American blogger accuses PPP leader of rape, assault in 2011

The war of words between the two parties started after Ritchie made accusations about Benazir Bhutto

American Blogger Cynthia D. Ritchie has accused some of the top leaders of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) of rape and sexual assault. Ritchie said that the said events took place nine years ago in Islamabad. People’s Party has strongly denied the allegations.

In a Facebook live video, the American blogger detailed the ordeal. Former Interior Minister Rehman Malik was accused of rape after he spiked her drink while former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former federal minister Makhdom Shahabuddin have been accused of assault.  

“In 2011, I was raped by the former interior minister Rehman Malik. That’s right, I’ll say it again. I was raped by the then interior minister Rehman Malik,” she said. Ritchie said that she can provide more graphic details but held back since the audience may include underage children. She said she is willing to give more information to investigative journalists.

She also said that she got in touch with the U.S. Embassy but did not get a proper response from them regarding the matter.

Former Prime Minister called the allegation “disgraceful” and said that they have been leveled against him since his two sons reported Ritchie to the FIA’s cybercrime wing for defamatory tweets against Bilawal Bhutton Zardari.

Sherry Rehman of Pakistan People’s Party said that Rehman Malik too denied the allegations. He does not want to address to the matter directly, she added. “The American woman has made the allegations at the behest of a specific person or group,” Sherry Rehman said.

The spat between the two parties started on Twitter after Cynthia Ritchie made serious accusations against Benazir Bhutto, the slain former prime minister of the country. She also made certain claims about the personal life of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Co-Chariman of PPPP and son of Benazir Bhutto.

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