#Fontgate: Twitter frenzy as JIT alleges Maryam Nawaz forged documents with Calibri font

Published: July 11, 2017


Twitter was abuzz on Monday as a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing offshore assets of the ruling Sharif family submitted its final report to the Supreme Court.

From tweeting points from the JIT report to analysis and predicting the fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Twitterati had a field day. It was no surprise then when taking a spin at Panamgate someone came up with #Fontgate to discuss the alleged forging of documents submitted by Maryam Nawaz.

In its report, the JIT concluded that Maryam Nawaz is the real and ultimate beneficial owner of the Avenfield apartments. She never declared the ownership of these overseas properties, submitted fake documents and misled the Supreme Court, concluded the JIT.

‘Woh mard nahi jo dar jaye’, tweets Maryam Nawaz

A picture from one of the pages of JIT’s report made rounds on Twitter stating that the font used on the declaration submitted by Maryam was Calibri, which was not commercially available before January 31, 2007. This ultimately suggests that the submissions were fabricated, thus leaving Twitterati in a frenzy.


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Reader Comments (28)

  • Skeptic
    Jul 11, 2017 - 12:28PM

    Please read the article regarding Calibri font on Wikipedia,
    Font was introduced in 2004, became part of MS Office in 2007 but was available in windows before that.Recommend

  • salman
    Jul 11, 2017 - 12:34PM

    Too funny. I hope pmln don’t now claim that Microsoft are also involved in the “conspiracy”Recommend

  • Rasheed
    Jul 11, 2017 - 12:55PM

    Calibri font was the default font in Office 2007, but it existed in Windows Vista (Longhorn version) since 2004.Recommend

  • Amir Sultan
    Jul 11, 2017 - 1:26PM

    To those saying it was available this investigation was conducted by London’s Radley Forensic Document Laboratory not our JIT itself so there is pretty much no room for getting out of this mess.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Jul 11, 2017 - 1:27PM

    This all false propaganda against NS.Recommend

  • phatwangun
    Jul 11, 2017 - 1:44PM

    Dear patwari,the page says calibri was designed in 2004 and reached the general public in 2007 through MS Office.You patwaris should use google translate before posting any response.You have made the mess of supreme court rules before also…Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 11, 2017 - 1:53PM

    Please re read Wikipedia on Calibri!
    First available in Windows Vista, released 30 January 2007!

    From Wikipedia, “Windows Vista development was completed 8 November 2006, and over the following three months, it was released in stages to hardware and software manufacturers”!
    “On 30 January 2007 it was released (for sale to the public) worldwide!Recommend

  • Frank
    Jul 11, 2017 - 1:59PM


    Before 2008 Calibiri was only available outside of Windows in a beta release. Windows beta releases are only available to a select audience, not the general public. The general public got to use Calibiri font for the first time in 2007. Please bear in mind that this part of the JIT report is based on feedback from a leading British forensics company that will never make such an elementary mistake.Recommend

  • khan
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:10PM

    @Saeed Masood:
    open ur eyes… its really needed so we all can progress…Recommend

  • TSS
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:10PM


    You mean to say they used notepad or wordpad to draft an actual legal document ? Moreover Wikipedia can easily be edited by any user !Recommend

  • Muntazir
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:26PM

    @ Rasheed.

    Please don’t distort facts. As per Wikipedia, “Calibri (/kəˈliːbri/) is a humanist sans-serif typeface family designed by Lucas de Groot in 2004 and reached the general public on January 30, 2007,[1][2][3] with the release of Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista on that date”. Unless, your holy queen was not a ‘general public’ but some heavenly creature.Recommend

  • Abdul Rehman
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:28PM

    what seems to be a good logic that font wasn’t created has been rushed just by one search on wiki i wonder what will happen when legals will really go through JIT report and find serious loop holes that were just created for populous decisionRecommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:37PM

    The JIT members were too hung up with social media feeds by PTI key bangers and failed to read the origin of Calibri http://www.thomasphinney.com/tag/calibri/ and similar fonts. what a mockery of justice!!Recommend

