Fri, Aug 18, 2017 | updated 01:15 AM IST

Panamagate: PTI to skip Turkish President's Parliament address in protest

Updated: Nov 13, 2016 11:11 IST      
Panamagate: PTI to skip Turkish President's Parliament address in protest

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 13 (ANI): The Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced that it will not attend a joint parliamentary sitting to be addressed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 17 in a bid to continue their protest over the Panamagate scandal.

The Turkish leader will arrive in Islamabad on a two-day state visit next week, reports the Express Tribune.

PTI lawmakers have been boycotting parliament's proceedings in protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's refusal to offer himself up for accountability in the wake of the Panama Papers' revelations.

"We have great respect for President Erdogan and the PTI welcomes his visit, but attending the joint session that will be held under the leadership of a controversial prime minister is not an option for the party," said PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

He said his party had a clear stance on the Panamagate scandal and the 'corruption of the Prime Minister'.

"The PTI will request President Erdogan to take some time out of his busy schedule for a meeting with a delegation of the PTI outside Parliament House," he added.

The PTI has also announced that it will continue its boycott even after the Novevember 17 joint sitting and will also not attend the National Assembly's next session starting from November 18.

Meanwhile, some PTI leaders have disapproved this decision of their leadership.

A PTI leader, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, tweeted, "The PTI must attend the parliament's joint session. Politics is always inclusive. Such actions will harm no one but the party's image and system." (ANI)

13 killed and 50 injured in Barcelona 'terror attack'

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 00:41 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], Aug 18 (ANI): At least 13 persons have been killed and 50 injured after a van crashed into a crowd of people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.

Full Story >>

Indian politician dies after falling off moving car in UAE

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 23:28 IST     

Sharjah [UAE], Aug 17 (ANI): An Indian politician was killed in an accident after falling from a moving car on Dhaid Road in Sharjah.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [United States], Aug 17 (ANI): White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has termed the white nationalists who, rallied in Charlottesville as 'clowns' and 'losers'.

Full Story >>

Two killed after van plows into crowd in Barcelona

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 22:36 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], Aug 17 (ANI): At least two persons were reportedly killed and 20 injured after a van plowed into a crowd of people in Barcelona.

Full Story >>

London [UK], August 17 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson laid emphasis on the bigger picture of the India-UK bilateral ties by talking about safety, security and freedom in the Asian region.

Full Story >>

Trump denounces removal of Confederate statues as 'foolish'

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 20:51 IST     

Washington D.C. [United States], Aug 17 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has denounced the removal of Confederate statues and monuments in cities across the country as 'foolish 'and said he was sad to see the "history and culture" of the country being "ripped apart."

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [United States], Aug 17 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has critisised fellow Republican and South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham's remarks about Saturday's deadly violence in Charlottesville as a "disgusting lie".

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Thursday allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to access to the confidential volume X of the final report compiled by six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif family's offshore wealth in relation to the Panama Papers leaks.

Full Story >>

Excited to go to Oxford: Malala

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 17:12 IST     

London[UK], August 17 (ANI): Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai has posted a tweet, announcing she is "so excited" after being accepted to study at the World's prestigious Oxford University.

Full Story >>

China submits proposal for petrochemical project in Karachi

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 17:05 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan],August 17 (ANI):China has submitted a proposal to set up a refinery along with a downstream petrochemical complex worth $4 billion near Karachi.

Full Story >>

Dutch radio station hostage crisis ends

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 16:18 IST     

London [U.K.], August 17 (ANI): A woman was taken hostage at a Dutch radio station in the Netherlands after a knife-wielding man forced his way into her office.

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], August 17 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria reacted on the United States' decision to declare Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and a specially-designated global terrorist group and termed it as "saddening".

Full Story >>

'Tackle White Supremacy first,'says Iran's Khamenei to U.S.

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 14:27 IST     

Tehran [Iran], August 17 (ANI):Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has advised the United States to get its own house in order in connection with tragic events in Charlottesville before meddling in the affairs of other countries.

Full Story >>

No war on Korean Peninsula: South Korea's Moon

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 13:23 IST     

Seoul [South Korea], August 17 (ANI):South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said there "will be no war on the Korean Peninsula ever again" and added that the United States will not take unilateral action against North Korea.

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], August 17 (ANI): An accountability court in Rawalpindi on Thursday will initiate day-to-day proceedings against the Pakistan People's Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari over his alleged illegal assets both in Pakistan and abroad.

Full Story >>

China sets up blood donation camps in Doklam area

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:06 IST     

Beijing [China], August 17 (ANI):China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with India on the Doklam standoff by reportedly setting up blood donation and collection camps in the area.

Full Story >>

Beijing[China], August 17 (ANI):With Doklam standoff still continuing between India and China, an ex-rear admiral of the Chinese Navy has warned that his country's foreign and defense ministries may issue an ultimatum to India before September to retreat to its side.

Full Story >>

Lahore[Pakistan],August 17 (ANI):A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet F7-PG crashed near Sargodha in Punjab province while on routine operational training mission on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Nawaz Sharif, sons to appear before NAB on Friday

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:08 IST     

Lahore[Pakistan], August 17 (ANI): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif and both of his sons to appear before it on Friday in connection with the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Aug.17 (ANI):Impoverished minority Hindus living in Pakistan's south-eastern Sindh province claim that they are in constant danger of being vilified and discriminated against on grounds of being non-Muslims, an editorial in the Express Tribune has opined.

Full Story >>