Panamagate: JIT accuses NAB of not actively examining charges against Sharif family

Saturday, 15 Jul, 2017

The meeting at the PM House was attended by the premier's brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz, other senior ministers and legal experts. While this piece of information may seem irrelevant to you - it turns out to be a key piece of evidence in a corruption investigation surrounding Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

The conclusion, dubbed #Fontgate, set Pakistani social media alight with jokes and memes, and was widely repeated in mainstream press, adding fuel to opposition calls for the prime minister 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.

The plush apartments are at the heart of the case against the Sharif family, with authorities and the opposition questioning the legitimacy of funds used to buy them via offshore companies. Two judges of the Supreme Court have already declared the prime minister as not being truthful.

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.

Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri.

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They also said that PM's hands were clean as he was not having any offshore company, therefore, he will not resign, adding Panama Leaks was a conspiracy whose directors are overseas and actors are in the country.

"As far as I know, the first public beta versions of Calibri were published in 2006", he said via a statement to the paper. While the Pakistan Supreme Court directed the JIT to carry out the probe, so far Sharif has escaped being completely pinned down and has been allowed to continue as prime minister.

The investigation team, which included officials from a military intelligence agency, presented its report to the Supreme Court on Monday.

Ever since the Panama Papers were anonymously leaked back in 2015, there has been a major shift in the political situation in many countries.

But the JIT report has laid down a number of very serious and specific allegations against Prime Minister Sharif and his children.

Chairing a meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) parliamentary leaders, the premier said he refused to do National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in Musharraf era despite several efforts.