PTI will not attend Erdogan's address to Parliament, confirms Imran

Rejecting Turkish envoy’s request, PTI chief says party stands against PM Nawaz's ‘corruption’

News Desk November 15, 2016
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addressing media persons in Islamabad on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. SCREENGRAB

Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has upheld its earlier stance of not attending the joint session of Parliament on November 17, which will be addressed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Turkish ambassador requested us to attend the joint session of the Parliament... we reviewed the decision but have reached the conclusion to continue the boycott,” Imran told reporters in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The PTI chief said that the party’s consultative meeting came up with the decision after much deliberation, claiming that attending the session would be equal to endorsing the premier.

PTI to reassess its call to boycott Erdogan's parliament address

“The PM did not respond positively on the calls for inquiry into the Panama scandal for the last seven months,” he said.

‘We respect Turkish request’

The cricketer-turned-politician said although PTI respected the Turkish envoy’s request; it would stand by its stance against the premier’s ‘corruption’.

"There is a country that we love more than China and its Turkey," Imran said before adding, "We welcome the Turkish president on his visit to the country."


shaukat ali | 4 years ago | Reply It's OK leave him alone. He's 67 now and acts a little younger because of his charisma but in an another few years he will a spent old man whom time will forget and move on. He wasted the prime years boycotting elections and carrying out dharnas and stirring violence. Because he knows he can never win an election fair and square.
Mian | 4 years ago | Reply Well done IK! You never fail to disappoint us. A record.
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