Pakistanâ€™s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will resign his position immediately following a landmark decision by his countryâ€™s Supreme Court. Sharif has been under fire since last year, when leaked documents appeared to show his family had hidden wealth in shell companies overseas. Earlier this month, investigators revealed that crucial financial documents provided by the Sharifs used Microsoftâ€™s Calibri font but were dated from before that font was publicly released.
Back in April, the family of Pakistanâ€™s scandal-plagued prime minister landed in the crosshairs ofâ€¦
The five-member Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that Sharif was disqualified from holding a public position on the grounds that heâ€™d been â€œdishonest to Parliament and to the judicial systemâ€ according to CNN. A spokesperson for Sharifâ€™s PMLN party later read a statement that said, â€œNawaz Sharif will step down as premier of Pakistan despite reservations regarding the verdict.â€ The prime ministerâ€™s cabinet will also be dissolved.
Sharifâ€™s familyâ€™s finances first garnered scrutiny following the leak of 11.5 million documents known as the Panama Papers. The allegedly hacked documents identified many powerful people around the world and outlined how they concealed money through shell companies. Sharif was named in the leak and an investigation into the finances of several of his immediate family members followed.
The investigation concluded early this month and the final report identified several instances of alleged wrongdoing. But it was the use of Microsoftâ€™s font on a document that was supposed to pre-date Calibriâ€™s existence that served as a focal point, rallying the public to condemn Sharif. His daughter, Maryam Sharif tweeted an image of a disclosure document in November that was dated 2006. When investigators examined the form, they realized that it couldnâ€™t be legitimate because Calibri was released to the public in 2007. Social media users began using #Fontgate as shorthand for all things related to the Sharif familyâ€™s corruption.
Among the findings, investigators said that Sharifâ€™s children had not disclosed their ownership of three offshore companies that had made deals worth at least $25 million. They also claim that Sharif was the chairman of the board at a company called Capital FZE which is registered in the United Arab Emirates. These things wouldnâ€™t necessarily be illegal in Pakistan, but the family is required to formally declare their involvement.
For Pakistan, this story is nothing new. No civilian prime minister has finished a full first-term in the nationâ€™s 69-year history. This isnâ€™t even Sharifâ€™s first time being forced out of office. He was ousted by Pervez Musharraf in 1999 through a military coup and was imprisoned on charges of hijacking and corruption. A deal was brokered for his release six months later. After spending some time in exile, Sharif managed to get reelected in 2013. The supreme courtâ€™s decision on Friday should make it impossible for him to hold office again in the future, but who the hell knows. Musharraf danced on Sharifâ€™s grave shortly after the decision, telling CNN, â€œIt should have been finished much before but anyway, better late than never.â€
At the time of the revelation that the font couldnâ€™t have been used on Sharifâ€™s daughterâ€™s disclosure form, there was some dispute over the actual date of Calibriâ€™s public availability. That doesnâ€™t seem matter to much anymore.
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