Afghan Pres­i­dent wishes ail­ing Nawaz speedy re­cov­ery

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani on Sun­day wished ail­ing Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif a speedy re­cov­ery from his ill­ness.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif's fam­ily and his of­fice have said that he would un­dergo open heart surgery in Lon­don on Tues­day, his sec­ond car­diac oper­a­tion in five years.

In a mes­sage posted on Twit­ter on Sun­day, Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani said he would like to send his best wishes to Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, ex­press­ing the hope that the surgery goes al­right. "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." "We pray for his speedy re­cu­per­a­tion," he said in his mes­sage for the Pak­istani leader who is due to un­dergo an open heart surgery on Tues­day in Lon­don.

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Afghan pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani also wished Sharif well for his sur- gery. "My best wishes to PM Nawaz Sharif Sa­hab for his open heart surgery on Tues­day. And for his speedy re­cov­ery & good health," said a tweet from Modi, who made a sur­prise visit to Sharif in De­cem­ber as a ges­ture of con­cil­i­a­tion be­tween the two nuclear-armed ri­val states. 66-year-old Sharif left for Lon­don ear­lier this week for med­i­cal check-ups where his doc­tors de­cided to carry out the surgery.

Ear­lier to­day, Nawaz's brother Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Shahbaz Sharif also de­parted for Lon­don to ac­com­pany the fam­ily dur­ing the pre­mier's surgery. The younger Sharif was ac­com­pa­nied by his son Hamza Shahbaz and is ex­pected to re­turn to Pak­istan ei­ther on Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day.

On Satur­day, the chief min­is­ter made an ap­peal on Twit­ter, ask­ing his fel­low coun­try­men to pray for Nawaz Sharif's health and speedy re­cov­ery. On Fri­day, PM Sharif's daugh­ter Maryam Nawaz Sharif said on her of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count that the surgery would be for "per­fo­ra­tion of the heart", a com­pli­ca­tion from an ear­lier pro­ce­dure in 2011.

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