Accountability court dismisses ‘Calibri’ plea against Maryam Nawaz

ISLAMABAD, July 19 (INP): The accountability court on Friday dismissed a plea by the anti-graft watchdog (NAB) seeking action against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz for allegedly submitting a bogus trust deed in the Avenfield case.

The court, presided by Judge Muhammad Bashir, declared the plea inadmissible for hearing

Maryam Nawaz was accompanied by her husband Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Pervez Rashid and Sadia Abbasi. Dozens of PML-N workers were also present at the premises to support their party leader.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had alleged that the trust deed Maryam presented in the Avenefield case was bogus and requested a trial against the PML-N leader for fraudulent documents. During the hearing, Maryam spoke on the rostrum with judge’s permission. Maryam Nawaz was witnessed asking prosection that why did it take them a year to bring out the trust deed issue. NAB prosecutor responded: “Better late than never”. The two continued to exchange words until the judge barred Maryam from doing so, asking her that she should let her lawyer carry out the proceedings. After hearing arguments of both parties in the case, the court quashed NAB’s appeal against the PML-N Vice President. In 2017, a Pakistani team investigating former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s alleged illegal offshore properties – flagged in the Panama Papers – released its final report that mentioned ‘Calibri’. That report surmised that some of the documents it received from Maryam were forged, as they used Microsoft’s ‘Calibri’ font. In and of itself, that was not a problem. There was just the small matter of the documents being from 2006, when the font was not available for public use. Microsoft released the font for public use in 2007. INP/AJ