PM Nawaz heart surgery
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.