PPP leader Rehman Malik has filed as Rs 500 million defamation case against US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie. He called her allegations “false, frivolous and baseless”. He has filed his case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Moreover, a notice has been sent to the US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie to rescind her accusation and issue an unqualified apology. Former Interior Minister Rehman Malik has denied the rape allegations of American blogger Cynthia D Ritchie. He called the accusation ‘wild’ and ‘baseless’.
After categorically denying the accusations, Rehman Malik has filed a defamation case the US blogger. But Cynthia is
Rehman Malik denied Cynthia’s accusations
“Senator A. Rehman Malik has endorsed the statement of former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani wherein he has denied the allegations leveled by US Citizen Cynthia D. Ritchie,” said a statement released by the PPP leader’s spokesperson.
Rehman Malik said that these allegations are intended to malign and scandalize him with malafide intentions. Even former PM Yousuf Raza Gillani has also denied the allegations of Cynthia D Ritchie.
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Rahman Malik’s spokesperson asked that why Cynthia D Ritchie remained silent for 10 years. He called the allegations from the vested interests to taint his reputation.
“Tweets from Indian RAW directly threatening Senator A. Rehman Malik [and] hinting him of some dirty moves against him as senator stands against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is committed to Kashmir cause,” further said the senator’s spokesperson.
He further added that Malik will not directly respond to Cynthia D Ritche’s allegations. As he considers this ‘below his dignity’.
“Senator Malik’s sons independently have asked their lawyers for necessary legal action and defamation against her.”
“Malik has always been fighting for the rights and dignity of women. Her reaction has come also due to Senator A. Rehman Malik’s action as Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior regarding the derogatory remarks and fake news of the said US citizen against Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto which she has tweeted earlier.”
Accusations of US blogger
American filmmaker, Cynthia D Ritchie claims former Interior Minister, Rehman Maliks raped her. Her shocking claims brought her in hot waters. As she faced strong resistance from PPP leadership following her claims.
Cynthia claimed the top tier leadership of PPP raped and manhandled her in 2011. She blamed Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Health Minister Makhdom Shahabuddin, and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani. In her shocking accusations, she claimed that PPP’s former Interior Minister Rehman Malik sexually assaulted her.
She repeated her allegations in the Facebook live video. Moreover, she invited journalists to thoroughly investigate her assertions in the video. Cynthia D Ritchie elaborated her claims further on Twitter. She said the incident happened at the Interior Minister’s House in Minister’s Enclave in 2011. However, also the incident happened around the operation of American forces against Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Hence, she could not pursue her case.
Cynthia D. Ritchie claimed that she was a raped victim. She named Rehman Malik of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) for the assault. See the whole clip for detail.@CynthiaDRitchie #CynthiaIsPrideOfPakistan #CynthiaRitchie pic.twitter.com/DZWNqW5Sll
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She said she went there for a meeting purported for her visa. But, in the meeting, she received flowers and was given a drugged drunk. She said she kept quiet for days since she believed nobody would help her pursue the case against Rehman Malik from the PPP’s government.
She said she discussed the incident with someone in the USA Embassy in 2011. Yet, she could not receive much help due to the complex and fluid relations between the USA and Pakistan following the OBL incident.