ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday said his party was standing by its decision to boycott the joint session of parliament to be held this week.
Speaking to media representatives outside his Banigala residence, Khan said his party would not attend the joint session until the Supreme Court makes a decision on the Panamagate case.
Khan said PTI lawmakers would not attend a joint session under a controversial prime minister who is facing corruption charges.
He said “we welcome the Turkish president to Pakistan but at the same time, we do not want to endorse a prime minister who has broken the country’s law and has engaged in corruption”.
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.
Khan added that it had become impossible for PTI lawmakers to go to Parliament given the treatment that was meted out to party workers.
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.