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Maryam Nawaz forged documents, used font not available in 2006: JIT

15 July 2017

Sharif's children were linked to offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands which were then used to purchase expensive property in London, and the Pakistan federal investigation agency believed the properties were bought with laundered money.

Sharif in a statement after meeting his cabinet in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Thursday described the probe as "slander".

The meeting was to map out the strategy for Sharif family's legal defence in the apex court by challenging the JIT report, The Express Tribune reported citing sources.

Resignation aside, it was mutually agreed by all members that the party will strongly challenge JIT's report in the supreme court.

These technicalities could prove critical if the country's Supreme Court decides to take further action. The editorial found fault with the Sharif family in not going the extra mile to provide evidence and explanations to the satisfaction of the investigators. 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".

Sharif, 67, has been defiant in his condemnation of the report that alleges his family's income from business was not large enough to explain its wealth.

"There is not a single word about the corruption committed by Nawaz Sharif in the JIT report" maintained the prime minister.

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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.

Meanwhile, several opposition parties have asked Sharif to step down or they will launch a campaign for his removal. If three judges agree on the findings of JIT, Mr. Sharif could face disqualification from politics.

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.

For their part, the Prime Minister, Maryam, and the other named siblings deny the allegations, according to the BBC, with PM Sharif saying the accusations are politically motivated.

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. However, the ruling party leaders remarked that they will contest the "concocted" report in the Supreme Court.

The cabinet reposed full confidence in the leadership of the prime minister and endorsed his firm decision not to step down.

Maryam Nawaz forged documents, used font not available in 2006: JIT