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PM Nawaz to chair Federal Cabinet meeting on budget via Skype

LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is to undergo an open heart surgery on May 31 in London, would chair a meeting of Federal Cabinet on budget via Skype, later next week.

According to sources, the decision was taken in a high-level meeting held at Prime Minister House, APP reported.

The meeting decided to get approval of the national budget via Skype from the prime minister, who would return to country on the advice of doctors after his heart surgery.

According to PM Office media wing, the prime minister has been overseeing the affairs of the government. He is duly assisted by his Principal Secretary, Military Secretary and other staff members in running the affairs of the country.

Sharif is being kept abreast about the routine matters of the country and his directives are accordingly conveyed to the quarters concerned.

“The prime minister is in constant contact with the federal ministers, cabinet members and other concerned. It is important to note that there are no postponements or delays in the matters, pertaining to the routine functioning of the state,” it added.

Nawaz Sharif will undergo heart surgery in London as advised by the doctors and will travel back to Pakistan on the advice of the doctors.

After his surgery in the upcoming days, the prime minister will be instantly discharging responsibilities as the Chief Executive of the country.

“It is, however, natural and understandable that the prime minister will be off from any activities when he is actually operated on by the doctors. God willing, soon after the surgery, the Prime Minister will be supervising state’s affairs with the same spirit and energy,” it said.

It further said that all current and previous expenditures incurred on the prime minister’s treatment, investigations/medical tests, lodging, etc in UK were borne by his family from their personal resources.

In this regard, no expenses were claimed from the national exchequer, it added. –APP