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'Dedicated' flight sent to London for PM Sharif's return

Updated: Jul 08, 2016 15:43 IST

Islamabad, July 8 (ANI): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Friday clarified that a special aircraft is being sent to London for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's return to Pakistan following his recovery, as his entire camp cannot be accommodated in a regular PIA flight.

The Prime Minister had to partly shift his office in London due to his elongated treatment after an open heart surgery in England.

A statement issued by PIA said, "Due to the premier's health issues, PM Office had partly been shifted to London, where a camp office had been set up. Now that the prime minister has recovered after his surgery and is allowed to travel, the whole Camp Office has to be shifted back to Pakistan."

The statement further explained that since there were not enough seats available on a regular PIA flight to accommodate the entire camp, "a dedicated aircraft" is being sent, reports the Express Tribune.

Prime Minister Sharif has been in London since the end of May recovering from an open-heart surgery.

He is set to return to Pakistan on July 9 after his elongated treatment in England.

Earlier, immediate family members of Prime Minister Sharif also flew to London to celebrate Eidul Fitr with him. (ANI)