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Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has found himself in the center of a pretty serious scandal - and the smoking gun is one of Microsoft's fonts.

In April, the Supreme Court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to remove Sharif from office - by a split 2-3 verdict - on the back of the Panama Papers leaks, but it ordered further investigations. Information in the leak suggested several of Sharif's children used shell companies to purchase real estate without disclosing the details to authorities.

Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also demanded resignation from the premier, saying Nawaz Sharif will have to resign on legal grounds.

But that may soon change - all because of the Calibri clue. But the documents were dated from 2006 - and Calibri wasn't widely available at that point, making a good case that they were forged. It was made available to volume license customers (resellers) on November 30, 2006, and later to retail on January 30, 2007, the same respective release dates of Windows Vista.

The whole thing has prompted a tweet storm with the hastag #Fontgate.

However, the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) now alleges the documents are fake and created to dupe the Supreme Court.

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Responding to the allegations, Sharif said, "The JIT report about our family businesses is the sum of hypotheses, accusations and slander". Investigators noticed that documents handed over by the prime minister's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, were typed up in the font Calibri.

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".

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.

The meeting was called earlier today to chart the government's strategy following submission of the final report to the apex court by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Nonetheless, Sharif, who is serving his third term as prime minister, has written off the report's legitimacy. Although owning property is not illegal but opposition parties have questioned if public money was used to buy them.

The Federal Cabinet in its meeting held on Thursday also endorsed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to not step down.



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