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Nawaz Sharif ‘Going Back Home’

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Maryam Nawaz tweets that P.M. has been discharged from hospital but does not clarify when he’ll be returning to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is “going back home” after successfully undergoing open heart surgery in London, his daughter said on Monday.

“Doctors satisfied with P.M.’s progress and latest reports. All being well, Insha’Allah P.M. will be discharged this afternoon,” Maryam Nawaz Sharif said on Twitter. “P.M. going back home,” she wrote in a second tweet.

The tweets did not clarify whether Sharif had actually been discharged from hospital or when he would be returning to Pakistan. It was the 66-year-old’s second major cardiac medical procedure in five years.

His daughter last week tweeted to her almost two million followers that the surgery had been successful. She also posted a picture of Sharif lying in an intensive care unit bed with his eyes closed and said he was “stable.”

The London hospital where the procedure was carried out has not been officially named. Sharif’s surgery lasted around four hours, according to his daughter’s tweets.

Sharif took power in a landslide in May 2013 general elections, for the third time since 1990. He has a power base rooted in Pakistan’s richest and most populous province, where he is known as the Lion of the Punjab. But he has been under pressure since the so-called Panama Papers leak linked his family to a series of offshore companies.

The premier insists his family has done “nothing wrong,” saying the claims had been investigated twice, decades ago, under the tenure of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. The leaked papers claim his children owned London property through an offshore company.

Sharif pledged to resign if the allegations concerning him and his family were proven.

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