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"We will continue supporting Nawaz Sharif", Danyal Butt, 40, told Pakistan Today, adding he was unable to understand allegations levelled against the prime minister by the JIT.

A leading Pakistani newspaper on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to "do the right thing (in) democracy and step aside, at least temporarily" in view of the corruption charges he faces.

"I already thought Calibri was the greatest font ever but I never imagined it would achieve legend status", one Twitter user said. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen claimed that divisions have surfaced within the PML-N over resignation of the prime minister.

"The JIT report about our family businesses is the sum of hypotheses, accusations and slander", Sharif said in a statement after meeting his cabinet.

The plush apartments are at the heart of the case against the Sharif family, with authorities and the opposition questioning the legitimacy of funds used to buy them via offshore companies. The country's Supreme Court ordered a group of investigators to look into the matter, culminating the report produced this week. This was caught after a lab expert from the United Kingdom pointed out that the document was written in the Calibri font which was not available in 2006 when the document presented by Maryam Nawaz was actually signed.

The probe against Sharif and his family dates back to April 2016, when the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of a global financial industry that enabled politicians, business people, criminals and others around the world to hide their ill-gotten gains or provide tax havens through offshore companies.

Under scanner for the revelations in the Panama Papers story, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, daughter and political heir to Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is in the eye of a storm created by a Microsoft Word typeface used in a document a good year before it's time. To prove that claim, she produced a trust deed signed by herself and her brother and dated February 2006.

It was not immediately clear what action the Supreme Court would take over the report, whose recommendations are not legally binding.

Sharif mocked at the opposition and the media at the Cabinet meeting by saying his party, the PML (N), bagged more votes in general elections than the aggregate of those demanding his resignation.

"Every contradiction will not only be contested but decimated in SC", tweeted Maryan Nawaz Sharif (pix), Sharif's daughter, referring to Pakistan's Supreme Court.

He was also briefed on the JIT report by the party's legal experts.


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