American blogger and Pakistan explorer Cynthia D. Ritchie’s explosive allegations of rape in opposition to Rehman Malik has not elicited a response from the previous Pakistan dwelling or inside minister.
Then-Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has summarily rejected the cost that he molested Cynthia D. Ritchie on the Presidential Palace in Islamabad.
She has additionally accused then Pakistan Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin of bodily assaulting her on a distinct event. Cynthia D. Ritchie was mentioned to be actually near Makhdoom Shabuddin on the time of the incident.
EX-PAK PM GILANI DENIES
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani mentioned it was a shame to reply to the allegation of sexual assault leveled by Cynthia D. Ritchie. He mentioned Cynthia Ritchie ought to be ‘ashamed of herself’ for crying rape and intentionally dragging Opposition leaders right into a scandal. Cynthia D. Ritchie has not filed a grievance with the police however made these fees on social media.
“An individual of my stature can’t consider it. I’ll have gone to Presidency to satisfy the president or with a delegation, and the way may such nonsense factor occur there,” he mentioned as his get together battled with the questions raised by Cynthia D. Ritchie in a video on Facebook.
“Can a first-rate minister ever commit such an act on the Aiwan-e-Sadr,” he requested, “Who gave her the fitting to accuse politicians like this?”
“I’m not apprehensive about what was mentioned about me. I’m extra involved concerning the baseless accusations leveled at Shaheed Benazir,” Yousaf Raza Gilani mentioned responding to the allegations in opposition to him. Cynthia D. Ritchie has made a number of remarks concerning the assassinated Prime Minister and PPP icon Benazir Bhutto’s intercourse life and her fascination for intercourse toys and younger boys.
REHMAN MALIK SILENT
Rehman Malik, the highly effective former inside minister, nevertheless, has been conspicuously absent. He has not responded to media’s calls to his residence and his private cell phone has been switched off since Cynthia D. Ritchie went reside on Facebook to accuse him of raping her in 2011 after she was provided a drink laced with sedatives.
She mentioned one night time in 2011, she was at Rehman Malik’s official residence the place she was obtained with flowers and provided a drink.
Rehman Malik, then inside minister, then raped her. On completely different events, she claimed, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin, bodily manhandled her on the official residence of then-President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad.
Occurred at IM’s home in min enclave 2011 across the OBL incident. I assumed it a gathering about my visa however I used to be given flowers/ a drugged drink. I saved quiet – who in PPP gov’t would assist me in opposition to PPP IM?
Recently they attacked household; I’ve had it. Ready to face any accuser https://t.co/KkGSKTERQs
— Cynthia D. Ritchie (@CynthiaDRitchie) June 5, 2020
CYNTHIA PRIDE OF PAKISTAN
Cynthia D. Ritchie’s fees have drawn help from many on social media as #CynthiaPrideofPakistan trended on Twitter quickly after she spoke concerning the sexual assault. Members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have come out in help of her.
The different Opposition get together, the Pakistan Muslim League (N) has not revealed its stance and is feared to be the subsequent goal of Cynthia’s plan to show the Opposition. She has promised to show PML(N) as properly. She has made it clear that PPP leaders weren’t the one ones who indulged in sexual exploitation of ladies.
Cynthia D Ritchie mentioned, “My story is deeply emotional. Even my household has not identified till now. I’ve tried to be optimistic & promote the softer aspect of Pakistan however have additionally skilled the very dangerous. I want to inform my fact one time so that ladies, transgenders, locals can perceive they don’t seem to be alone.”
“This just isn’t an indictment of PPP, as I’ve been mistreated by males from numerous events,” she posted this on Twitter, including, “However the vast majority of my instances, together with two extra (I) haven’t talked about have been both Pakistani lobbyist or second-tier PPP.”
“Many cherished BB, and the unique message I used to be making an attempt to convey was this was disgusting language utilized by males about BB who appear to be obsessive about raping ladies or take pleasure in telling fantasized tales of rape to ladies. The rape tradition should cease. Women should work collectively to teach kids re: what’s not okay & defend themselves in opposition to predators,” she wrote.
Cynthia D. Ritchie obtained launched to Pakistani politics through a fellow Texan, who was a federal minister, in the course of the time she first visited Pakistan in 2009. He launched her to well being minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and he or she went on to help dwelling minister Rehman Malik.
She had entry to the ability corridors in Islamabad always and started working in Pakistan for Pakistan. It’s not clear in what capability she labored for Pakistan, however she is rumoured to be a communications advisor for rent.
She has been a filmmaker and even labored with an NGO backed by the World Bank. She was a vacationer to start with however fell in love with Pakistan has been there for over a decade. On numerous events, there have been murmurs about Cynthia D. Ritchie being a overseas operative. This led to many ministers distancing themselves from her.
She bounced again after the regime change in Islamabad. She was equally well-liked and influential even in the course of the rule of Nawaz Sharif’s PML (N) authorities. Once Imran Khan’s PTI authorities took over, her recognition peaked. She has been lively on social media as a defender of Pakistan and its army.
Cynthia D. Ritchie often targets the Opposition events with damning paperwork and well-liked help. For an American, she has a considerable grip on the goings-on in Pakistani politics and safety institution. She doesn’t conceal her entry benefit as she freely posts paperwork that would not be obtained by a mean citizen.
The final two weeks have, nevertheless, been completely different as a result of Cynthia D. Ritchie has gone after the icons of the Opposition Pakistan People’s Party on the regional and nationwide ranges. She has accused them of economic corruption and ethical depravity.
NO RESPONSE FROM US EMBASSY
The degree of discourse spiraled downwards as soon as she accused late Benazir Bhutto of getting guards rape ladies. A PPP chief filed a case in opposition to her and demanded her deportation. Cynthia D. Ritchie then adopted it up with way more dust on PPP leaders and this culminated within the Facebook Live the place she revealed she was raped by none aside from the house minister of Pakistan in 2011.
While she has obtained a whole lot of help in Pakistan, her personal nation and the US embassy haven’t reacted. The United States embassy is fast to behave in case of an assault on a US citizen on overseas soil however on this case, the embassy has saved mum.
Cynthia D. Ritchie has mentioned she had spoken to embassy officers in 2011 as properly when the alleged rape occurred. She mentioned they have been then caught up in the entire Osama bin Laden drama as he was just lately killed in Abbottabad, close to Islamabad. This has made many specific disbelief because the rape of a US citizen is much too critical a matter to be ignored by the US embassy.
The embassy officers, nevertheless, haven’t spoken even after she made this public on Friday.
Among Pakistanis too, whereas there may be help for her, there are those that doubt her story. Like many did within the #MeToo instances, the timing, that she is elevating this 9 years later, is being questioned. The foremost allegation in opposition to her is that she is a double agent like David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-US citizen who performed a key position within the Mumbai assaults of 2009.
He is serving a 35-year jail sentence again within the US after a deal reached with US companies. Cynthia D. Ritchie, who has been a suspected overseas operative, is now alleged to be on the roles of Pakistani spy company’s PR wing, ISPR.
Senior journalist and peace activist Marvi Sirmed mentioned: “Whatever Ms Ritchie is accusing PPP leaders of deserves investigation. There have to be a clear and thorough investigation. The official of the US Embassy also needs to be investigated who requested Ms Ritchie to be silent. Questions ought to be requested and answered. Investigation demanded.”