Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced an end to their over two-month-long boycott of Parliament on Tuesday.

On October 4, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had announced a boycott of parliament’s joint session, saying that attending the session would be like endorsing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who, he claimed, had lost legitimacy in the wake of the Panama Papers controversy.

The Panama Papers had revealed in April 2016 that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three children had stashed money in offshore companies. The issue was being adjudicated by a five-judge larger bench of the Supreme Court until December 9. But now the case will be heard afresh in January by a new bench to be formed by the incoming chief justice.

While addressing the media in Bani Galla after the party’s core committee meeting, PTI chairman Imran Khan said that its lawmakers will return to parliament today (Wednesday) only to move a couple of motions against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for “blatantly lying to the nation”.

“We would submit adjournment and privilege motions in the house against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s lies on the issue of the Panama issue”, Khan added.

He said: “when a Prime Minister is caught lying before the Parliament over his foreign wealth, he has to be exposed and held accountable”. “We will now see whether or not Parliament holds Nawaz Sharif accountable for his lies,” the PTI chairman maintained.

“I also ask the PML-N members to take a stand against Nawaz Sharif. This is also a test of opposition members,” he added.

“What is the use of the Parliament if it doesn’t respond to opposition’s demand of accountability?” he asked.