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Interior Ministry Gives Clean Chit To US Blogger Cynthia Ritchie Over Complaints

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Ministry of Interior has given US blogger Cynthia Ritchie a clean chit over the complaints filed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) against her. The ministry also decided not to deport the blogger from Pakistan and allowed her to stay in the country till August 31.

Samaa reported that a written copy of the order was submitted to the Islamabad High Court in this regard, during the hearing of Ritchie’s case on Friday. The blogger said that she was happy that the ministry passed a decision in her favour.

However, former Punjab governor and PPP leader Latif Khosa has said that he was not satisfied with the decision and will be challenging it. “This is an attempt to mislead the court by the secretary of the Interior Ministry,” he remarked.

“The interior ministry’s report has tried to dismiss PPP’s plea as it says that Ritchie has a visa and she’s not involved in any criminal activities. We will prove the reality behind Ritchie and make sure that she’s deported,” he added.

Meanwhile, a lawyer affiliated with PPP has submitted a complaint against US blogger Cynthia D. Ritchie in Islamabad’s police station for allegedly violating banking rules by providing ‘forged documents’ and ‘fake information’ to open her account in a branch of HBL in Islamabad.

The Nation reported that the applicant Raja Ammar Shaukat Turk is PPP’s additional deputy secretary general for Rawalpindi region. In his application, Raja Ammar lodged a criminal complaint against Cynthia and the concerned bank employee who with ‘joint criminal connivance committed violations of Section 420, 428, 468 and 478 of PPC and also banking laws under the Banking Act of Pakistan”.

The applicant stated that Cynthia was issued business visa on 18th March, 2019 which got expired on March 2, 2020. “According to the terms and conditions of her business visa, she was supposed and bound to do only business in Pakistan but she acted otherwise by falsely declaring wilfully and fraudulently with the intention to commit crime in Pakistan.”

He said that she had falsely declared that she had no business in USA whereas she had been declared as bankrupt in USA and in this regard copies of the default companies were provided to the police. The applicant pleaded that since Ritchie and the Bank staff were guilty of fraud, an action be initiated against her, the concerned bank manager and other facilitators.

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