ISLAMABAD, May 30 (APP): Spokesman to Prime Minister Dr Musaddik Malik Monday said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif did not allow his illness to come in the way of fulfillment of his official responsibilities and chaired the meetings of the federal cabinet and National Economic Council through video link just 14 hours before his heart surgery.

Talking to the newsmen here at the PM House, he said the Prime Minister was in high spirit and chaired the cabinet meeting just 14 hours before his surgery to save every single minute of the nation.

He said that the Prime Minister’s pre operation tests have already been conducted and surgery procedure would start at 0800 hours (UK time) Tuesday. Nawaz Sharif would be admitted in the hospital early morning where he would stay for a few days after surgery and later would be shifted to his home, he added.

The spokesman said that they would be kept updated about the details of the Prime Minister’s treatment as well as schedule of PM’s return as to be advised by the doctors.

Dr Musaddik Malik said world’s best doctors including Prime Minister’s personal physicians were part of the medical team; however, he said the hospital’s name could not be disclosed due to security reasons.

He said though the prime minister would be undergoing a heart surgery but the doctors have assured that it was a routine operation.

The spokesman said on doctors’ advice, the prime minister was spending some time with his family members in London but some people took the pictures and posted on social media with some sarcastic comments that was unfortunate and condemnable.

He said the prime minister was thankful to the nation including elders, men, women and youngsters for praying and extending good wishes for his early recovery.