ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf yesterday asked the Supreme Court to take up its petition against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over Panama leaks any date during the next week commencing from October 17.

It said: “As early as the petition is decided, the better it would be for the country and for the citizens of Pakistan.”

On September, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali overruled the registrar office’s objections to PTI, JI, Tariq Asad and Barrister Zafarullah petitions on the Panama leaks and decided to hear the case in the open court.

The registrar office, however, returned the petitions terming these ‘frivolous’ under the Supreme Court Rules 1980. The PTI and JI were asked to approach the proper forum as the applications are ‘not entertainable’ under the apex court rules.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan and JI chief Sirajul Haq moved the apex court in August seeking disqualification of the PM for lying and concealing his assets.

Imran has asked the apex court to order probe into the Panama leaks and disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for lying on the floor of National Assembly about his assets. He made a request for unseating the PM, his son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and directing the Ministry of Interior secretary to place Nawaz and his family members on the Exit Control List, as they were named in the Panama leaks.

In his application, Siraj asked the court to initiate inquiries against the Panama leaks nominees. The JI application did not mention the names of PM Nawaz Sharif and his family members.

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also filed the petition in-person on September 23.

The Panama probe matter has been raised on four forums at a time. Opposition parties are pleading the case before the Election Commission of Pakistan, Parliament, high court and Supreme Court.