LAHORE –  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Saturday after spending over 5 weeks in London recuperating from open-heart surgery.

The PM went to London on May 22, underwent open-heart surgery on May 31 and remained hospitalized till June 7.

A dedicated Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Boeing 777 aircraft brought the prime minister and his camp office back home from London as government officials and a large crowd of his supporters waited outside the airport to welcome the national leader.

Security was boosted in and around the airport for the prime minister’s arrival. According to sources, over 1,800 security personnel were deployed at the airport.

Security was also beefed up at Jaati Umra for Sharif’s arrival, and a large contingent of police was also deployed around the PM House.