American blogger Cynthia Ritchie accuses PPP's Rehman Malik of rape

American blogger Cynthia Ritchie accuses PPP's Rehman Malik of rape

Lahore (Web Desk): American blogger Cynthia D. Ritchie has accused former interior minister Rehman Malik of raping her and two top leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of physically assaulting her at separate occasions.


In a video broadcast live on her Facebook page on Friday, Cynthia Ritchie said that incidents occurred in 2011 in Islamabad when the PPP was in power.

https://www.facebook.com/cynthiadritchie/videos/3012638535481275/

“In 2011, I was raped by former interior minister Rehman Malik, I will say it again, I was raped by then interior minister Rehman Malik. I was physically manhandled by the federal health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, while he (Gilani) was staying at the president house,” the blogger said, adding that she will be “happy to share details” with investigative journalists and that she has already shared the story with people she trusts “in case something happens”.

However, Yousuf Raza Gillani denied the charges levelled by Ritchie, saying that he even considered responding to such allegations "humiliation and disgrace".

The former premier questioned as to what the American blogger was doing at the Presidency when she was allegedly manhandled, and why she had been staying in Pakistan.

Gilani alleged that she had come to Pakistan as part of a campaign to malign politicians.

"Who has given them the right to malign politicians?" he asked.

The former PM said those raising such allegations "should be ashamed" and asked whether a person of the prime minister's stature could do such an act at the Presidency.

Yousuf Raza Gillani claimed that Ritchie was maligning him because his two sons had filed a defamation case against her for her allegedly defamatory tweet against Bhutto.

Ritchie, who was at the centre of a controversy last week when she tweeted what the PPP described as "derogatory and slanderous remarks" about slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The PPP had filed a complaint with the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing against the American blogger.

The complaint was filed by PPP’s district president in Islamabad Advocate Shakeel Abbasi.