ISLAMABAD:Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is adamant to continue boycott of sessions of the parliament ahead of Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President’s arrival on Wednesday.
Chief of PTI addressed a press conference in the federal capital today during which he announced to not attend the joint session summoned tomorrow which will be addressed by Erdogan.
He said that PTI would not be attending parliament proceedings until case over Panama Leaks was being heard by the Supreme Court (SC).
Khan held Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif responsible for political organisation’s boycott.
Imran Khan said that PTI was not ‘liable’ to attend parliament sessions after authoritarian rule of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
While talking about meeting of Shah Mehmood Qureshi, vice-chairman of PTI with Turkish ambassador to Pakistan earlier this week, Khan said that the envoy had urged the party to attend the joint session.
Erdogan is to arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday on a two-day visit.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan for a two-day official visit this week. The government plans to convene a special joint sitting of parliament on Nov 17 so the Turkish president can address lawmakers.
Criticising the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he said in the past seven months it had become clear that the government had changed its position several times in relation to its corruption.
He added that proceedings in the apex court would further show how much the government has lied.
On the Panamagate case that is being heard in the Supreme Court, the PTI chairman said the government was telling more lies to hide its previous deceits.
He further said that his party trusted the court and would accept however it decides to proceed on the matter.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique while talking to media condemned the decision of PTI to boycott the joint session of the Parliament.
“After meeting Ambassador of Turkey, PTI should have attended the joint session of Parliament,” Rafique said.
“Imran Khan is a threat to the national benefit,” PML-N leader added.
Rafique also lauded the bond between people of Pakistan and Turkey. “Love and respect to Pakistanis is taught in the Turkish homes and I feel proud whenever I visit Turkey,” he said.
Saad expresses resentment over PTI’s decision to boycott
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Tuesday expressed resentment over Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s decision to boycott joint session of parliament which is to be addressed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“The sit-in protests of PTI have marred progress of the country. Earlier, Chinese president could not visit Pakistan due to sit-ins in 2014. He was going to sign deal for investment worth around $46 billion. PTI is responsible for delay in inauguration of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project,” he said during a press briefing in Islamabad.
He said India cuts joke at Chairman PTI Imran Khan’s boycotting joint session of parliament on Kashmir. He said the government had no time to reply to Imran and Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed.
The Pakistan Muslim League-N leader suggested that Imran should quit politics and coach for fast bowling.