Pakistan Court Resumes Sharif 'Corruption' Hearings

Saturday, 15 Jul, 2017

A typeface has sparked uproar in Pakistan after documents using the font were produced in a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - despite being dated a year before the design was released. While this piece of information may seem irrelevant to you - it turns out to be a key piece of evidence in a corruption investigation surrounding Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif, who has said she rejects the report's findings, has retweeted a screenshot of a Quora page saying that Calibri had been available in a Windows beta as early as 2004. The Pakistani Prime Minister's family - along with numerous heads of state - were mentioned in the leak. The JIT's report said, "She (Maryam) had been receiving heavy gifts from Rs 73.5 million to Rs 830.73 million within period of 2009-2016". To prove her innocence and to deny ownership of Avenfield apartments - an offshore asset allegedly owned by the Sharif family in London - Nawaz submitted two documents from 2006. It said that Calibri font was used in documents that were showed to be from 2006, whereas the font was not publicly available until January 2007.

The JIT probing the Panama Papers, in its report to the supreme court, accused Shairif's wife Maryam Sharif of forgery. Other PMLN leaders including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Raja Zafar rul Huq, and Law Minister Zahid Hamid also joined Shehbaz Sharif in his call for Prime Minister's resignation. (PML-N) will be holding another meeting in Islamabad on Friday to review Panama JIT report.

Khan, who said Sharif has lost "moral authority", has also demanded the Supreme Court put the prime minister on the Exit Control List (ECL), claiming he is a security risk.

Isalmabad, July14:The Microsoft font Calibri could be an unlikely smoking gun in a corruption scandal which has mired Pakistan's ruling family and captivated the country.

If the SC decides to implement the report, perhaps by next week, Sharif might either be removed or, at the very least, be rendered completely ineffectual.

While addressing an emergency Cabinet meeting here, Sharif, 67, termed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report a pack of "allegations and speculations", Dawn Online reported.

Meanwhile, another senior PML-N leader said that "non-hawkish and polite approach is the need of the hour, with the premier also agreeing".

While briefing the cabinet, Sharif said all the allegations made by the JIT in its report were in reference to his family's business dealings.