LAHORE (Staff Report) – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday left for London, where his elder brother Nawaz Sharif is due to undergo open-heart surgery.

His son Hamza Shahbaz also accompanied him on the trip.

In a message released to media prior to his departure, Shahbaz requested the whole nation to pray for the speedy recovery of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif will soon be back to Pakistan and assume his official duties after treatment in London, he said.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had left for London for a regular medical checkup, however afterwards, reports surfaced that his doctors have suggested a surgery. He is now set to undergo an open-heart surgery Tuesday.

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