US Blogger Cynthia Ritchie Once Again Claims To Be Working With ISPR, KP govt
Cynthia Ritchie, the controversial Islamabad-based American blogger, claimed Thursday that she was working with the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and the K-P government, despite DG ISPR’s alleged denial earlier in this regard.
“Despite DG ISPR’s categorical denial, Cynthia Dawn Ritchie writes in her visa renewal application that she’s working with ISPR and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on various projects,” said senior journalist Mubashir Zaidi on Twitter today.
Despite @OfficialDGISPR categorical denial @CynthiaDRitchie writes in her visa renewal application that she's working with ISPR and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on various projects pic.twitter.com/DUyLyCdFfe
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) June 25, 2020
Earlier, Journalist Arshad Sharif had claimed that DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar had denied any ‘direct’ relation and ‘work contract’ with the blogger.
On June 5, the blogger stirred a storm in the national mainstream by accusing the then Interior Minister, PPP’s Rehman Malik of raping her. In a live video on her Facebook page, she had also accused former minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and ex premier Yousuf Raza Gilani of manhandling her.
Prior to that, on May 28, Ritchie posted remarks against the slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, termed by the PPP as “derogatory and slanderous”.
On Monday, according to news reports, the Islamabad High Court rejected the blogger’s petition against directives to the FIA to file a case against her. She had challenged the order, maintaining that she had not committed any crime and so the agency should not register a case against her.