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Sharif's family rejects graft probe findings

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Prolonging tenure at a cost

The Prime Minister's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, is widely seen as her father's political successor however if she's found to have forged documents to hide her family's assets it could dampen her leadership ambitions.

"I already thought Calibri was the greatest font ever but I never imagined it would achieve legend status", one Twitter user said.

Shehbaz Sharif was of the opinion that Prime Minister should focus on fighting the case and clearing his name.

The premier observed that the report by the JIT did not present credible documents to contradict the evidence presented by Sharif family adding that it was a combination of baseless allegations put forth by his opponents.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif is under investigation by the country's Judicial Investigation Team (JIT) for alleged connections to property bought in London through offshore companies.

Sharif has always denied any wrongdoing over his family allegedly using offshore companies to buy luxury flats in London.

Therefore, the papers submitted by her were declared to be forged because they were typed in the Calibri font, which they said was not publicly available before January 31, 2007. 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.

Three of Sharif's four children - Maryam and his sons Hasan and Hussein - were implicated in the widely covered Panama Papers.

A minister from Sharif's ruling party dismissed the report, saying its findings were "unsubstantiated". The JIT has accused Maryam Nawaz Sharif of forgery.

The JIT, in its report, highlighted that Sharif was "non-committal" about two letters furnished to the Supreme Court by the former Qatari prime minister about financial dealing. "JIT report REJECTED. Every contradiction will not only be contested but decimated in SC", she wrote, referring to the Supreme Court.

The corruption controversy which has engulfed her family erupted previous year with the publication of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, revealing the offshore dealings of numerous world's rich and powerful. The bench had also ordered the attorney general that the federation may itself decide about constitution of commission to initiate inquiry and proceed against the person in accordance with law.

The 67-year-old leader said his family business has been targeted for over six decades but "there is no single sentence, which points out corruption committed by him". There were also calls for Sharif to be disqualified.

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