American blogger accuses Pakistan’s Zardari govt officials of rape, threats
An American blogger and former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) social media strategist has accused a former interior minister and former prime minister of rape and sexual assault — through a live video on Facebook and a series of posts on Twitter.
Cynthia D. Ritchie, who relocated from America to Pakistan in 2010, disclosed the information and threats through a live video on Facebook.
She visited Pakistan for the very first time in 2009. She claims to have been invited to assist in building the image of Pakistan by then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, and then Interior Minister Rehman Malik. She said she was the PPP ‘s communications adviser.
She moved to Pakistan by the end of 2010, as things were going well, and now resides in Islamabad.
On this long trip, though, things were not all rosy for her, she says. Rehman Malik was accused of raping her in 2011, after lacing her drink with sedatives. She also accused former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former Minister of Health Makhdoom Shahabuddin of manhandling her physically inside the House of Presidents in Islamabad.
Pakistan was then under the Asif Ali Zardari administration.
She backed her accusations as she went live on Facebook on Friday by providing details and sequences of the events listed in her video. She also claimed to have formal evidence on screenshots, text messages, and recordings of calls.“I will be happy to go into more detail with an appropriate, neutral, and investigative journalist,” she said.
Although she has not yet revealed the evidence and proof, she has assured that in a week or two she will soon disclose all of the evidence mentioned.
However, after filing a complaint against him in the UAE, she did upload screenshots of her WhatsApp conversation with Nasir Rashid Baralvi, Secretary Detail, PPP, UAE.
In 2011, she also said that she had protested to the US Embassy. However, “because of the ‘fluid’ situation and the ‘complex’ relationship between the US and Pakistan, there was less than an adequate response.