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Fontgate’: Wikipedia halts edits on its page on Microsoft’s ‘Calibri’ font

In the wake of the revelation that Microsoft’s Calibri font was applied in alleged forged documents in the Panama Papers investigation, Wikipedia received a myriad of edit requests prompting it to block public editing on its page about the font.

 

 

“This article is currently protected from editing until July 18, 2017, or until editing, disputes have been resolved,” said the notification on top of the ‘Calibri’ page of the online encyclopaedia, The Times of India reported.

On Tuesday alone, there were 35 revisions made to the Wikipedia’s article page on the font. And just a day earlier, a Pakistani team investigating Prime Minister 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 Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, were forged because they used Microsoft’s ‘Calibri’ font.

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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 only released it for public use back in 2007.

“The originals of the certified declarations are not correctly dated and have been created at some later point in time,” the Pakistani investigative team’s report stated.

The anomaly was flagged by London’s Redley Forensic Document Laboratory to whom the Pakistani team has sent the documents for authentication.

A columnist tweeted a screengrab of the laboratory’s comment on Maryam’s documents.”I have identified the type font used to produce both certified Declarations as ‘Calibri’. However, Calibri was not commercially available before January 31, 2007, and as such, neither of the originals of the certified Declarations is correctly dated and happy [sic] to have been created at some later point in time,” is the comment from the London forensic investigator Robert W. Radley, based on the screengrab.

 

 

A newspaper decided to get in touch with Lucas de Groot, the designer who created ‘Calibri’. They asked him if the font was available in February 2006, when Maryam said the documents were from. De Groot’s company, LucasFonts, replied saying the final design of the font was sent to Microsoft “not before March 2004”. Subsequent to that, it was only used in beta versions “intended for programmers and technology freaks”.

“As the file size of such operating systems is huge, it would have been a serious effort to get,” LucasFonts said, indicating that it is unlikely anyone else got a hold of the font for sustained use in documents from that time.

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It added that the first public beta version of ‘Calibri’ was published in 2006. Wikipedia said it was released on June 6, 2006. Maryam’s documents are said to be from four months before that.

Twitter was abuzz with jokes about the whole issue and there were a few conspiracy theories as well. One person said the revisions to Wikipedia’s ‘Calibri’ page pointed to an attempt to change the date of release of the font by Microsoft. Dubbed #FontGate, the hashtag was trending on Twitter for most of Tuesday.

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Tariq Malik Kaisay Bartaraf Huay?

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EDHI SAHIB ON NAWAZ SHARIF’S CORRUPTION

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Successful Politicians

LETTER TO EDITOR

May 30th, 2013

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Successful Politicians

 

Churchill while defining politics and politicians had said that a successful politician was the one who promised moon and stars to his electorate before the elections and after being elected to the power could explain to them as to why he couldn’t do all that he had promised.  MNS has certainly grown up to qualify for that category of successful politicians.  He has so far taken to explain only one issue that of the energy and load shedding as to why it can’t be solved sooner as promised and one would have to wait and see what he will have to say about the other many many  ‘moons’ and the ‘stars’ that the Shareef brothers had so enthusiastically promised to the masses – the poor naïve masses who believe in such “successful” politicians who take them time and again for a big ride.

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd) 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Rawalpindi 
Pakistan

E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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“Nawaz Shareef to take Oath in a Special Sherwani costing Rs 15 Lakh.

LETTER TO EDITOR

May 27th, 2013

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The Coronation Sherwani

 

“Nawaz Shareef to take Oath in a Special Sherwani costing Rs 15 Lakh.

Mara Lara!

YAA”

How I wish the above news going rounds on the internet is not true. And if it is true, nothing could be more ridiculous than it. Would Nawaz Shareef look any more dignified in it than Manmohan Singh in his cotton Kurta Pyjama?  Why can’t he emulate his favourite Indian leader in matters of austerity and simplicity?  How would he sermonize the nation to shun ostentation and be not extravagant, if he himself cannot practice frugality?Deegar ra naseehat – Khud Mian fasihat!! Incidentally, If it is so, someone must be taking him for a big ride by selling him a so called designer’s sherwani for 15 lacs! I wonder how many millions the “coronation” Shalwar to match the sherwani would cost ?! I think, a whole lot of school kids in some poor locality of Pakistan could be outfitted with their clothes and uniforms with that kind of money. Remember? only yesterday, the Chinese PM asked the GOP that the money to be spent on h is reception should be diverted for the poor’s welfare.  That is what true leaders are and that’s how they care for the poor.

And, here we have some spending millions on their ‘coronation’ costumes.  Does it not speak of the real worth of them? How small they are in their real stature and size that they have to prop up their personality by making use of such props?!  One wonders how much would the rest of the regalia, the receptions, the banquets and other ceremonies cost to the poor national exchequer on this occasion.

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Rawalpindi
Pakistan

E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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