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Cynthia Ritchie Says PML-N Stole Her ‘Emerging Pakistan’ Project

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US-Pakistani blogger Cynthia Ritchie has claimed that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) stole her project ‘Emerging Pakistan’ in their last tenure.

The blogger in an interview to journalist Muhammad Malik on his show, said that she had worked for years on her project but the previous ruling party PML-N stole it. She also accused the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and members of a social rights movement Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) of harassing her in the past few years.

The journalists have reacted strongly to Cynthia’s recent allegations. Veteran journalist Hamid Mir said, “She [Cynthia] must come up with some evidence and explain how she is staying in Pakistan since last 10 years. No American journalist can get Pakistani visa without the approval of security agencies.”

The blogger claimed in her written statement to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that she has been investigating PTM for the last two years “with the assistance of supporting agencies and military”.

In her reply to FIA, Cynthia claimed: “In this process [investigating PTM] our teams have found links of ant-state activities between PTM and PPP.” She further accused PTM activist Gulalai Ismail, Academia Nida Kirmani, activist Marvi Sirmed, and former diplomat Hussain Haqqani of harassing her online, after her pictures in Miran Shah with military officials were released in 2018.

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