A Font Is at the Heart of Pakistan's Prime Minister's Legal Troubles

Brandon Parsons
July 15, 2017

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before a Supreme Court-appointed team investigating allegations against Sharif family's offshore companies and money laundering.

Now, a Microsoft font called Calibri could be the key to unlocking whether or not Maryam Nawaz was involved.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the Supreme Court to investigate corruption allegations that surfaced following the Panama Papers leak, submitted its final report to the court on Monday after a two-month probe.

Sharif has always denied any wrongdoing over his family allegedly using offshore companies to buy luxury flats in a posh London neighborhood, and said his family wealth was acquired legally.

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said the JIT has exposed three generations of the Sharif family.

It also linked a number of Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif's children to several luxury London flats, which critics of the Sharif administration said were bought using funds obtained via corruption. The report further said Sharif tried to "parry most of the questions" by giving indefinite answers or by stating that "he does not remember, ostensibly to hide facts".

And so Calibri, a default Microsoft Word font frequently replaced by its colleagues Times New Roman and Arial, has become central to the investigation into whether the Pakistani prime minister's daughter Maryam fabricated documents to make it look like her family had properly disclosed details of their wealth to relevant authorities.

However, a source close to the government has told the Express Tribune that the leadership is concerned, and the "possibility to step down will be taken into account depending on how the proceedings of the Panamagate case in the top court unfold further". 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.

Sharif, the son of an industrialist, will have his fate decided by the Supreme Court, which could disqualify him or order a trial.

Investigators believe that his family had more assets than they declared and faked documents to hide it, according to Reuters.

"There is no legal, moral or political justification for him to continue", Qureshi added.

The charge was led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party has spearheaded the push against Sharif.

He had served as the prime minister from 1990 to 1993 and from 1997 to 1999.

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