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The infamous issue of Calibri font has been removed from the charge sheet against Maryam Nawaz which was considered to be used to fabricate the evidence as pointed by the Joint Investigation Team in Panama Papers Case, on Wednesday. The court accepted that Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar’s application for altering the charge-sheets to exclude the Calibri font issue. Judge Muhammad Bashir held that the Calibri font issue can be taken up after the reference concluded.
“Offence mentioned at serial No 3(a) of the schedule of NAO 1999 has been altered,” the couple’s counsel Amjad Parvez told sources. Pervez said that the court could take up the matter after the final judgment if it found any forged documents during the trial.
The counsel for Maryam and Safdar asked the court that the matter of bearing false evidence should be taken upon the pronouncement of judgment. “The framing of charges at this stage is illegal and without jurisdiction,” he said.
Citing the investigation report, Pervez said the investigating officer recommended filing of reference against petitioners and three others on allegations of assets beyond means under Section 9(a) of NAO, 1999. He said the NAB chairman had filed the reference under sections 9(a)(iv)(v)(xii) and serial No 2 of the schedule of the NAB ordinance.
But, he maintained, perusal of the charge reflected that in addition to offences mentioned in the reference, the accountability court also proceeded to frame charge in terms of the offence mentioned at serial No 3(a) of the schedule of NAO 1999.