ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is considering approaching the Supreme Court over the issue of Dawn's story about a high-level national security meeting.

“We have completed our basic homework and will approach the Supreme Court urging it to take notice of the government's motives behind leaking the conversation of an important security meeting to the media to malign the armed forces,” a PTI leader said.

However, the senior party leadership would take the final decision in this regard and a formal announcement would be made after that, he said.

He said that the PTI Secretary Information, Naeemul Haq, would be the petitioner on behalf of the party in the apex court and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz would be made respondents in the application.

The PTI has already rejected a seven-member committee, headed by Justice (retd) Aamer Raza Khan, formed by the federal government to probe the source that leaked “wrong” information to media about a meeting on national security.

The PTI views that some members of the committee had close relations with the ruling PML-N and it could not expect justice from the existing members.

The PTI says that the committee has been formed to brush the leaked story issue under the carpet.

The seven-member inquiry committee on last Thursday held its first meeting to formally start an inquiry into the leaked news story.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan gave an hour-long briefing to the committee.

The government and the military both have termed the story, published in Dawn on October 6, as "wrong and planted".

The Ministry of Interior on November 7 notified the seven-member inquiry committee to probe the matter. 

One representative each from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Military Intelligence (MI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are included in the committee besides others.

Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed last Thursday in a letter to the interior minister had expressed his serious reservations about the formation of the probe committee.

The federal government on November 12 empowered the inquiry committee to summon and "enforce" the attendance of any person to examine him on oath.

Through a notification, the committee has been given specific powers to summon anyone for the examination of witnesses or documents.

The story published in the Daily Dawn on October 6 titled "Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military" stated that Pakistan was facing diplomatic isolation because of its inaction against some militant groups, and civilian and military leadership were not on the same page in this regard.