Ali Saleem, aka Begum Nawazish Ali, has on Saturday revealed that American citizen Cynthia Dawn Ritchie was once very close to him and they even shared a room for several days. He said that during this time, Cynthia had told him of Imran Khan’s (now prime minister) offer to have sex with her.
Talking to a Pakistani journalist, Ali Saleem revealed that Cynthia had never talked to him about being raped by Rehman Malik. “If she was close enough with me to discuss Imran Khan’s offer to have sex, she could also have talked about the rape she had gone through at the hands of former interior minister. But she didn’t”, said Ali.
Clarifying his position on Rehman Malik, Ali Saleem said that he had no sympathies for Rehman Malik either because he was the man in charge of Benazir Bhutto’s security on the eve of her murder and instead of probing him for his failure to provide the security, President Asif Ali Zardari had made him the interior minister of the country. “However, I can confirm that Cynthia never talked to me about being raped by Rehman Malik”, he added.
Cynthia D Ritchie had claimed in a Facebook Live session on Friday that she had been raped by Rehman Malik in 2011 ‘around the time of Osama bin Laden’s killing’. She had also accused former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and former Minister for Health Makhdoom Shahabuddin of manhandling her. She said that Gilani had manhandled her while he was staying at the President House.
The former prime minister has rubbished the claims, saying that the lady had accused Benazir Bhutto of getting women raped by her guards, and Gilani’s sons had decided to move court against her. “She’s alleging me of manhandling her now as a counter move only”, he said in a statement. However, he added that the decision to move court against Cynthia’s allegations will be made after consultation with the party.