Why this ‘Calibri’ di: Pakistanis troll Nawaz Sharif, daughter over fontgate
The joint investigation team (JIT) probing Sharif’s alleged involvement in Panama Papers graft case has accused Maryam Sharif of providing ‘fake/falsified documents’.world Updated: Jul 12, 2017 16:44 IST
An inadvertent use of a type font has landed Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a soup.
The joint investigation team (JIT), probing Sharif’s alleged involvement in the Panama Papers graft case, has accused his daughter Maryam Sharif of providing “fake/falsified documents”. The JIT said Maryam, her brothers Hussain and Hassan, and husband Mohammad Safdar signed falsified documents to mislead the country’s apex court.
The forensic laboratory inferred that the font used in the property deed, which dates back to 2006, was Microsoft’s ‘Calibri’, after examining the ‘original documents’ submitted by Maryam.
However, there’s a catch.
Sharif claimed the deed was signed in 2006 but Calibri was not even “commercially available” before 2007. His alleged goof-up has become the butt of jokes and memes on social media with many terming it as an embarrassment for the sitting prime minister.
Some even called it #FontGate.
Overheard "Why this calibri calibri calibri di"— Rabia Anum (@RabiaAnumm) July 11, 2017
When you realize Calibri font you used to forge documents in 2006 was released in 2007. pic.twitter.com/wef94GJVrK— Svengali (@AltafBe) July 10, 2017
I already thought #Calibri was the greatest font ever but I never imagined it would achieve legend status.🇵🇰— kamran Amjad 🇵🇰 (@chkamran310) July 12, 2017
Remember the ‘outrage aunty’ of ‘bik gayi hai gormint’ fame?
Who cares about Covfefe when the entire government can crumble due to #Calibri!— Ali Akber (@aliakberhabib) July 11, 2017
The Panama Papers case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in the 1990s, when he twice served as Pakistan’s Prime Minister to purchase assets in London. The Joint Investigation Team was formed by the Supreme Court to probe the money trail.