Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

The Microsoft Font That Has Scandalized Pakistan's First Family

PML-N to challenge JIT report Sharif family's tax returns turned out to be handy for JIT
Sammy Stanley | 15 July, 2017, 00:24

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is now embroiled in a money laundering case along with her brothers, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, as well as her husband Mohammad Safdar.

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.

But the font's creator, a Dutch designer named Lucas De Groot, told AFP in a statement that it was "unlikely" Calibri had been used in any official documents in 2006. The assets surfaced when Panama papers past year showed that they were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharif's children.

Pointing to the opposition parties who have been demanding his resignation following the release of the report, Sharif said: "The people of Pakistan have elected me and only they can remove me from this post".

While presiding over the Parliamentary Party meeting of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Islamabad, the prime minister said none of the politicians in Pakistan ever presented himself for accountability. It was made available to volume license customers (resellers) on November 30, 2006, and later to retail on January 30, 2007, the same respective release dates of Windows Vista.

Microsoft's Calibri font was used to type certified papers naming Sharif's daughter Maryam as a trustee for several of the family's high-end London properties.

The report concluded that the "accumulation of Maryam's assets shows a drastic hike in the early 1990s with no declared source of income".

The hashtag #FontGate has exploded across Pakistan as citizens take to social media to poke fun at the government after claims documents were falsified as part of a 2017 corruption probe involving the country's leader.

Ever since the Panama Papers were anonymously leaked back in 2015, there has been a major shift in the political situation in many countries.

The report by the investigative team goes on to claim the Sharif family had accrued substantial wealth far exceeding their earnings, leading to a call by Opposition leader Imran Khan for Mr Sharif to step down.

Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz tweeted saying: "JIT report REJECTED".

Meanwhile, another senior PML-N leader said that "non-hawkish and polite approach is the need of the hour, with the premier also agreeing". Sharif's son, Hussain, is also under investigation.

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