PTI to boycott joint parliamentary session on Kashmir

Imran Khan says attending the session would mean endorsing Nawaz as the prime minister

Obaid Abbasi/news Desk October 04, 2016
Imran Khan speaks to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

ISLAMABAD: A day after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) representatives attended the All Parties Conference (APC) against the ongoing Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir, its chief Imran Khan announced on Tuesday that his party would boycott the joint session of parliament, terming “it would be like endorsing Nawaz as premier which the party would not do so”.

“We have debated about the matter in our party and decided to boycott the session tomorrow because we think Nawaz Sharif has lost legitimacy to remain a prime minister,” Imran said while speaking to the media on Tuesday.

He added that attending the session would mean endorsing Nawaz as a prime minister which the PTI will not do.

Imran went on to say that since the prime minister has ‘evaded’ giving answers on Panamagate controversy for six months now, there was no point attending the joint session.

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The PTI chief also offered two options to PM Nawaz to resolve the stand-off between the opposition and government. “The first option for Nawaz is that he should resign as a prime minister and any other leader of his party can replace him. The second option for him is that he should present himself for the accountability.”

Imran insisted that the purpose of the joint session was to express solidarity with Kashmiris which the PTI has already done in its all-parties conference (APC) and Raiwind March.

According to him, the PTI strongly supported the cause of Kashmiris, saying that his two senior leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Shireen Mazari gave their great stance in the APC.

The cricketer-turned-politician said that the government’s resolution over Kashmir was weak as the PTI strengthened it.


Ch. Allah Daad | 4 years ago | Reply There will be no Indian channels to watch, how he will spend his time during boycott.
Sabir Khan | 4 years ago | Reply Pakistan & Kashmir is first politics after. Mr Imran Khan is irrelevant. The joint parliament session will go ahead the show must carry on.
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