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Nawaz Sharif discharged from hospital after open-heart surgery

Pakistani premier is expected to gradually begin receiving visitors beyond his close family at his Park Lane apartment.

Published: 07th June 2016 06:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th June 2016 06:00 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

LONDON: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been discharged from hospital, a week after successfully undergoing an open-heart surgery here.

Sharif's wife Kulsum Nawaz and his two sons Hassan and Hussain accompanied the Premier from the Harley Street Clinic in London to his house in the British capital last evening.

Sharif moved to his home in Park Lane after undergoing the "successful" surgery last Tuesday.

"He is in good spirits with his family by his side," a source close to the family said.

The 66-year-old PML-N leader had gone to London on May 22 for a regular medical checkup but was diagnosed with a heart complication by doctors who suggested surgery.

Premier's daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted, "Dekho, dekho kon aaya (look, look, who has come)," along with a picture of Sharif coming out of the hospital.

Meanwhile, a PML-N UK spokesperson said Sharif would like to thank everybody who prayed for him and sent their good wishes, especially in the month of Ramadan.

"People from across different communities have held vigils for his well-being. The Christian community held prayers for him on Sunday in Manchester. He is truly moved by all the prayers and love," he told PTI.

The Pakistani premier is expected to gradually begin receiving visitors beyond his close family at his Park Lane apartment here where he is said to be "fine and resting".

"He will be there for around two weeks or so, until his doctors give him permission to travel. He would be keen to get back home to Pakistan as soon as possible," his party spokesperson added.

This was Sharif's second cardiac procedure in five years. The need for the surgery arose after the premier went through a procedure called Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in 2011, "during which certain complications occurred resulting in perforation of the heart," Maryam had told the media.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani were among several world leaders who had wished Sharif ahead of his surgery.

However, Sharif had only spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the surgery.

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