Cynthia Ritchie, US blogger, Islamabad High Court

Court allows US blogger Cynthia Ritchie to stay in Pakistan till Nov 13

The Islamabad High Court has allowed the US blogger Cynthia Ritchie to stay in Pakistan till November 13 while hearing her plea.

The IHC was hearing Ritchie’s plea challenging her deportation by the Ministry of Interior. The notification has been suspended and her lawyers given till November 13 to submit their arguments.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah also heard PPP’s Rehman Malik’s application on the registration of a case against Ritchie for ‘maligning’ him. His application was earlier dismissed by a sessions court.

The Ordinance relates to “Whoever by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by visible representations, makes or publishes an imputation of zina concerning any person intending to harm, or knowing or having reason to believe that such imputation will harm the reputation, or hurt the feelings, of such person, is said except in the cases hereinafter excepted, to commit qazf”.

The court issued notices to Ritchie in the case which were received by her laywer Ahmad Raza Khan Kasuri.

Ritchie, who identifies herself as a media director and producer, has accused the former interior minister of raping her, and former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin of manhandling her in 2011. The accusation has been denied by the PPP leaders.

“In 2011, I was raped by the former interior minister Rehman Malik. That’s right. I’ll say it again. I was raped by then interior minister Rehman Malik,” she said in a Facebook Live session on June 6.

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