PM Nawaz heart surgery

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - MARYAM SAEED

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif will un­dergo open heart surgery in Lon­don on Tues­day while he has also been ad­vised to re­main hos­pi­tal­ized for two weeks af­ter the op­er­a­tion.

He said doc­tors have sug­gested an open heart surgery af­ter con­duct­ing sev­eral tests and ex­am­i­na­tions. The spokesman said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar would look af­ter po­lit­i­cal and of­fi­cial af­fairs in the ab­sence of the Prime Min­is­ter. Many no­ta­bles in­clud­ing politi­cians and celebri­ties have ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with the ail­ing Prime Min­is­ter of the coun­try. PPP Chair­man Bi­lawal also ap­pealed to the na­tion to pray for PM Nawaz’s quick re­cov­ery. The Prime Min­is­ter is caught up in a con­tro­versy at home af­ter rev­e­la­tion of Panama Pa­pers which in­clude names of his chil­dren, with op­po­si­tion join­ing hands to put pres­sure on the govern­ment to come clean on off­shore in­ter­ests of the rul­ing fam­ily.

Ex­perts say the Con­sti­tu­tion does not of­fer any guid­ance on who ex­actly is au­tho­rised to man­age state af­fairs in case the Prime Min­is­ter needs pro­longed treat­ment. But, ac­cord­ing to sources, ei­ther Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar or In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar will look af­ter govern­ment af­fairs in PM’s ab­sence. Ex­perts say an act­ing Prime Min­is­ter can­not be ap­pointed as the Con­sti­tu­tion does not give any pro­vi­sion for that. The Fed­eral Cab­i­net will carry on the govern­ment af­fairs col­lec­tively, as the Ar­ti­cle 90 Sec­tion 2 of the Con­sti­tu­tion says the PM is en­ti­tled to ex­er­cise his power di­rectly or through a fed­eral min­is­ter. The fed­eral min­is­ter, ap­pointed by him, can chair the Fed­eral Cab­i­net’s meet­ings.

—Islamabad

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