Did a Microsoft font just expose corruption in Pakistan?

Toni Houston
July 15, 2017

Nearly all opposition parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), have asked the prime minister to resign.

The JIT in its report has said Sharif's lifestyle and that of his children was beyond the known means of income, and recommended a corruption case against him and his children.

The crisis hit the Sharif family when the Panama Papers disclosed a year ago three of Prime Minister Sharif's children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement.

While briefing the cabinet, Sharif said all the allegations made by the JIT in its report were in reference to his family's business dealings.

He said there is no single sentence which points out corruption committed by Nawaz Sharif.

The decision to convene today's meeting was taken during an "informal meeting" at the prime minister's house.

Sharif was of the view that in the Past, governments were removed by levelling allegations of Security risk and corruption. The information related to the properties in London owned by the Sharif family came out a year ago after classified documents from the Panama based law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked.

The meeting - the fourth high-level meeting in five days - was called amid reports of ruptures within the ranks of PML-N.

When the demands were not met, opposition parties such as former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan People's Party stage nationwide protests and sit-ins asking Sharif to resign.

The JIT said Maryam, her brothers Hussain and Hassan Nawaz as well as her husband Captain Mohammad Safdar (Retd.), had signed false documents to mislead the Supreme Court. They said that Sharif has no moral, legal or political justification to continue as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while chairing meeting of federal cabinet explicitly dismissed JIT report that has raised questions about the source of his family´s wealth, rejecting it as slander.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, former union ministers, members of the Senate and several businessmen were also named in the Panama Papers.

Sharif, the son of an industrialist, will have his fate decided by the Supreme Court, which could disqualify him or order a trial. If he were forced to step down, his ruling PML-N party can appoint a new prime minister until the elections.

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