Calibri in spotlight as Fontgate could leave Pakistan sans Sharif

Calibri in spotlight as Fontgate could leave Pakistan sans Sharif

The Prime Minister's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, is widely seen as her father's political successor however if she's found to have forged documents to hide her family's assets it could dampen her leadership ambitions.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been in the spotlight for some time over the allegations, which have prompted calls from opposition parties for him to step down.

Calibri became the default font on Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and WordPad in 2007. Opposition leaders Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) and Bilawal Bhutto of Pakistan's Peoples Party (PPP) too have warned that "democracy could be in danger" if Nawaz Sharif did not agree to step down.

"The JIT [Joint Investigative Team] report about our family businesses is the sum of hypotheses, accusations and slander", Sharif said according to Reuters. Despite being created in 2004, the font did not reach the general public until January 30, 2007. The JIT was set up in May by the Supreme Court with the mandate to probe the Sharif family for allegedly failing to provide the trail of money used to buy properties in London in 1990s. However, the ruling party leaders remarked that they will contest the "concocted" report in the Supreme Court.

When investigators looked into it, they found the font to be problematic.

While the Panama Papers did not mention Sharif but his three children were said to have links to offshore companies that owned properties in London. To prove that claim, she produced a trust deed signed by herself and her brother and dated February 2006. "One group wants the PM to resign while the other wants confrontation", he said, adding there was a lot of evidence in the JIT report to declare Nawaz Sharif ineligible for the public office.

It was not immediately clear what action the Supreme Court would take over the report, whose recommendations are not legally binding.

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.

The opposition parties have been calling for the 67-year-old's resignation after his name surfaced in the 2015 Panama Papers leak that had financial details of more than 2 lakh offshore entities.

He too has said all the business affairs were legal.

Moazam Butt, 35, also made similar comments, saying: "Nawaz Sharif made Pakistan a nuclear power, and also began the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)".