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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
Pratik Prasenjit
The joint investigation team (JIT) probing Sharif’s alleged involvment in Panama Papers graft case has accused Maryam Sharif of  providing ‘fake/falsified documents’.
The joint investigation team (JIT) probing Sharif’s alleged involvment in Panama Papers graft case has accused Maryam Sharif of providing ‘fake/falsified documents’.(AFP Photo)

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.

Read | Calibri font spells trouble for Maryam Sharif

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.

Remember the ‘outrage aunty’ of ‘bik gayi hai gormint’ fame?

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.