Why PTI Imran Khan Boycott Joint Parliament Session on Kashmir Issue

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday announced that his party would boycott the joint session of the Parliament on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference after the party’s meeting at Bani Gala, Khan said he doesn’t consider Nawaz Sharif as legitimate Prime Minister of Pakistan and going to the parliament means lending him legitimacy.

“We have a clear line on the prime minister. We thought if we attend tomorrow, we would be endorsing him. But he has lost his moral authority because of the Panama leaks,” he said.

The PTI chief also offered two options to PM Nawaz to resolve the stand-off between the opposition and government. “The first option for Nawaz is that he should resign as a prime minister and any other leader of his party can replace him. The second option for him is that he should present himself for the accountability.”

Imran insisted that the purpose of the joint session was to express solidarity with Kashmiris which the PTI has already done in its all-parties conference (APC) and Raiwind March.

To a question, he said that PTI sent its representative to the meeting of parliamentary leaders despite reservations.

Meanwhile, sources say that PTI will shut down Islamabad on October 30 to press the government for Panama inquiry.