Boycotted Parliament session to prevent ruckus during Erdogan’s address: Imran

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Justifying his decision of not attending Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s address to Parliament, chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has said he did so “to avoid a ruckus in the house”.
“Our activists, especially those from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were agitated at the government’s treatment toward them [during their attempt to reach the federal capital to stage a sit-in],” Imran told reporters in Islamabad on Thursday.
“Our boycott was in no way a boycott of the Turkish president as Turkey and Pakistan and people of the two countries have historic connections.” On Tuesday, the PTI upheld its earlier stance of not attending the joint session of Parliament, saying that attending the session would be equal to endorsing the premier. About the continuing hearing of the case on Panama Papers leaks, Imran said they were confident of an outcome as “the chief executive of the country was being held accountable for the first time”.

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