  • Muhibullah
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:45PM

    @Amir Sultan:
    Radley is plain wrong then, search microsoft.com and you’ll find customers complaining about the changes MS made in de Groot’s original calibri back in 2005

    What sort of slave mentality is this that London’s Radley can never be wrong?Recommend

  • HSK
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:53PM

    It was not made available to any public PC before 30th January 2007. It was made available via MS Office release for MS-Windows Vista on 30-01-07.Recommend

  • sultan ahmed
    Jul 11, 2017 - 2:59PM

    Calibri (/kəˈliːbri/) is a humanist sans-serif typeface family designed by Lucas de Groot in 2004 and reached the general public on January 30, 2007,[1][2][3] with the release of Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista ON THAT DATE.Recommend

  • AQ
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:03PM

    Patwaris read carefully, it was release across the major MS platform on Jan 30th 2007. Windows Vista and the Calibri fonts were released on the same day.
    From Wikipedia:

    Calibri (/kəˈliːbri/) is a humanist sans-serif typeface family designed by Lucas de Groot in 2004 and reached the general public on January 30, 2007,[1][2][3] with the release of Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista on that date.
    Windows Vista (codenamed Longhorn[7]) is an operating system by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs and media center PCs. Development was completed on 8 November 2006,[2] and over the following three months, it was released in stages to computer hardware and software manufacturers, business customers and retail channels. On 30 January 2007, it was released worldwide[3] and was made available for purchase and download from the Windows Marketplace.[8]Recommend

  • AQ
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:05PM

    Read it, both released on 2007, the same day Windows Vista was released. GO somewhere with your sick mind. You are fooled and blind from heart and brain.Recommend

  • Copper
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:18PM

    @Saeed Masood:
    Micorsoft consipiracy ..hain na? Recommend

  • Egs
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:19PM

    Still no shame among PML-N members. People will just drop to the lowest level possible just for money and power. Recommend

  • Copper
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:21PM

    It wasn’t available to general public, this font was made available in 2007. Recommend

  • Baaz
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:22PM

    calibri became first available in beta version from March 2006. Only handful of people had access to this. Even if we give Mariyam benefit of doubt and credit her for using the latest available version to print the trust deed but we cant because she signed the deed in feb 2006 just month before its beta release.Recommend

  • Office Beta
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:24PM

    Microsoft Office 2007
    Beta-1 = 2005-Nov-16
    Beta-1 TR = 2006-Mar-13
    Beta-2 = 2006
    Beta-2 TR = 2006-Sep-14
    RELEASED > 2006-Nov-30 >> 2007-Jan-30Recommend

  • Mubeen
    Jul 11, 2017 - 3:38PM

    To all kids and those who were computer-illiterate till 2007: Calibiri font is plainly not rendered correctly by Microsoft Office version 2003 (and is automatically substituted by replacement/alternate font), not even by the MS Office 2003 updates released during 2004-2007, and not even by the MS Office 2007 compatibility pack for MS Office 2003 that was released in 2007. It can be used ONLY by MS Office versions released in/after 2007.
    In that era, other Word processing tools, e.g. Star Office, were not using ClearType fonts during this time at all (almost all of them sticking to TrueType fonts)Recommend

  • Fauzan
    Jul 11, 2017 - 4:14PM

    Apparently Microsoft stole a secret PMLN font and released it in 2007. Plausible defense by a Patwari. Recommend

  • Hamza
    Jul 11, 2017 - 4:42PM

    Funny you should mention that. They are attempting to edit the page.Recommend

  • salman
    Jul 11, 2017 - 4:59PM

    @Proud Pakistani:
    That link actually strengths the JIT stance. You need to understand that when MS come out with a new product, they include compatibility pacts for older versions. They do not release the compatability packs before the new product. The only way out is for sharif family to prove that they were beta testers. Time to ask Bill Gates to send them a letter :)Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 12, 2017 - 3:38AM

    No Way Out!
    Beta version released March 2006 to very select software developers!
    Sharif (fraudulent) Document dated February 2006! Recommend

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