#FontGate: Forged docs from Pakistani PM's daughter's betrayed by Microsoft Word font
Jul 15 2017
Maryam Nawaz is the daughter of the Prime Minister, and she was recently confronted by JIT.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fighting for his political future on Tuesday after judicial investigators ruled his family had accumulated unusual wealth, with his allies denouncing the findings and vowing he would clear his name.
The charge was led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party has spearheaded the push against Sharif.
Asif Khawaja, Pakistan's defense minister and one of Sharif's closest aides, earlier said the report was "full of flaws" and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party would contest the JIT findings in the court. The assets surfaced when Panama papers past year showed that they were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharif's children. In fact, the debate has gotten so out of hand that Wikipedia temporarily suspended the "edit" option on the entry for the Calibri font because so many Pakistanis were attempting to change the date the font was released to the public.
A similar meeting was held yesterday by the prime minister after the report was submitted to the Supreme Court.
Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri.
Three of Sharif's four children - Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz - are involved in numerous businesses having properties overseas.
A font might just be the political death knell for Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is now embroiled in legal troubles that began with a 2016 leak of documents popularly known as the Panama Papers. Maryam had rejected the report, saying, "JIT report REJECTED".
For this reason, teams of senior supreme court lawyers will be constituted to file a befitting reply to the weakness in the report of JIT.
The Pakistan Prime Minister has been under pressure since documents leaked in 2016 from a Panama-based law firm which disclosed that his family had offshore accounts. The Panama case has raised allegations that the Sharif family concealed assets and even failed to reveal the sources of their income. In the meantime, the country's apex court will decide on how to proceed with the JIT's report and whether to call for a trial.
The Supreme Court is likely to take up the JIT report on Monday.
Sharif's PML-N party insists the wealth used to purchase the properties was acquired legally, through family businesses in Pakistan and the Gulf.