JIT Report 'Bundle of Baseless Allegations', says Pak PM Nawaz Sharif

The daughter of Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif is embroiled in a corruption scandal, the outcome of which could rest on the date a Microsoft typeface was released.

"There is not a single word about the corruption committed by Nawaz Sharif in the JIT report" maintained the prime minister.

Secondly, it shows that evidence produced by Maryam Nawaz Sharif was in the font Calibri. Imran Khan, who is the leader of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, alleged that Nawaz Sharif "has now lost all moral authority" and demanded his immediate resignation.

Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah has said Prime Minister must resign for the sake of democracy in light of charges levelled in the Panama case Joint Investigation Team's (JIT) report.

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

But the Sharifs and their allies were defiant, with his ruling PML-N party dismissing the report as "trash" in a statement, and his daughter and presumptive political heir Maryam - also named in the report - vowing on Twitter that the allegations would be "decimated" in court.

Therefore, the papers submitted by her were declared to be forged because they were typed in the Calibri font, which they said was not publicly available before January 31, 2007. "Our family has been in business since 1937", said Mr. Sharif, adding he has done nothing wrong and his conscience is clear.

Microsoft's default font, Calibri, is now at the centre of a hot legal and political debate in Pakistan and it could very well end up sealing the fate of the country's first family.

The probe team said Maryam claimed herself to be "trustee not the owner" of Avenfield properties in London, which linked her to Minerva Services and Samba Financial, Geo News reported.

You may have sent an Outlook email to the wrong person or accidentally opened an embarrassing PowerPoint during a meeting, but for Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, one of Microsoft's products is becoming a real problem.

The report suggests that the courts pursue action based on a 1999 accountability law meant to help stamp out corruption.

However, she took to social media to reject JIT's report.

Despite the pressure, the PM chaired a parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday, and reiterated his decision not to resign.

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