Calibri font is the new matter of talk in Pakistan after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted fake documents typed in the font and allegedly misled the Supreme Court.
Earlier a joint investigation team set up by the court has sent the documents which were presented by Maryam as “original documents” to the Radley Forensic Document Laboratory in London for examination.
After the forensic examination, the laboratory’s expert, Robert W. Radley, stated that he identified the type font used to produce both as ‘Calibri’.
“However, Calibri was not commercially available before 31st January 2007 and as such, neither of the originals of the certified declarations is correctly dated and happened to have been created at some later point in time,” Radley said.
Maryam had rejected the report, saying, “JIT report REJECTED. Every contradiction will not only be contested but decimated in SC. NOT a penny of public exchequer involved.”
Meanwhile, the controversy has made the font a celebrity in the country.
"Today #calibri was searched more than porn in Pakistan", one Twitter user posted.
Twitter has been abuzz with #Calibri posts with hundreds trolling Sharif and his daughter.
Journalist Mubashir Zaidi said the PM should now write his resignation "in #Calibri font".
Sharif's supporters, however, claimed that the font has been publicly available since 2004, while the font's creator, a Dutch designer named Lucas De Groot, himself told AFP in a statement that it was "unlikely" Calibri had been used in any official documents in 2006.
Maryam, 43, is being groomed to succeed her father and the charges may seriously impede her ambitions.
However, her fate is closely tied with that of her father who along with the two sons and daughter may face a formal corruption case.
Last year, the Panama Papers revealed that three of Sharif’s children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family’s wealth statement. The assets in question include four expensive flats in Park Lane, London.
The JIT was set up in May by the Supreme Court with the mandate to probe the Sharif family for allegedly failing to provide the trail of money used to buy properties in London in 1990s.