How Microsoft's Calibri font doomed Sharif family in Panama Case

12:49 PM | 11 Jul, 2017
How Microsoft's Calibri font doomed Sharif family in Panama Case
ISLAMABAD - The embattled Sharif family that faced hindrances in substantiating their claims regarding their offshore assets missed a key point regarding the use of 'fonts' in their backdated documents leading to reputational damage.

The six-member Joint Investigation Team that probed offshore assets of Sharif family not only interrogated the wheeling and dealing of the family but also inspected the documents rigorously and found out that the ruling family submitted fake documents.

How the high-powered inquiry panel assumed that the documents were fake is a classic case in itself.

The 'intelligent' members of Joint Investigation Team, after having received the documents from Maryam Nawaz, forwarded the documents to a British forensic handwriting firm which revealed that the font used by the respondent in its documents had not been made available by Microsoft at the time.

Maryam while appearing before the team submitted two certified declarations regarded as 'original copy' about the Nescoll /Neilson and Coomber group, which according to her dated back to 2006.

However, when JIT approached 'The Radley Forensic Document Laboratory' the forensic expert Robert W Radley examined the documents and concluded that the font 'Calibri' in which the document was typed, was not made public by Microsoft before January 2007, though Maryam Nawaz claimed that the copies were original and from the year 2006.

What baffled the six-member inquiry panel was the conclusion of forensic team that the font was not available for commercial users before 2007, but Maryam Nawaz had managed to use the font in documents dating back to 2006.

The font fisaco emphasised the assumptions of JIT members that the documents were forged in a bid to bolster the money trail 'illegally'.

Soon after the 'font' portion of JIT report went viral, Twitterati took aim at Maryam Nawaz in a hilarious manner.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 22, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 22, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 292.9 296.05
Euro EUR 314 317
UK Pound Sterling GBP 372.5 376
U.A.E Dirham AED 81.7 82.5
Saudi Riyal SAR 78.75 79.5
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 783.43 791.43
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.45 40.85
Danish Krone DKK 42.35 42.75
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.39 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.92 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 954.31 963.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 63.21 63.81
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.71 177.71
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 765.08 773.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 81.57 82.27
Singapore Dollar SGD 217 219
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 329.09 331.53
Thai Bhat THB 8.31 8.46

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 22, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 216,400 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs185,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs170,068 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs198,365.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 22 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Karachi PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Islamabad PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Peshawar PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Quetta PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Sialkot PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Attock PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Gujranwala PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Jehlum PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Multan PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Bahawalpur PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Gujrat PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Nawabshah PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Chakwal PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Hyderabad PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Nowshehra PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Sargodha PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Faisalabad PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616
Mirpur PKR 216,400 PKR 2,616


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