 5:24PM

    Lucky Nawaz Sharif, the Amir of sole Islamic johri kuvvat, that he Never had the responsibility of carrying and handing over charge nuclear code brief case while going in coma. Other non-Islamic nuclear powers have a protocol in place to deal any nuclear response during the time the nuclear incharge goes in medically induced coma. NS perhaps told Modi on phone that he never saw the brief case so there is nothing new in nuclear situation vs IndiaRecommend

  • MA
    May 31, 2016 - 5:40PM

    I have strong doubt that PM is having a surgery. My father had one and he was required few weeks rest before he could resume work. Wondering how could he possibly run a govt after few days?. his heart won’t be pumping for next 24-48 hours anyway….
    i believe they have convoluted the whole procedure of angioplasty into a surgery saga and when the truth will come out it would be bring nothing but shame to the Sharif family and their supporters. history might call this “surgerygate”Recommend

  • May 31, 2016 - 5:43PM

    carroupt mafia….no sympathy with looterRecommend

  • Jack pot
    May 31, 2016 - 6:09PM

    Wake up and face the reality. In a country like Pakistan, nuclear decisions are not taken by civilians but by establishment.@Mahakaalchakra: Recommend

  • Khilari
    May 31, 2016 - 6:46PM

    First pictures of NS after surgery in ICU circulated in social media. May he recover soon, ameen. This should put the conspiracy theory at rest.Recommend

  • Jibran
    May 31, 2016 - 7:44PM

    Honestly, I’m finding it hard to believe this entire illness story the way it has unfunded. This family has thrived on lies and deceit. This could be another possible gimmick.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    May 31, 2016 - 8:32PM

    Looks like angiography test to check PM real heart conditions. Recommend

  • Negative
    May 31, 2016 - 9:17PM

    You can only see the negative side of things and people you do not like regardless whether the reasons are well taken or not.Recommend

  • Lunch box
    May 31, 2016 - 9:25PM

    @Jibran. Pity you and your la la land

    NS has gained consciousness and family allowed to see him. May he have speedy recovery , Ameen, so that he can face the Panama brigade who are disappointed at his illness and wanted to grill him .Recommend

  • Bilal Hussain
    Jun 1, 2016 - 12:09AM

    How come he has got so much hair on side of the head. I doubt this is nawaz Sharif pic. In his side pose pics he normally has less hairs. But this one has got thick hairs. I doubt it.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jun 1, 2016 - 12:43AM

    The same poor that are dying will pay for our billionaire PM to go abroad for treatment.Recommend

  • Pk
    Jun 1, 2016 - 12:48AM

    My countrymen, Our prime minister is survived now. He is coming back to take final revenge through democracy Recommend

  • Grapevine
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:10AM

    Compare the photographs. They don’t seem to be of the same person, unless he has grown a shock of brown hair overnight! The whole story seems to be a fabrication, like the captured drones, the Kulbhushan Yadav’s and so on…Tax evasion and seeking sympathy doesn’t get any more dramatic! Recommend

  • Common Man
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:14AM

    Hundreds of my brothers and sisters dies everyday in Pakistan due to hunger and terrorism.Recommend

  • Usman Toronto
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:49AM

    Is Mian Sahab has done hair transplant recently?
    As far I know he doesn’t have hairsRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 1, 2016 - 3:21AM

    Congratulations to our beloved leader. Recommend

  • Rustam
    Jun 1, 2016 - 3:23AM

    @Indian: – When luxury can be enjoyed, why to go for cheaper solution? For others facilities are available and operating successfully.Recommend

  • Rustam
    Jun 1, 2016 - 3:25AM

    @Abbas: Yes you are at the spot, as similar incidents are reported to be happening in India. We wish that the repeat of same cases should not happen either in India or Pakistan.Recommend

  • Cool
    Jun 1, 2016 - 4:53AM

    The picture is fake because Nawaz sharif has hair on his head!!!Recommend

  • Fakhre Alam
    Jun 2, 2016 - 11:12AM

    so literally his hair also grew during the operation? Recommend

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