Pakistani PM's Daughter Could Be Brought Down by a Font

Microsoft Calibri at center of corruption scandal
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2017 5:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – The biggest political scandal going in Pakistan is now centered on, of all things, a font. Pakistan's supreme court is investigating Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister's daughter, for corruption stemming from documents found in the 2016 Panama Papers, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC, the documents indicate Sharif was the owner of a number of off-shore companies that purchased multiple expensive London apartments. Sharif claims she was merely a trustee of the companies, which were actually owned by her brother. To prove that claim, she produced a trust deed signed by herself and her brother and dated February 2006. Here's the problem: The deed appears to be typed in the Microsoft Calibri font, which wasn't rolled out until 2007.

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The designer of Calibri says it would have taken "serious effort" to get a hold of Calibri before it was included in Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Visa and it's "unlikely" anyone would have used it for an official document in 2006, Al Jazeera reports. What's being dubbed "Fontgate" has set off a storm of jokes on Pakistani social media. "Govt. should declare #Calibri Pakistan's National Font," states one Twitter user. "Today #calibri was searched more than porn in Pakistan," quips another. Already facing corruption allegations, Sharif, who is seen as a contender to follow in her father's footsteps as prime minister, could face fraud charges if it's determined she forged the trust deed. (Read more font stories.)

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