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

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

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.”

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 15, 2016 - 5:26PM

    How can a stooge of Pakistani dark forces face a Turkish democratic leader who defeated dark forces of his country? Turkey is our one of very few friends and this is how Prime Minister in waiting behaves with him. Recommend

  • sgrr
    Nov 15, 2016 - 5:46PM

    IK does not know anything about the values; our society possesses. The Guest is always a guest of whole family. In which family and environment IK was brought up; It’s a mysterious question. Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 15, 2016 - 5:58PM

    Man child.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Nov 15, 2016 - 6:40PM

    He is incapable of diplomacy and lacks diplomatic manners.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:18PM

    Bad decision

    I agree with Acorn Guts.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:37PM

    Imran is just a man baby. Always crying. Always wanting attention. What a shame.Recommend

  • Usman
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:50PM

    All the kids lecturing Imran Khan in the above comments, why don’t you spend some time googling what Erdogan has done to Turkey.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:53PM

    I tell you IK, though always bigheaded, suffered some serious brain damage after that fall..Recommend

  • Mian
    Nov 15, 2016 - 10:04PM

    Well done IK! You never fail to disappoint us. A record.Recommend

  • shaukat ali
    Nov 15, 2016 - 10:07PM

    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. Recommend

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