ISLAMABAD - The apex court Tuesday returned the petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on account of the Panama leaks, and termed it frivolous under the Supreme Court rules.

The registrar office returned Jamaat-e-Islami’s petition last week on the Panama leaks on the grounds mentioned in the PTI petition.

PTI leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani took strong exception over the return of the petition by the registrar office and said the registrar had no authority to accept or reject the petition as it is prerogative of the judges to decide the matter. He added the legal team will file an appeal against the registrar’s order soon.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday filed a constitutional petition, seeking the SC order for disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his son-in-law Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar from the National Assembly seats over corruption and alleged tax evasion.

The SC registrar, returning the petition, said that under the Supreme Court Rules 1980, the petition prima facie appears to be frivolous. The registrar office raised five objections. He stated, “The petitioner did not approach any high court for the redress of the grievance in the instant matter.”

The order said the petitioner is directly invoking the extraordinary jurisdiction of the SC under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution which is not permissible in view of the SC’s judgment.

“The petitioner (Imran Khan) has not approached any other appropriate forum available to him under the law for the same relief. He has also not provided the justification for not doing so,” it added.

Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali, appreciating the registrar office’s objections, said the august court entertains only those constitutional petitions in which the matter can only be decided without recording the evidences.

The PTI chief also made seven other respondents, including the premier’s daughter Maryam Safdar, his sons, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, the federal government, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the interior secretary and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

He sought direction for recovery of looted/laundered money along with properties purchased through offshore companies in Britain and firms in other safe havens.

He contended the premier repeatedly gave false declaration of assets, hiding properties, completely failing to pay taxes and dues, lying on the floor of the house and hushing his criminalities in connivance with National Accountability Bureau and Federal Bureau of Revenue. The PM’s family raised their assets from one foundry to 29 entities, becoming one of the largest entrepreneurs in the country, he alleged. He further alleged they looted the wealth of the people of Pakistan.

Imran Khan submitted the apex court is the last hope of the people of Pakistan and only it can throw away this yoke of corruption.

The PTI chief also referred to Article 62 (d)(f) and 63 (1)(p) of the constitution relating to qualification and disqualification of a person from being elected to the National Assembly.