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

Posted July 15, 2017

In the court hearings that followed, attempts were made by Nawaz Sharif's lawyers to disassociate his daughter Maryam Sharif from Nielson and Nescoll (two offshore companies listed in the Panama Papers) with whom she was linked.

In their report, which has been leaked to media, the team alleged Sharif's family accumulated wealth far above its earnings, and says his children, including heir-apparent Maryam Sharif, signed falsified documents created to mask the truth.

The Dawn admitted in an editorial that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report submitted to the Supreme Court on the Sharif family's assets held overseas as revealed by the Panama Papers was not a flawless document. The report further said Sharif tried to "parry most of the questions" by giving indefinite answers or by stating that "he does not remember, ostensibly to hide facts".

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that he would neither quit nor dissolve the National Assembly.

The Calibri font is the default font Microsoft uses in its Office 365 suite and has been the default in the company's core products for some time, but now it's at the center of a major investigation in the Panama case. According to a report of a joint investigation team probing the source of Sharif's family wealth, a property deed dated 2006 was typed in Microsoft's Calibri font.

With growing evidence, Sharif's hold on the PM post is becoming increasingly untenable and opposition parties have increased the pressure on him to step down.

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The Prime Minister said there is not a single case of corruption or malpractice against Shahbaz Sharif and myself during our tenures in the past. Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and Bilawal Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party have warned that democracy could be in danger if Mr. Sharif would not agree to step down. Other PMLN leaders including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Raja Zafar rul Huq, and Law Minister Zahid Hamid also joined Shehbaz Sharif in his call for Prime Minister's resignation.

He had served as the prime minister from 1990 to 1993 and from 1997 to 1999.

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. The JIT also described Sharif's son-in-law, Capt (retired) Muhammad Safdar, as "untruthful, dishonest, deceitful and shifty on many accounts displaying wanting conduct".

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