ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday decided to go ahead with its earlier decision to boycott the joint session of the parliament summoned on November 17 for an address of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The parliamentary party of the PTI headed by Chairman Imran Khan made this decision, rejecting the request of the Turkish ambassador to end the boycott and join the sitting.

This development came in the wake of the decision of the Turkish government to deny a request of the PTI for a meeting of Imran Khan with the Turkish president during his two-day visit to Pakistan that will start from today.

The PTI on Saturday had announced to boycott the upcoming joint sitting of the parliament as well as the National Assembly.

“We have consulted today whether we should change the boycott decision or not on the request of the Turkish ambassador and we have a consensus decision that boycott of the joint sitting and the parliament could not be ended,” Imran Khan said, while talking to reporters in Bani Gala after the meeting.

We welcome Turkish president and have respect for the sentiments of Turkish people but in the present circumstances we cannot endorse the Pakistani prime minister by joining the joint sitting, he said.

Khan said that the PTI would boycott the parliament till the Panama case would be decided.

“We will go back in the National Assembly if they (the Sharif family) proved themselves innocent in the Panama case,” he said.

Giving the reasons for not changing the decision, Khan said the prime minister was facing corruption cases and the other reason was the use of brutal force against the PTI protestors ahead of its “Islamabad lockdown plan”.

“They arrested our workers, as well as women, I was put under house arrest and what did they do with KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak...What they did with us ...they broke the law; we cannot tolerate this behaviour,” he said.

Khan said that any prime minister in the world could not hold his position when he was facing corruption charges.

He said that PM Nawaz Sharif should have resigned seven months ago.

PM should have done the same as they proposed for former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

“Gilani was asked by the PML-N either to resign or clear himself of allegations,” he said.

Commenting on Tuesday’s proceedings of the Supreme Court over Panama Papers, the PTI chief said that the Sharif family had now changed its earlier “story” about the trail of money used to purchase Mayfair properties in London.

“Our comment on today’s proceedings is that earlier the story (trail of the money) was from Raiwind to Dubai to Jeddah and then to Mayfair. And now there is a new twist in the story as the route is now from Raiwind to Dubai to Qatar and then Mayfair,” he said.

Imran Khan said the story had been change in this way.

He said that the story about the trail of money had been changed a number of times during the last seven months.

Responding a question, Khan said that the PTI would accept the SC decision over Panama Papers as his party had done whatever it could to raise this issue.

About the veracity of the proofs submitted by the PTI before the apex court, the chairman said that the observation of the court was that it did not want to drag this case too long.

“Our evidence had three volumes and the court said that the first volume contained good evidence,” he said.

Khan said that there were proofs in Panama leaks not allegations against the PM’s family.

Replying to another question, Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak said that the PTI was going to the SC over the brutal use of force by the Punjab government on the PTI protestors on the night November 1 and 2.

He said that the PTI had not withdrawn its earlier decision to register FIR against federal interior minister and Punjab Police chief but it would be symbolic only.

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned the joint sitting on November 17 that would be addressed by the Turkish president.

President summons joint session

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned joint session of the parliament for Thursday (tomorrow).

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will address the joint session and present his vision for further strengthening Pakistan-Turkey relations.

The Turkish president will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow during which he will also hold talks with the president and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday underlined the need to increase the share of education budget to four per cent of the GDP to raise national literacy rate.

He was talking to Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman who called on him.

The president stressed upon public-private partnership to supplement public sector efforts in the field of education.

He said that a viable strategy was needed to be evolved by the Higher Education Commission to meet the challenges posed by the youth bulge in Pakistan.

The president commended the minister of state for taking personal interest in preparation of national educational curriculum and legislation to make Quranic teachings part of curriculum.

He urged on removing all illegal encroachments at Quaid-i-Azam University’s land so that the university campus could be effectively used for educational purposes.