LAHORE - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who was due to travel to Islamabad on Monday or Tuesday deferred his return to the federal capital on the advice of his physicians.

The spokesman for the Prime Minister’s House said Nawz Sharif was still unfit for air travel as per reports of his doctors. According to media reports, the spokesman said the prime minister was feeling feverish due to infection in his leg and the doctors had advised him to take rest and avoid air travel for some days.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah, while talking to media persons, said the prime minister would go to the federal capital within this week. However, no official timeframe has been given as to when he will leave for Islamabad to resume his official duties at his secretariat.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned home on July 9 after an open-heart surgery in London on May 31. The PM landed in the city after 48-day stay in London. Since then he has been staying at his Raiwind residence. The party sources said the prime minister had not been feeling comfortable owing to pain in his leg. The wound of the leg from which a piece of vein had been taken during the open heart surgery has got infected, causing pain and fever to the prime minister.

The doctors have advised the prime minister complete rest which he will have at his Raiwind residence with his family members. For this very purpose, the PM had deferred his return to Islamabad for a couple of days, the party sources added.

On the other hand, the prime minister’s decision to stay in the city for a couple of days is being interpreted differently by his opponents.

The rival PTI wonders what fear prevents Nawaz Sharif from going to the federal capital when he has already travelled from London to Lahore, which took many hours. Awami Muslim League President Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said it was surprising that the prime minister was afraid of coming back to Islamabad. In a media chat, he advised the PM to appoint someone else in his place if he was not fit for the job on account of his poor health. Sheikh Rashid also predicted the prime minister would go back to London again. “A tough time is coming for him as the Opposition parties are joining hands to make collective efforts for an inquiry into the Panama leaks.

The PML-N leaders say the prime minister has no fears and is in high spirits. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is fast recovering and has no pressure on him from the Opposition side, says PML-N senior leader Rana Muhammad Arshad. He added the proposed protest of the Opposition would prove a failure. The PTI had failed to pressurise the government in the past and this time too it would not succeed. He asserted the whole PML-N leadership was united under the leadership of the prime minister and there was no rift anywhere in the party.